Apple has been accused of censorship after a number of novellas, described as highly erotic by author Carl East, were removed from the iTunes store.
The novellas were also removed from the list of top 10 best selling iPad books.
On Monday, an erotic novel entitled 'Blonde and Wet: the Complete Story', written by author Carl East, occupied the number one spot in the top 10 best seller list on the iTunes Store. Erotic titles also occupied both the number 2 and number 5 spots.
Apple, which is against pornographic material appearing on the platform, is said to have removed the titles not only from its bestseller list but from its iTunes Store altogether, and replaced them with other, less risqué titles.
Experts have said that the erotic fiction market has been given a boost by the launch of the iPad and e-book reader devices. People who might be embarrassed at buying hard copies of the books from a shop have no qualms about downloading and reading the titles on their iPads.
Speaking to UK newspaper The Times, Philip Stone, editor of the The Bookseller magazine, said: “The embarrassment factor of being caught reading something like that in print is not there. If it’s on your iPad then no one can tell what you’re reading. You could be reading Plato.”