28 Replies Latest reply on Oct 26, 2012 9:46 AM by wtxgrl3

    Sexually explicit content/titles: Any way to filter those out so they don't show up?

      I have to say that I was shocked at some of the titles that come up in general searches for books on BN.com.  We gave our 11 and 13 year old their own Nooks for Christmas, and I don't want them exposed to this sort of material.  Is there any way to put a family-friendly filter in place, or are we just going to have to not allow the kids to search online for books themselves??

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          My 11 yr old also has a Nook. I have put a password on it.  I shop online for books with her, and I have to agree with the book she buys. When we agree on the book, I will then download it for her as she does not know the password.

           

          I do  not know if you can filter the books and some of the racy books are nothing more than porn in written form. 

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            Hi there, I would also like to know if there is a way to filter porn out as well and I'm an adult. I did a search on 0.00 and was frustrated to find out quite of few of the free books were erotica/porn.

            In order to review the freebooks I have to go through alot of junk I really have no interest in seeing.

             

            Does anyone know of a way?

             

            thanks

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                bklvr896

                 


                Suengel wrote:

                Hi there, I would also like to know if there is a way to filter porn out as well and I'm an adult. I did a search on 0.00 and was frustrated to find out quite of few of the free books were erotica/porn.

                In order to review the freebooks I have to go through alot of junk I really have no interest in seeing.

                 

                Does anyone know of a way?

                 

                thanks


                 

                The only way I can think of would be to limit your search by genre and avoid putting in Romance, Erotica, etc.  Example, search 0.00 mystery or 0.00 thrillers, etc.  Conceivable, that would limit your search to those books and exclude the other stuff.  But, if someone writes and erotica novel and tags it as erotica and mystery, it's still going to show up.   I'm not sure who decides what genre each book is tagged with, but unless they add a genre tag to a book that says "porn" or "erotica" or something like that, I don't know how a search engine could exclude those books.  I've seen examples where the genre listed for the book makes little sense, but again, don't know if it is B&N or the publisher, or who.

                 

                But the bottom line is, to filter out, it has to have something to filter on.  And what one reader considers simply romance, another may consider erotica.  

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                I wish there will be a future where you can pincode/password protect a book or a "shelf" before being able to access the contents....!

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                  I understand that B&N doesn't want to be in the censoring business.  But I have my Google search on my PCs set to avoid "adult content," and by and large, it does a pretty good job, but does not restrict my searches for medical guidance, books that could be considered somewhat sexual, etc. 

                   

                  The B&N free books section is really overwhelmed with "titillation titles" that are annoying to me (and I'm not a prude or naive.)

                   

                  Maybe this will get B&N's attention--I've hesitated about recommending my NookColor and the capability to get free books in addition to paid because of this.  My friends don't have an interest in this junk, either. 

                   

                  Barnes & Noble--FIND A WAY to manage this better, as search engines do, PLEASE.

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                    I have to chime in here and say that this is also my biggest pet peeve with B&N!!! We have five Nooks in our household and four are owned by little girls aged 9-12. I am no prude, believe me, but I don't have any interest in being inundated with this garbage myself everytime I search for free books, much less exposing my kids to the explicit cover art and suggestive titles that fill the search results. I have even seen one that has a cartoon drawing that resembles a child's picture book, titled "The Princess and the PENIS!" WHAT?! WHY is it so much to ask that these books that are extremely sexual or worse, potentially ambiguous as children's books, not be shown in general searches??  I have seen covers with bare bottoms, naked couples embracing, extremely sexual language in titles, and more. They do not put graphically violent images up, and I don't walk into a brick and mortar B&N only to face rows of books with nudity on the cover art....I don't quite understand how this is different?? PLEASE B&N, if I didn't have to monitor my kids' browsing so strenously you would get a LOT more of my money, I would even be likely to give my girls a monthly "allowance" of NookBooks!

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                      Ya know, I wish there was a filter as well. I don't have kids, I just don't like seeing that garbage when I'm browsing books. It's to the point where I don't even browse books on B&N much anymore because half of what comes up is obscene erotica tiles. I really would rather not have to look at porn while trying to find a new book. Sorry, I just don't want to. At all. Quite frankly it's disgusting. 

                       

                       

                      And the prude filter that was mentioned for another site is absolutely ridiculous. There's a difference between something being for adults and porn. Yes porn is for adults, but not all adult material is porn. I shouldn't have to miss out on reading something with mature/adult themes simply because people think sex is the only thing that's adult/mature. That little rant doesn't matter much though since the filter isn't on B&N. 

                       

                       

                       

                      What WOULD work here is if when an author publishes erotica they had to apply that label. Not a tag or anything like that, but an identifying piece of information for the book that you can opt out of seeing. From a technical standpoint it wouldn't be hard to implement something like this. Like Google has the different search settings, B&N could have an option to "hide erotica" or whatever label was used to describe these books. 

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                          javabird

                          JackalopeKing wrote:

                          Ya know, I wish there was a filter as well. I don't have kids, I just don't like seeing that garbage when I'm browsing books. It's to the point where I don't even browse books on B&N much anymore because half of what comes up is obscene erotica tiles. I really would rather not have to look at porn while trying to find a new book. Sorry, I just don't want to. At all. Quite frankly it's disgusting. 

                           

                           

                          And the prude filter that was mentioned for another site is absolutely ridiculous. There's a difference between something being for adults and porn. Yes porn is for adults, but not all adult material is porn. I shouldn't have to miss out on reading something with mature/adult themes simply because people think sex is the only thing that's adult/mature. That little rant doesn't matter much though since the filter isn't on B&N. 

                           

                           

                           

                          What WOULD work here is if when an author publishes erotica they had to apply that label. Not a tag or anything like that, but an identifying piece of information for the book that you can opt out of seeing. From a technical standpoint it wouldn't be hard to implement something like this. Like Google has the different search settings, B&N could have an option to "hide erotica" or whatever label was used to describe these books. 


                          I agree with this- I've pretty much given up browsing B&N. I wish I could just filter out "Romance" when I'm browsing for good fiction (I mean the the Romance genre, not romance as a subject-- there is a difference!)  I gave this feedback to B&N in a survey before they updated the web site, and now they do have some improved categories like the "collections" groups. But like others, I find it easier to search on Amazon.

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                          We wish we had checked out the topic of filtering (or should I say lack of it) regarding the Nook.  Definately would not have bought one for us or our 14 year old daughter if we had known how much 'smut' showed up.  Glad I kept the receipts...very disappointed. :smileysad:

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                              tmr4
                              I'm passing my N1E to my daughter and will deregister it and just sideload books for her to read. I've found content controls generally not as effective as I've wanted them to be and in the end my kids often have access to objectionable material regardless of the control in place.
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                                bklvr896

                                defdis wrote:

                                We wish we had checked out the topic of filtering (or should I say lack of it) regarding the Nook.  Definately would not have bought one for us or our 14 year old daughter if we had known how much 'smut' showed up.  Glad I kept the receipts...very disappointed. :smileysad:


                                Very few sites have content filtering like what you are asking for.  Smashwords has a filter, but if you turn it on, it filters out the books with sex and those without, according to the site.  Exclusion filtering seems to be more difficult than inclusion filtering given that very few sites I've seen have anything set up to exclude genres.  

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                                    I really don't see what the big deal is. If you are the type of parent who does not want their teen or child exposed to material you deem unacceptable then be a parent. Choose the books for your kid and sideload them. Don't give them the password. Easy peasy.

                                    But I hate to tell you....many of the same type of books are easily available at the local library.

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                                        Eneelia

                                         

                                         

                                        There is an advanced search option should you need to filter further. 

                                         

                                         

                                        In addition I hardly think that asking Barnes and Noble to develop a filter for use (which would cost money to produce, support and update) to search "FREE" books they are not making any money on is a bit foolhardy.   Bookstores and sellers are stuggling. 

                                         


                                        ps I can tell you as that alot of the approved and allowed reading your 10 to 15 year olds can access is crap.  Not sexually explicit but its crap.  A 'explicit' filter won't save a 13 year old girl from a novel targeted at young women that reenforces societies ideas that she is worthless unless she is pretty and does what her friends do. 

                                         

                                         

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                                    I don't understand the problem. I take my child to BN and let them wander the childrens section, there's no covers with almost nude people there. Why can't you restrict the shopping view to just childrens book for children say under 10? We have content blocks for TV and computers. I personaly find the covers offensive and have never seen such in the stores? Why am I subjected to them online?
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                                      well, I got a Nook Color for Christmas, and at first I really thought I would buy a couple for my two

                                      boys next Christmas, but because of the Sexually explicit stuff that is all over the place

                                      when I do just about any search especially 0.00 or free, I will not be purchasing Nooks for

                                      my two boys...  time to research the Kindle and see if things are better there.

                                       

                                      Now this is off topic but I gotta say it:   I've been an Amazon user for years, and got the Nook after doing

                                      a lot of research, and it seems like the better device, but between the two stores,

                                      AMAZON RULES.

                                       

                                        • Re: Sexually explicit content/titles: Any way to filter those out so they don't show up?
                                          RHWright

                                          @Wylee: Yes, if you just search "0.00" or "Free" you are more likely to encounter a diversity of books, including those with more adult or erotic content.

                                           

                                          If you modify that search with a genre, say kids or teen or science fiction, my recent searches have found that most, if not all, of that content is filtered out.

                                           

                                          Even without it, my search for "free" under Nook Books (90 title grid) returned only 4 explicitly erotic titles. None of the covers contained offensive content and all were clearly erotic from the title. That's less than 10% on an overly generalized search—which is bound to be a grab bag.

                                           

                                          If you teach your boys to search specifically for what they want—teen books, mysteries, sci-fi, etc—you should run into few problems. Some periodic monitoring of their accounts should assure they are following your rules.

                                           

                                          Could the filtering be better? Yes. Are teen (and younger) boys going to find ways to see stuff their moms preferred they didn't? Statistics say yes.

                                           

                                          Put you come off as pretty level-headed and fair. If you set out clear expectations, I'd lay bets that your sons will live up to them. Will kids make mistakes? Sure. We all have.

                                           

                                          If the worst "mistake" they make in their teens is getting a hold of (and let's admit it, maybe being excited by it), maybe we should all be so lucky. There are so many more serious mistakes out there to make that cause damage that is hard to repair.

                                           

                                          Now if your boys are younger, that adds a different level. Personally, I don't think pre-teens and younger should have unfettered, unsupervised access to the Internet anyway, ereader or not. No personal computer in their room, no cell phone, or other gadgets. It's both the responsibility for the item itself and the proper use of it. But that's just my opinion.

                                           

                                          Even then, putting a purchase password on the device should keep you able to manage what they are reading at that age.

                                           

                                          Can you protect your child 100% from everything you'd prefer they not see? No, though as a parent I understand the urge. Again, you seem level-headed and I believe you can realistically manage the issue.

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                                          RH you are right on all counts.

                                          but if I have a choice to make it less easy for them

                                          to find this material, I'm gonna take it ...  : )

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                                            I would be happy if there was at least a filter for 18 and up content. If one must be 18 to legally view it, then there should be a password protect for that content. I'm particularly upset that a search for "team umizoomi" generates porn. Even worse, the porn is child porn--probably only legal if they have an adult playing the role of the child. It seems that the porn is targetting children with that kind of tag. It's infuriating and disgusting.

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                                              JenScheil

                                              LOL I must say I am getting quite the giggles reading all of the posts about this. No joke, I was bored out of my mind last night at work (like I am now) and was searching the "free" books! Yikes, never did I expect all that "popped" up (get it) LOL anyways... While I can just giggle and move on, I understand that it is offensive to some people. My suggestion would be to, get ready for it....remove all technology from your household that is connected to the internet. Bc this is the ONLY way you will ever avoid it. Shoot if you google "Military Escort policies" guess what you get.....that's right! Technology is rampant now a days and so is the right of B&N to not completely CENSOR the crap out of their website. Kids go to school with iPads today not textbooks, so the only way for your parental control to work, is to actually be the parent. Choose what to expose them to and what not to, also show them how to avoid stuff like this in the future (if they are old enough and you choose to do this of course) and give them reasons why it is bad. I agree with most of the posters who say to side-load your kids books, but unfortunately they will get this information from somewhere else, better to arm them with knowledge so they can better deal with it.

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                                                I know this is an old thread but I'm tired of all of the erotica material that's pulled up when looking for free material.  It's getting old!