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WTF, Amazon?

bad day kitten
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.

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maryling
Apr. 13th, 2009 03:26 am (UTC)
Thanks for adding your weight to the protest, Tammy. The more voices crying out about this, the better!
tammy212
Apr. 13th, 2009 04:41 am (UTC)
This is one of those things nobody with a brain should keep shut about. It's a sly, snivelling, dastardly, sneaky little maneuver, and they shouldn't be allowed to get away with it. I don't deserve kudos for doing what anyone should do (but thanks anyway).

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