Why Aren’t Books Rated?

So, why aren’t books rated? That’s a good question. As an avid reader and writer, I’ve longed for the day for content ratings or descriptions on books – perhaps done voluntarily by the authors themselves. However, I understand authors and book publishers likely don’t want them, as it would possibly discourage even more sales in a struggling industry. Still, I like to be an informed consumer – and vote with my dollars. As it is, I turn to reviews to see what the content might be before I ever purchase a book – unless it’s a dollar purchase at a Used Book Store, which doesn’t benefit the author.

No, I’m not advocating for censorship here. Authors are obviously free to write whatever they want. I just want to be free to decide whether it’s something I want to invest my time and money in. Personally, there’s been plenty of books left unfinished because I’m rolling my eyes over the adolescent fascination with pervy sex, overt f-bombs and gratuitous violence. Yeah, yeah, I can see the glossing over of the eyes from our friends on the left over the preconceived notion of uptight puritanical prudishness (laugh).

So what do you think? Is it past time for books to be given content labels or ratings so that consumers can be more informed as to their purchase? Would you be interested in a book review section here on Axiom? I personally read a lot of non-fiction and fiction (sci-fi and fantasy), and would be happy to do this if there was the interest. Let me know!


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