Wondering how the book content rating system on Book Cave works? Not sure what ratings to sign up for? Let us help out.
What Is Our Book Content Rating System?
On Book Cave, we use the ebook content rating system from our sister site My Book Ratings (or MBR). MBR ratings are a lot like movie ratings, and they're divided into six groups: All Ages, Mild, Mild+, Moderate, Moderate+, and Adult. All Ages is good for young children, with Mild being similar to a very "mild" PG movie. Both Mild+ and Moderate ratings will be somewhere around a PG or a PG-13 rating, with the moderate having slightly more intense language, heat, and violence.
Books are assigned ratings based on seven categories: crude humor/language, profanity, drug and alcohol use, kissing, nudity, sex and intimacy, and violence and horror. Within each of these categories there are levels of varying degrees, which are assigned a rating (All Ages, Mild, Mild+, Moderate, Moderate+, and Adult). The book itself is assigned an overall rating in relation to the highest level across all categories, and the individual rating level for each of the categories is also listed in the daily deals email and on the book's page.
For example, a book may be rated the following way: Moderate for moderate crude humor/language, some profanity (6 to 40), non-detailed fade-out sensuality, and moderate violence; also contains mild kissing. In this case, the overall rating for the book will be Moderate because of all 7 categories, Moderate is the highest rating.
So lets deconstruct this book's rating:
- The book is considered Moderate in the crude humor/language, profanity, sex and intimacy, and violence and horror categories.
- The "also contains" denotes categories where the rating is lower that the book's overall. In this case, the book is considered Mild in the kissing category.
- The drug and alcohol use and nudity categories are not mentioned, which means that there is no notable drug and/or alcohol use, and there is no nudity.
In other words, when you sign up for books rated Moderate, that does not mean that the books will have a Moderate rating in every category (i.e. up to 40 swears, moderate crude humor, passionate kissing, non-graphic discussion of sex, implied closed-door sex, moderate nudity, significant violence, and moderate drug and alcohol use). Instead, it means that at least one of those seven categories is rated as Moderate.
For example, a book may contain significant violence but have no swearing, no sex scenes, no drug or alcohol use, and no crude humor, and yet it will still be rated Moderate+. The rating would look like this: Moderate+ for significant violence.
Choosing a rating does not automatically select all the ratings below it. Let's say you choose Moderate+. You are now signed up for books that have been given an overall rating of Moderate+, but you are not signed up for books with an overall rating of Moderate, Mild+, Mild, or All Ages. If you want those books as well, you must click the selection boxes for each of those ratings individually.
Some Tips From Us
If you want some romance in your books but don't want intimacy, sign up for Mild and Mild+. If you prefer your romances with a bit more heat, from some discussion of sex to closed-door scenes, choose Moderate and Moderate+. For up to three on-screen sex scenes, choose Adult.
If you want action and adventure with fight scenes and violence, sign up for Moderate, Moderate+, or Adult. You would sign up for this rating even if you didn't want any intimacy or swearing or crude humor. Then you'd look at the warnings on each book to make sure it has only the violence and not the other content you don't want.
If you're looking for children's books or nonfiction advice and how-to books, be sure to sign up for All Ages. Very few books are All Ages because most books have some violence, kissing, intimacy, or alcohol use. Think of a book that is rated All Ages as similar to a clean How It's Made episode or a show like Sesame Street.
If you're not getting many books in your inbox, take a look at your ratings and change them to also include levels that are below the level you signed up for. So if you only signed up for Moderate, consider signing up for Mild+ and Mild as well. If the content isn't as intense as you'd like, try signing up for a higher level.
We'll Tell You Exactly What You're Getting
In our emails and on our site, we'll tell you what the book is rated and why. That way, if, for example, you want books with action and fight scenes, but no kissing or intimacy, you can check the rating description and only get the books that match your preference. Here are some examples of our ratings to help you get a feel for how our book content rating system works:
Genre: Picture Books. Rating: All Ages
Genre: Christian Fiction. Rating: Mild for mild kissing
Genre: Mysteries & Suspense, Cozy. Rating: Mild+ for mild sensuality; also contains mild (nonsexual) violence
Genre: Teen & Young Adult Fiction. Rating: Moderate for moderate violence; also contains mild kissing (If you want violence but no intimacy, you would get this book.)
Genre: Romance, Contemporary. Rating: Moderate+ for fade-out intimacy with details or significant sexual discussion; also contains moderate crude humor/language, mild substance use, passionate kissing, some profanity (6 to 40), brief nudity, and some violence (If you want a bit more heated intimacy but not much violence, you would get this book.)
Genre: Historical Fiction. Rating: Adult for non-graphic sex; also contains passionate kissing, moderate profanity (41 to 100), brief nudity, and moderate violence (If you want on-screen sex with only a few details but no crude humor or drug use, and less violence, you would get this book. Please note that there is also an adult level of "graphic sex," and books with that level will include up to three scenes with details.)
Genre: Thriller. Rating: Adult for graphic violence; also contains moderate crude humor/language, mild kissing, some profanity (6 to 40), and non-graphic sexual references (If you're fine with graphic violence and crude humor, but prefer only some profanity and no on-screen sex, you would get this book.)
You get the idea! Remember to sign up for all the content ratings you think you might like in your preferences. You can always choose whether or not to download a book when you see the ratings it has for each category in the ebook-deals email we'll send to you. And as always, let us know if you have any questions.
The Book Cave Team