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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 11:19 pm (UTC)
Not so with amazon.ca, though...
For the paperback edition of Anything Goes on amazon.ca:

Product Details

* Paperback: 256 pages
* Publisher: Michael O'Mara (Mar 1 2009)
* Language: English
* ISBN-10: 1843173336
* ISBN-13: 978-1843173335
* Product Dimensions: 19.4 x 12.8 x 2.4 cm
* Shipping Weight: 259 g
* Average Customer Review: No customer reviews yet. Be the first.
* Amazon.ca Sales Rank: #13,520 in Books (See Bestsellers in Books)

So the Canadian arm's possibly unaffected by the policy shift. You may want to try with other books...
Apr. 13th, 2009 04:01 am (UTC)
Re: Not so with amazon.ca, though...
Well OF COURSE not in Canada . . . ::gently bangs head against wall::
Apr. 13th, 2009 12:16 pm (UTC)
Re: Not so with amazon.ca, though...
Hoping that continues to be the case, although I've been reading conflicting reports elsewhere on LJ. Posters on LJs belonging to matociquala and andpuff in particular have given me what may be either signs of saner heads or disturbing trends.

Hoping my fears are wrong.
Apr. 13th, 2009 05:40 am (UTC)
Re: Not so with amazon.ca, though...
Isn't that John Barrowman's (Cap'n Jack Harkness's) memoirs? :)

I keep meaning to buy that....
Apr. 13th, 2009 12:19 pm (UTC)
I believe so! Friends of mine with like interests - particularly fajrdrako - have spoken well of it, if memory serves.

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