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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 11:39 pm (UTC)
Not sure if this helps for you...
No sales ranking on amazon.ca's file for Heather that I can find right now, but there's several different editions listed. I don't know if that adds to the confusion or clears stuff up.

One Dad, Two Dads, Brown Dad, Blue Dad, however?

# Paperback: 32 pages
# Publisher: Alyson Books; 1 edition (May 1 2004)
# Language: English
# ISBN-10: 1555838480
# ISBN-13: 978-1555838485
# Product Dimensions: 24.9 x 16.8 x 0.5 cm
# Shipping Weight: 91 g
› See all 4 customer reviews...
4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
# Amazon.ca Sales Rank: #68,152 in Books (See Bestsellers in Books)

Again: the Canadian arm of the company is apparently unaffected for now. I don't know how long it'll stay that way.

Edited at 2009-04-12 11:41 pm (UTC)
Apr. 12th, 2009 11:53 pm (UTC)
Re: Not sure if this helps for you...
Hmm, that's a little heartening. Especially about the Canadian site, but I'm still not sure if I'd feel comfortable buying from Amazon again.
Apr. 12th, 2009 11:55 pm (UTC)
Re: Not sure if this helps for you...

If you think it might give *.ca some "business case" leverage against *.com HQ in an intra-corporate bunfight over the issue...?
Apr. 13th, 2009 12:07 am (UTC)
Re: Not sure if this helps for you...
HQ in an intra-corporate bunfight over the issue...?

I really like the idea of this, I'm not sure why. I hope Amazon.ca keeps it up.

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