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TiggerBear
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Re: Should books have a rating system similar to movies?

Well the rating system for movies is flawed and corrupt. The ratings for games is a tad better organized, but notorious for causing severe delays and production issues. The ratings a great many US manga releases are easily understandable though a tad broad. (shrug)

 

I see areas of abuse more than I see benefits. Sellers choosing not to carry certain books due to their ratings. Do we really want to start carding for something like Lady Chatterley's Lover? Issues such as that.

 

All that being said. Have any of you guys seen the back cover of books put out by the Angry Robot publisher? Top right corner a file under list with the books main elements listed, near the bottom a you might like listing of similar works. It's not a rating but it does give you a better heads up on contents.

 

 

 

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Peppermill
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Re: Should books have a rating system similar to movies?

 


dino_v wrote:

Off the top of my head I can think of at least two things that would go wrong with such a system:

 

 

  1. It might raise the price of books as such a system would presumably have to be paid for by someone
  2. I can just imagine the controversy when the bible gets a R-rating!

 


 

Wish I could give you laurels multiple times, Dino!

 

But isn't an X-rating stronger than an R?

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Re: Should books have a rating system similar to movies?

No, please no more rating systems that really don't mean much. The reader gets a lot of information by taking the time to look over the brief description of the book, picking a few pages to skim and by reviews. We really don't need more "red tape" associated with the pleasure of reading. Synopsis and review have served me well in choosing what to read. What I love about my Nook Color is the opportunity to read several pages before deciding to buy. I love that feature!

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Re: Should books have a rating system similar to movies?

 


Peppermill wrote:

 


dino_v wrote:

Off the top of my head I can think of at least two things that would go wrong with such a system:

 

 

  1. It might raise the price of books as such a system would presumably have to be paid for by someone
  2. I can just imagine the controversy when the bible gets a R-rating!

 


 

Wish I could give you laurels multiple times, Dino!

 

But isn't an X-rating stronger than an R?


They haven't used X in over a decade. It's NC-17 as the strongest rating.

 

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Re: Should books have a rating system similar to movies?

Great thoughts! 

 

I'm not a big of R, PG, etc....but I would like to see some sort of general rating on books. Such as contains sex scene, strong profanity, graphic violence, etc. 

 

Just my opinion though.

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Re: Should books have a rating system similar to movies?

There is age limit on porno literature.  Is it not some kind of rating already in place?

 

The publisher can easily classify books which can also serve a kind of rating system.  Just some ideas, I can think of.  But I believe reader should have true info as much as possible.

 

I see nothing wrong to have a rating system, IMO.

 

 

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RHWright
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Re: Should books have a rating system similar to movies?

No, never.

 

There's a reason there's a "children's section," and that's about all the distinction any responsible adult needs.

 

If you have content preferences one way or the other on sex, violence, or a host of other topics ratings systems purport to give guidance on, that's what a little good, old-fashioned research is for.

 

Read reviews and criticism. Check out an author or publisher's marketing or web page.

 

Better yet, ask a bookseller. They are generally very well read and knowledgeable. You give them some vague parameters (e.g. published in the last 20 years; not too much violence; romantic but not steamy; historical) and you might be surprised how many specific, good suggestions they can throw at you.

 

Again, a good bookseller knows their product and can help match you with the right book. It's not just about putting any book in your hand and getting you out the door; it's about finding you the book you want, and sometimes didn't even know you'ld want and love until they suggested it and you read it.