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Book Ratings: Am I too young to buy this book?
Or Am I too young to buy this book?
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"Are there age limits on buying books? I'm a 14 year old male and I want to read a book called Auschwitz: A Doctors Eyewitness Account but I'm not sure if I'm allowed to?"
While it is not common and not heavily enforced, yes, there is a system for rating books. Book ratings are not something a lot of people are aware of, because so few books ever warrant having a rating put on it.
Some books do have ratings on them, and are required by law to not be sold to minors. This is very rare however. Typically you only see these ratings put on comic books, manga, and adult magazines (such as PlayBoy). If the book does not have a rating label on it's cover than anyone of any age can buy it.
Book ratings will say:
Rated T for Teens. (No one under 14 is allowed to buy it)
Rated T16 for Older Teens (No one under 16 is allowed to buy it)
Rated M for Mature Audiences (No one under 21 is allowed to buy it)
It is very rare to see book rating labels on text-only books. Usually the labels indicate there are nude images in the book.
Some publishers, such as Harlequin, are now putting M rated labels on Erotica novels, but this is a very new trend which only started in late 2012. You can expect to see it happening more often, because several other publishers are now talking about following Harlequin's lead.
However, even books which have book ratings clearly marked on them, are often easy to buy. For example the manga InuYasha is rated T16, but I've seen children as young as 8 walk into a store a buy it and the sales clerk never batted an eye. Very few bookstores enforce the rating system law, partly because it's so rarely seen that few book store clerks are even aware to look for the rating labels.
I am not familiar with the book you are asking about, but if it has no rating label on the back cover (and also on the copyright page) than, no anyone any age can buy it.
Of course at 14, you are not exactly old enough to be going to the store without your parents (and you got crappy parents if they don't care enough about you to keep you safe) so it's really up to your mom and dad whether or not you are allowed to buy that book. You need to be asking them what they think about this book and if they think you are old enough to read it of not.
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Rating System of The Twighlight Manor Press
RATINGS: Because The Twighlight Manor Press publishes books for all reading levels, from Early Childhood to 21+ Mature Adult a rating system has been created and is applied to all books. Twighlight Manor Press books are rated as follows:
E: Suitable for all readers. Contains nothing that would be deemed offensive by most parents.
PG: Suitable for most readers, but contains minor situations which may require parental guidance.
T: Suitable for most readers, but may require parental guidance for readers under the age of 13. Contains fantasy violence and/or mild language.
T+: Suitable for most readers over the age of 16, but may require parental guidance for readers under the age of 16. Contains adult situations, strong language, drug use, violence, and/or sexual situations.
M: Suitable for most readers over the age of 21, but NOT SUITABLE for readers under the age of 18. Contains adult situations, explicit language, drug use, intense violence, and/or explicit sex scenes.
LGBT: Lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, and/or transgendered characters are present in this story. In most instances this means there is a M/M relationship between a male character and a male-to-female transgendered character, usually if you see the LGBT tag on a Twighlight Manor Press book, that means one of the primary characters (often the main character) is bi-sexual male-to-female transgendered. This label is not a rating and may be applied to any rating E - M. This label does not imply sex scenes unless an EROTICA, BDSM, MONSTER SEX, or GORN label is also applied.
GORE: Additional warning for readers who are sensitive to graphic depictions of bloody violence. This T/M-rated story contains strong and explicit graphic violence and grizzly gore.
EROTICA: Additional warning for readers who are sensitive to graphic depictions of sex. This M-rated story contains strong and explicit sex scenes.
BDSM: Additional warning for readers who are sensitive to graphic depictions of slave/master bondage/torture sex fetishes. This M-rated story contains strong and explicit sex scenes.
MONSTER SEX: Additional warning for readers who are sensitive to graphic depictions of sex with non-human entities (in most cases aliens and/or vampires). This M-rated story contains strong and explicit sex scenes.
GORN: Additional warning for readers who are sensitive to graphic depictions of bloody violence AND explicit sex. This M-rated story contains strong and explicit graphic violence and grizzly gore AND explicit violent sex scenes. May also contain strong substance abuse, necrophilia, rape, and/or sexualized murder scenes.
For more information and complete details of what this rating means, you can see TMPress' complete Rating System Chart here: https://www.eelkat.com/BookRatings.html