Smashwords added a naughty-naughty filter over the weekend


Mark Coker, CEO of Smashwords, announced this past weekend that he’d taken steps to make the website more child friendly. First time visitors will now encounter a filter that hides the adult content from view.

Don’t worry; it’s easy to turn off. The toggle switch is clearly visible in the browser window.

The new filter was inspired by Google’s “Moderate Safe Search” option, and it replaces the old Prude Filter (I didn’t know they had one). The old filter was less selective and it also wasn’t the default setting.

via Smashwords

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder of The Digital Reader. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills weekly. He fixes author sites, and shares what he learns on The Digital Reader's blog. In his spare time, he fosters dogs for A Forever Home, a local rescue group.


  1. KLeRosier8 August, 2011

    Wonderful and past due.

    I did an Amazon search for scratch n’ sniff books for a blog post and was shocked to find “Adult” scratch n’ stiffs sprinkled among the kids books!

    OMG! Honestly, the “stiff” was a typo! (or at the very least a Freudian slip!) 🙂

    1. Nate Hoffelder8 August, 2011


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