THANK YOU: the issue has been resolved.

To all our fans:

As March 15, 2012, Digital Manga Inc.’s account has been suspended from the Kindle platform. While we’re working to try and amend the situation, we will not be able to publish titles to the Kindle for the foreseeable future.

Our account was suspended under troubling circumstances – we have had titles cited for “content violation”, and while we screen every title to ensure they adhere to Kindle’s standards, their guidelines are notoriously vague, and prohibit “Pornography and hard-core material that depicts graphic sexual acts.”

There is no definition of “pornography” versus “erotica” officially available from amazon. In the past, we considered our titles the latter, and strive to comply with Amazon’s guidelines. However, with such vague guidelines and a veritable library of erotica in written and drawn form already available on the Kindle, it is difficult to discern exactly what rules Amazon wanted us to comply with. We also find it disheartening that our titles depicting male homosexual romance have been banned while erotica depicting other forms of intercourse flourishes. What makes relationships between men more objectionable than erotic tristes between men and women? This is a question we imagine you’re all asking yourselves right now, and a question that we need Amazon to answer for us.

While we work to restore our account, we encourage yaoi fans to explore alternate platforms for reading manga. Our titles are available on emanga.com, Nook (including free apps for your PC, iPad, or Android tablet), and on the DMP App for Apple products and Android Tablets. This event has also led us to pursue the possibility of making digital manga available through other platforms. We look forward to continuing to bring you all the best in manga content, yaoi or otherwise, and appreciate your continuing support.

If you would like to make your voice heard in regards to this issue, we encourage you to contact Amazon at ecr@amazon.com. Vote with your voices and your wallets, and help us ensure that Amazon doesn’t censor the content you want to consume. We know our fans are intelligent adults, and we feel that it’s wrong for a big company like Amazon to dictate what is proper for adults to read.

21 Responses to “THANK YOU: the issue has been resolved.”

  1. Aerliss Says:

    Because I know Amazon are asshats about this stuff (although they’ve gotten in trouble over it before) does this mean they’ll be dragging all DMP titles already “bought” off people’s Kindles when they connect to wifi, or do we get to keep the filth we’ve already paid for?

    If you have any idea, that is? Amazon are about as transparent as a pile of dead pigeons.

  2. JLAW Says:

    This is outrageous behavior on the part of Amazon. I say this as an erotica fan, a gay rights supporter AND AS AN AMAZON SHAREHOLDER.

  3. admin Says:

    Aerliss: Amazon official policy is that they will no longer remove purchased titles

  4. Aerliss Says:

    Admin, thanks.

    Email sent… not expecting a (coherent) answer.

  5. luci Says:

    That sucks! You guys should hurry up and start selling your ebooks on akadot soon. It probably won’t take BN long to pull the same shit.

  6. BruceMcF Says:

    I’m not a yaoi reader, but this sucks. I wrote an email to Amazon saying that this confirmed the wisdom of buying a Nook Color.

    I think that DMP ought to see about getting listed in the Nook Comics publisher roll at Barnes & Noble. Viz and Yen are down there, so should DMP be.

  7. Nevi Says:

    I saw this on tumblr and was really appalled to read it; this is such a disgraceful step backwards and just a plain insult to anyone. I think writing emails to the appropriate people is definitely important, but I also think this is a massive, massive problem that Amazon has, and it extends to all amazon users. I think you guys should start a petition – similar to the ones, if not the same as the ones, on change.org. If you get enough signatures, amazon will have no choice but to concede to their wrongdoing. Again, this is a huge issue and needs to be addressed to crowds of hundreds of thousands. I’m sure other companies are hurting because of this stupid, stupid rule, and no one should be.

  8. Patao Says:

    This is unfortunate. I’m glad, however, to hear that Amazon won’t be removing already purchased books, considering I have quite a few sitting on my Kindle. I don’t know what I would’ve done had they all just disappeared on me.

    Also, I’ve been in discussion with a few other fans and they’ve been asking the same questions…will we ever see PDF downloadable files for purchased titles on eManga? It seems people aren’t happy knowing they cannot have an actual copy of something they’ve purchased with them (as I have internet connect that isn’t always reliable, I share their sentiments with this).

    I do hope this gets resolved soon with Amazon though.

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  10. sevi Says:

    Just a thought, but maybe some of the people who are upset by the changes might also write good reviews for the ebooks they’ve purchased through Amazon. The majority of the books seem to have no reviews at all or extremely poor reviews. If the company actually felt they might be losing a profit over this, maybe they would reconsider their actions.

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  12. RL Says:

    This is so disappointing! I really hope you are able to make digital manga available through other means. I would love to be able to purchase it in a format which still allows me to put it on my Kindle. (I don’t find emanga very practical, as I am often not connected to the internet.) I will send an email to Amazon!

  13. Nate Says:

    If your account has been disabled then why are your ebooks still listed?

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    Nate, we were notified that books will be gradually removed by Amazon and are not sure as to when this will take effect

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