So this is just a random idea, but maybe it’s useful to someone…
If a book is ebook-only, and the ebook reader its on can do linkys outside the book to a website, as in, show the web page on the actual reader without losing the place in the book or anything, then you could write, say, a PG13 book that every so often, like when characters hooked up, said, “this scene can be read in more detail on an external website, click here”, or whatever. And then if someone does, they see an expanded, more explicit, R-rated version of the hookup scene.
Does that make any sense?
As in, read book, read book, dirty bit starts, click to website, read smut, go back to book and keep reading.
Because it seems like that would be good for two things. First, in shops, the book wouldn’t get hidden off in erotica and R-ratedness, and second, people who don’t want the smutty don’t have to look, but everyone else can.
It just seems like maybe a more elegant way than having separate PG13 and R rated versions, like films do? Because I still have a faint squick about all that kind of censory stuff, because it seems weird to me, because I’m not from the same country as all the bookshops that get all weirded and prudish about sex. So it seems like this might be a less awful way to cope with the awfulness of characters actually having sex than to R-rate everything. Well, except how that might be kind of annoying to keep going backwards and forwards to a website… I guess that could be a nuisance.
But anyway, I just thought that was a clever idea. Here internets, its yours. Please use it! I mean, if anyone wants to :)
Um, wait… actually I probably should have tried to patent the idea of “an ebook with a link to an external location”.
Sigh. I’ll never be rich.
Anyways, I was kind of thinking about this for Islands in the Sky maybe, is all. But then ideas keep happening with that, and stuff is taking longer, and I’m really not sure how long it will actually be before any hooking up actually happens, so never mind. I’ll have forgotten by then.