How It Works: Choices in Reading

ForbiddenFiction.com Offers Choices in Reading

Content Labels instead of Content Limits

Instead of “protecting” readers from content that might upset or offend them, we at ForbiddenFiction provide content labels. Not only does each story have Genre Categories (such as Romance, Horror, Science Fiction, Historical, etc.), each story also has Content Labels which will include story elements that readers may use to seek out or avoid according to their personal preferences.

The content labels are tiered by category of label with drop down options. Click on the menu headers and it will display which of those labels apply to the story. If you click on the label it will take you to a page that not only gives you a definition of the label, but a list of all the stories on our site with that label.

Content Labels are more like the ingredients labels you see on food. They’re there to let you know what you’re getting into. Just because one person is allergic to an ingredient, such as cayenne, doesn’t mean others might not really want a hot spicy food with cayenne powder in it.

We apply the same logic to erotic fiction. For example, while one reader would seek out fiction involving violence, another might prefer to avoid those stories. A reader might decide to seek out stories involving BDSM, or even specifics, like Spanking. We will also use Content Labels to help distinguish between pairings such as m/m (male & male), m/f (male & female), f/f (female & female) or other combinations that are included in stories.

Content Labels will allow for flexibility in both what ForbiddenFiction  publishes and what readers want to read. Just like food warnings, you can choose to read or not read the labels. It gives writers freedom to write and readers freedom to make their own choices.

Click HERE for a list of all Content Labels. Hover over with cursor to get a definition. Click the label to see all stories that have that label.

Choices in Formats

All of the fiction published by ForbiddenFiction will be available in several different formats. You want to read on your browser, your phone, your ebook reader, or an actual print book? Sure. You have choices of how you wish to read our stories.

Serialized Free Fiction – Most of the fiction we publish will first be posted on the site available free to read for members (Free membership is available to anyone 18 and over and willing to abide by the terms of use). We offer new content every day. After a story is finished, whether it’s a short story or a novel, it remains free on the site for a week. Then the story is moved to the ForbiddenFiction Library. (See below for more information on that.)

Ebooks – All fiction posted to the site, are also available for download in electronic forms. These downloads vary in price based on size of fiction. For example, if you want to read that new short story we just posted on your reader instead of online, you could download the story as an epub, pdf, or mobi format for less than a dollar. Or the new novel being posted one chapter a week is so good, you just can’t wait to read it all. Not a problem. Just buy the ebook and read it now. Or you missed the story when it was being serialized but want to read it. The ebook is still be available. You can buy a novel for less than you’d usually spend for a coffee and pastry.

Print Books – Oh, you just love the feel of the book in your hand, turning the pages and setting in your book case to be there when you want it. Simple solution. Print on demand books are also be an option. Novels are easily available in paperback format. Popular short stories and novellas are often gathered into anthologies to enjoy later.

In the works:

Audio Fiction – Fiction available in convenient audio books. This will be our next project.

Online Searchable Library – Fiction published with ForbiddenFiction will remain in our online searchable Library for years, available to be read by Subscribing Members at their leisure. In addition, there will be bonus material in the Subscribing Members sections that will add to the experience. The cost of membership per month will likely be less than the price of one ticket to the movies.

Interactive, Social Reading Environment

Come for the stories, stay for the party.

ForbiddenFiction is designed to be a social reading environment. You’ll have fun even if just reading the latest post each day is all you are after. Yet, you also have the chance for so much more. One of the things we, as readers ourselves, have always enjoyed is a chance to talk with others who share our interests in literature. Some have been lucky enough to find that in both face to face and in fandom cultures online. We wanted to bring that to the experience of original erotic fiction. Both authors and readers have the chance to be part of on-going discussions of both specific works and individual authors as well as general topics such as BDSM in fiction or ethical issues in writing. The list of potential topics is endless.

Story Discussions – Each story, whether it’s a short story or novel, has a threaded comments feature following each post. This allows readers not only a chance to comment, encourage or ask questions, but gives authors and readers an opportunity to interact with each other. Are you that person always talking in the theater and trying to guess what comes next? Do you want to comment on a favorite line or talk about an issue brought up in the last chapter? Members of ForbiddenFiction can do that on the site. Even readers who have bought the entire book instead of waiting can head over to the forum for that particular book and talk about it with both the author and other readers.

Author Forums – Authors published on ForbiddenFiction are encouraged to not only have their user profile with information about themselves, but host a forum on the site where readers can talk with them and each other about their work.

Topic Forums – We have already started a few topic forums and will be open to suggestions for more. This is where everyone on the site will have the chance to help guide what types of social environments we’d like to participate in. There are also site suggestion and assistance pages so that members can interact with our developers.

Choices in Types of Membership

ForbiddenFiction has a variety of options for reading – from the casual reader who just looks for something to read when in the mood, to the Free Members who can read new material and/or the forums, to (eventually) the Subscribing Members who have access to all the stories as well as forums and bonus material.

Non-Members – Anyone who is 18 or over and agrees to the terms of the site can read story home pages and the free excerpts of stories, as well as order ebooks or print books from FFP. Or even order those books on other sites where FFP sold are sold. There are links to all these on each story page.  To prevent spammers and trolls, only members will be able to read and post comments to stories or participate in forums.

Free Members – Free members have the ability to participate in story discussions and forums. Anyone who fits ForbiddenFiction site rules, is willing to read and agree to the Terms of Service, fill out a basic membership profile and provides a verifiable email address can join as a Free Member. Anyone who subscribes to the newsletter will also receive coupons for discounts that vary from month to month.

Subscribing Members* – Subscribing Members have access to the  ForbiddenFiction Library of stories and additional forums. Some stories will even have bonus material not available to free members. They also will have additional discounts on downloads and other purchases made at the site. The cost of membership will be less than that of a movie ticket.

*At this time, only Free Memberships are available. We plan to offer Subscribing Memberships at a future date.

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