Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Protecting Kids in the Jungle

Bill Thompson writes on the BBC News website: "A children's author I know has been in discussion with Amazon...for well over year after clearly adult titles kept cropping up when people searched for books she had written."

I think this is a legitimate concern. We don't want kids looking for The Big Book of Boy Stuff to instead find The Big Penis Book. But it's probably not wise for parents to allow their tykes to browse freely on Amazon any more than it would be wise to let them to go unsupervised through a large brick-and-mortar bookstore.

Perhaps Amazon should set up a special kid-friendly site in the same way that many bookstores have separate children's sections. With this option, the question wouldn't be which books to exclude from searches but rather which books to include on the children's site.

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