Sunday, April 12, 2009
Amazon is removing sales ranks from material it deems "adult". Can you guess what counts as adult?
Well it seems that, as usual, gay romance is adult (but not equally saucy heterosexual romance).
Edited to add: although it seems the net is being cast ever wider, to cover all kinds of content including mf material.
A wide swathe of fiction and non-fiction is dropping fron the Amazon "ranks", literally.
Follow at twitter: amazonfail. Facebook group here.
A list of deranked books is being kept here.
Link list here.
Google bombing scheme here.
AbsoluteWrite thread here.
As discussed at the Amazon forums here: Amazon-GBLT And here: Amazon-romance. I would like to suggest tagging deranked books with "amazonfail" to help people find them.
The cries for boycott return, but this has never been effective in the past so I am not optimistic this this time 'round will be different.
Edited to add: It looks like Amazon may do a "blame the intern" (a.k.a. a "glitch") on this....
* Amazon Follies
* Why am I not surpised
* Good news/Bad news
* Amazon IS removing all erotica from the sales rankings. It’s Official
* Amazon Censors Its Rankings & Search Results to Protect Us Against GLBT Books
* Amazon de-ranks so-called adult books, including National Book Award winner
* My AmazonFail Timeline
* 'Gay writing' falls foul of Amazon sales ranking system