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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 09:58 pm (UTC)
actually, if you look at those links you'll see that for many entries they're for the Kindle editions only. The actual print books no longer have rankings and can't be searched. Some authors have found that their Kindle editions have been de-ranked as well.
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Apr. 12th, 2009 10:13 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I just checked and Whipping Girl (a more academic-type book with NO sex scenes or anything) has a Kindle ranking but no regular ranking.
Searching for "whipping girl" brings you automatically to the Kindle version.
Obviously feminism & trans* theories are Too Adult & Immoral for teh childrenz.
Apr. 12th, 2009 10:55 pm (UTC)
A number of my Kindle books have been de-ranked, both straight and gay. Oddly, my CreateSpace (amazon PoD) print edition, in the Gay section and labeled erotica, is still ranked.

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