What would you do with a book of erotica?


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What would you do with a book of erotica?

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Maio 11, 2007, 8:55 pm

Would you register it at BookCrossing? RABCK it? Wild release it? Give it to your lover? Hide it? :-)

I had this dilemma a few months ago. Tell me what you'd do with it, and I'll tell you what I did with the book(s) I had.

Maio 12, 2007, 5:59 am

RABCK? That's a new one to me. And it means...?

But no, I don't register the erotica (neither at Bookcrossing nor here); I prefer to be more specific about whom I reveal my tastes in such things to.

I ended up including the books intermingled with a bunch of other (mostly registered) books that was donated to the Friends of the Oakland Public Library bookstore. I have *no* idea what they did with them.

Editado: Maio 12, 2007, 1:56 pm

RABCK is Random Act of BookCrossing Kindness. It's when a book is simply given to another person (often as a surprise) with nothing expected in return.

Okay, here's my story. I'd always wanted to read Anais Nin since I'd heard about her for many years. I got a copy of Little Birds from Bookins. Then I wasn't sure how to get rid of it since the stories were so explicitly sexual in nature. If I sent it to someone else as a surprise, would they think I was a pervert? I ended up looking on Cliff's list for someone who wanted the book and sending it to her (PMing her and telling her to not get the wrong impression). I don't think I ever registered that book, though! Ha!

Interestingly enough, I was collecting books for the Day of the Book festival in Kensington, Maryland, this year. One of the (registered) books was Delta of Venus, another Anais Nin book. We were deciding whether or not to put it out on the table. I decided to put it out, and it was instantly grabbed by a passer-by...but never journaled!

I now am reading my own copy of Delta of Venus but have not figured out what to do with it when I'm done. I think I'll register this copy before I send it along. After all, it is a well-known piece of literature. Right?! :-)

Maio 12, 2007, 12:16 pm

Considering that a good chunk of my collection is erotica (or erotic in nature), I wouldn't think twice about giving it to someone. Of course, I wouldn't give it to my mother ; )

It also depends on how explicit the book is. Something by Anais Nin, whose works are classics, wouldn't even strike me as potentially a problem. But if the book was very explicit (like a lot of stuff in my library), I would be a little more selective in who I gave it to.

Maio 12, 2007, 12:26 pm

I would register and release it, I'd just be more likely to release it at a bar or during my annual IML releasing, and not at a park or McDonald's.

Maio 13, 2007, 12:24 pm

I agree. Anais Nin is literature. I would treat it the same way I'd treat Lolita. I wouldn't put it in the same class with the stuff that is basically just female porn. I probably would register it, but I'd be selective in who I gave it to, or I would leave it somewhere that is selective in their clientelle (like a bar).

Maio 15, 2007, 4:17 pm

Define erotica. Would you count something like the Anita Blake series by Laurell K. Hamilton? Henry Miller, Charles Bukowski? The usual very steamy chick lit?
All kinds of people read all kinds of books, I don't think it really matters that much. I am an adult, why should I be embarassed about registering erotic literature? I think it would bother me more to register something really, really trashy than something erotic...
If you like it, register it.

Maio 21, 2007, 7:32 am

I'd register it and leave it in my AVLs - I regularly offer to send someone any book of their choice from my AVLs and it could sit there until someone specifically requested it.

Maio 23, 2007, 7:55 am

I register mine, including Anais Nin. I am not ashamed or embarrassed of the books that I own or read. After all, the erotica is only a part of the larger collection.

Maio 23, 2007, 8:48 am

Eeewwwww! second hand erotica, what a disgusting idea. I don't mind dog-eared but I draw the line at soggy.

Maio 23, 2007, 9:00 am

uffishread, I don't know what you've been doing with your erotic books, but I'm willing to bet most people have a bit more control ;)

Besides, judging by the number of people who find things like used condoms in non-erotic books, I'd say you would have to swear off used books altogether.

And should I even tell you about what can be found on most paper money?

Set 29, 2007, 7:15 am

Read it first! Then register it and decide if it is a keeper or a passalong - if the latter then I probably would take it to a meetup and just leave on the table.

It's often the people that you least expect who actually end up taking it home!

Abr 10, 2008, 1:54 pm

I found two tomes of erotica in my OBCZ. They are called 'Granddaddy's Porno' and are still explicit but also hilarous old-fashioned. After some pondering, I left them there and they got a journal and a newbie. So, I would register Erotica anytime again.

Maio 12, 2008, 10:23 am

I probably would not wild-release them. Anything else I would not have issues with. If someone tried to mooch, trade or RABCK a sexually explicit book from me, I would check their age. But, then, they could lie. I found and read Charles Bukowski, Henry Miller and The Kamasutra (hidden) on my parents' bookshelf with 12 or 13 and I lived...

And yuk to uffishread! You might want to go for Playboy instead... ;)

Jul 28, 2008, 11:13 am

I am finding that I am having the same dilemma at the moment I am in the middle of Claiming Beauty by A.N. Roquelaure. I had two copies and one copy went into a bookbox not too long ago but I didn't know how explicit the book was until I started reading it so now I am a little embarrassed that I sent it out in a bookbox. Lol. I have registered the copy on bookcrossing with a note for whoever ends up with it that it is explicit and please do not wild release in a place where children could pick the book up.

I don't know if I am going to post it back on the site that I got it from or if I will put it up for grabs as a bookray. Once I read something I do not read it more than once. There is just so much to read and so little time.

Editado: Jul 28, 2008, 11:29 am

One way to move your book is to post it to BookMooch or Bookins. Just list in the condition notes that it is sexually explicit.

Ago 3, 2008, 6:35 am

I registered some books of erotica at bookcrossing.com and then I asked in the bulletin board for interested mature readers. Let me say, it works.

Maio 12, 2009, 5:49 pm

This is a good example of a book that is probably best not wild-released, unless you can find a good place(maybe the Seattle Center while they're having one of their erotic art expos or some such or hotel that's hosting a swingers' convention or the parking lot of a strip club).

But a more practical idea is to take t to Meetup and tell people what the deal is. You may not have Meetups to go to, which is where wishlists come in. I guarantee that a lot people will have something like Anais Nin on their wishlists. Look at their available shelf if you want to propose a trade. Make sure that they, not somebody else, have made the setting.

I disposed of a book called The Ethical Slut this way. I don't remember if we traded or if it was just a RABCK, but the lady in Australia seemed delighted to get it. Sometimes people will just comb your shelf for things.