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WTF, Amazon?

Happy Easter, GLBT folks and allies, from your friends at Amazon! Your books have been stripped of sales rankings!

markprobst, writer of the now de-ranked THE FILLY, and publisher, is one of the first to post about it here, got some kind of reply/statement from an Amazon official, for what it's worth. LJ community meta_writer is compiling a list of affected books. And the nice people at Dear Author give us some more information.

What does Amazon hope to gain by this? It's not, as one commenter said, to steer people to Kindle, where the GLBT content's rankings stand. Some of the titles aren't even on Kindle, like the socially radical and threatening HEATHER HAS TWO MOMMIES, or the racy, full color sexpurgasm AM I BLUE?, an anthology of short stories with GLBT themes for teens edited by Marion Dane Bauer. [edited to correct the editor's name!]

Maybe other writers are made of sterner stuff, but I live on my online sales rankings. My mood rises and falls on them. And even worse, what a way to further disenfranchise people, to tell them their sales aren't even worth tracking.

I expected this crap during the Bush years, not now.

edited to add:

Here's more information, including Amazon's so-called rationale, from the Denver Internet Examiner.



Apr. 12th, 2009 10:54 pm (UTC)
The worst thing is not just the sales rankings but removing them from the search engine.

Type in "homosexuality" now and the first book is A PARENT'S GUIDE TO PREVENTING HOMOSEXUALITY. Book 3 is YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE GAY. Book 4 is FOR THE BIBLE TELLS ME SO. Book 5. is CAN HOMOSEXUALITY BE HEALED?

Absolutely disgusting, what they've done!
Apr. 12th, 2009 11:00 pm (UTC)
FOR THE BIBLE TELLS ME SO is a DVD. It's put out by Soulforce and is a very powerful pro-gay exploration of Christianity, homosexuality and the intersection points. Our local GLBT film festival screened it. Bishop Gene Robinson's ordination plays a central role in it.

But yes, the rest is pretty disgusting.

Edited at 2009-04-12 11:01 pm (UTC)
Apr. 12th, 2009 11:37 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the correction!
Apr. 13th, 2009 12:14 am (UTC)
Thank you for sharing that!

...I'm willing to bet the people at Amazon don't know that, tho.

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