worth reading – I got back online just in time to catch a glance at the shitstorm that is being stirred up online about something at Amazon that is no doubt an incident of low level mismanagement. Seems someone classified all the books on Amazon relating to gay and lesbian lifestyles as adult material and that their customers (which is freaking everyone) should be protected from them.
When questioned by Publisher Probst some Amazon misguided flunky went so far as to issue a policy line of bullshit to excuse their abominable behavior
In consideration of our entire customer base, we exclude “adult” material from appearing in some searches and best seller lists. Since these lists are generated using sales ranks, adult materials must also be excluded from that feature.
Hence, if you have further questions, kindly write back to us.
• Gawker media Gay Romance banned from Amazon Rankings.
“Gay romance publisher Mark Probst noticed hundreds of such books lost their rankings over the past two days, including Transgressions, about a 17th century liaison between a cavalry trooper and a farmer’s son, and False Colors, about a 19th century naval lieutenant attracted to his commanding officer.”
• Booksquare Blog “Open Letter to Amazon Regarding Recent Policy Changes” by Kassia Krozser
“Somehow, the brain trust of your company has decided to protect the “entire” Amazon customer base by restricting access to content that someone (who?) decided was offensive. In your zeal to protect me from myself, of course, you managed to leave content that I find singularly repulsive online (really, exploring the human condition is bad, but Mein Kampf is just fine?). This loss of ranking, listing, search functionality seems to be largely, but not wholly!, limited to fiction and non-fiction with themes relating to gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender issues. Authors affected range from E.M. Forster to James Baldwin to John Barrowman, our beloved Captain Jack on Dr. Who and Torchwood and others, including a host of female authors who write erotic fiction.“
• writer’s Lilith Saint Crow blog Amazon Censors Search Rankings, To “Protect” Us“
“Amazon.com decided, over the holiday weekend, to strip many titles they considered “adult” of sales rankings, making them impossible to find through Amazon’s search function. This is disproportionately affecting GLBT titles. Books like Lady Chatterley’s Lover and Bastard Out Of Carolina have also been tagged as “adult” and removed from search rankings. They told Mark Probst it was to “protect” readers. Writers such as Maya Banks, Larissa Ione, and Jaci Burton have been affected. (Here’s Dear Author with updates. Meta Writer is also updating a list of writers affected.)”
• Petition against Amazon’s New Adult Policy (adding about 1000 persons an hour)
We can practically time this…..this shitstorm will reach a crescendo and appear on all the news outlets just in time for Amazon to backpeddle and throw someone in front of an oncoming bus. This is better than daytime TV kiddies.
Gawker media is keeping a list of all the titles that have been stripped of their sales rankings – including Lady Chatterly’s Love folks.