Monday, March 9, 2009

Is there any technology that can't be harnessed to access pr0n?

via Tyler Cohen... so far the snswer is still no.
Barnes & Noble abandoned ebooks once, so why are they coming back to them now? Because the format is starting to take off. Why is that? What's popular on Fictionwise? Well, once again it seems like porn is blazing a path to a new media format. Of the top 10 bestsellers under the "Multiformat" category, nine are tagged "erotica" amd the last is "dark fantasy".

Hey, I'm not judging anyone (one of my dearest friends is an erotic romance author) and yes, I've used the most salacious Top 10 list on the site in my example, but this data backs up my anecdotal observations. People who read erotic romance and 'bodice rippers' love ebooks because of the privacy they offer, both during purchase and when reading.
As someone who once took an Irvine Welsh book to read at a hipster bar(yeah, I know - it did work though), I'm well aware of how people form snap opinions of you based on what you're reading.... but it honestly never occurred to me that one of the benefits of a Kindle would be that nobody knows what you are reading. A compelling hypothesis... and if past performance of technologies that make access to pornography easy and anonymous are any judge... it might be a good time to get on the ebook train.