In the comment sections of my previous smut ebook-related entry, Steph said: "You yourself seem to prefer diddle worthy ebooks and dead tree romance mainstream." Actually, she said more than that, but because I suspect she came into the comments section with an ax to grind, I'm going to ignore the rest because I'm such a mean hag that way towards idealistic sweethearts who insist on thinking that every ebook is created equal to dead tree books in terms of the quality of editing, et cetera.
Anyway, I like my diddle-worthy ebooks.
I'm sure some folks who have followed my website know by now that I'm not the type of person who disapproves of pornography, smut, or any other sex-oriented materials designed to thrill people without offering any educational value in the process. I don't care if the ebooks I read have MM or MF or MMF combinations - I only cringe when they are badly written. Heck, I don't mind bad smut either if they provide unintentional comedic moments that has me laughing.
But I like my smutty stuff to be in ebook format to the point that I rarely order a dead tree book equivalent of my digital smut (like Aphrodisia, Heat, et cetera) from Amazon. It's not that I don't love my smut if it's on paper, it's just that it's damned uncomfortable and even embarrassing to have smutty books around the house. Romance novel clinch covers can be bad enough, but covers of many erotic romances or romantic erotica are usually much worse. The covers of Black Lace Books are usually more discreet than the usual Aphrodisia cover, but even then, there are blurbs and marketing phrases all over the cover, spine, and back page announcing the nature of the story within the covers.
At least in ebook format, what is in my hard drive stays in my hard drive. I don't need to let people know what kind of kinky story I am enjoying and I especially don't have to deal with bookstore cashiers. Everything is private, just the way I think things should be when it comes to naughty stuff.
That's why erotic romances - or, to be more accurate, X-rated romances are hot stuff when it comes to ebooks. It allows easy access to vicarious enjoyment on the reader's part of all kinds of more adventurous racy stories without fear of discovery and subsequent condemnation from folks around her.
Ebook reading isn't easy. It's a strain on the eyes. Ebook reading devices are expensive and, for people like me who live outside the USA, practically impossible to find in a local store even if one can afford it. Therefore, not every random reader is going to go through the trouble of getting and reading ebooks... unless the stories are X-rated sexy. Just like how people who complain about a slight slowness in one's broadband connection will patiently wait ten minutes for a nude image of a hot woman to finish loading, I'm sure there are readers who will happily go through the trouble of downloading Adobe Reader, et cetera, and sitting in front of the PC or laptop to read the naughty stories. Sex sells.
That's why when some folks complain that there are too much erotic stories published in electronic format, I find myself thinking in response that they shouldn't be surprised. With the privacy - or the illusion of one - afforded by bookshopping on the Web for virtual books, the epublishing industry is made for erotic stories.
Wanting more diversity in epublishing is understandable, but I suspect that the erotic stuff is here to stay in epublishing, even if (touch wood) Ellora's Cave calls it a day and the New York publishers turn their back to erotic romance. Complaining about it won't change anything.