[bksvol-discuss] Re: e: Re: Accessing Adult-rated books; was Ann Coulter Books

  • From: Monica Willyard <rhyami@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Sat, 29 Dec 2007 22:53:51 -0500

Hi, Jamie. I like your idea for kids under 12. The Bookshare tool for assessing adult content has some pretty broad words in it. It looks for hate speech, not just profanity or sexual content. We can override its setting, and I've had to do that twice with books that were about mundane topics with no swearing or sex in sight.

Monica Willyard

Jamie Yates, CPhT wrote:
One idea might be to make it so a person under say 12 can only access books marked in the children or teen section. But a submitter and validator would have to be sure to choose those categories for the books they submit and validate. I try to choose as many applicable categories as possible when I submit a book. I validated a book recently that came back with the Bookshare tool saying it had 14 words that were found to be adult or profanity and I know darned well this book had no such thing! I read almost every word of this book! It was not even a teen book--it was a children's book.

Jamie in Michigan

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