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Oh, a GLITCH . . .

Amazon explains it all to the LA Times: their system has a glitch. It's a good one, too. It only goes after books with gay themes and content. Some misbegotten person said earlier that those books actually lost their sales rankings due to their adult content, but that couldn't be so, not with books about GLBTs and their rights under the law, or teen titles with no sex involved, or picture books. But now it's all made clear.

It's a glitch.

We can all sleep safer tonight. At least, until we write something that gets excised cut glitched.

G'night, friends and neighbors.

edited to add:

Yay! AP finally catches on! Yay! (Though I hate to add a Washington Post link because they're being such shitheads about current government. They useta be smart, but they got teh stoopid.) (It's late. Don't mind me.)

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noveldevice
Apr. 13th, 2009 04:36 am (UTC)
Everyone clap your hands if you believe in glitches!

...yeah, that's what I thought.
mlwl
Apr. 13th, 2009 05:02 am (UTC)
Yes, I especially love that they caught this "glitch" AFTER at least hundreds of people emailed complaints about the PUBLISHED FREAKING MEMO on the subject. Because glitches have reasoning, too, like being concerned about their larger constituency.
dark_puck
Apr. 13th, 2009 05:25 am (UTC)
A depressing amount of people predicted this move. The depressing part comes in that they were right. D:
conuly
Apr. 13th, 2009 01:21 pm (UTC)
The depressing part comes because I didn't bother to put money on that.
fangirlsdaja
Apr. 13th, 2009 05:30 am (UTC)
Wow, that's a mighty premeditated glitch, there.

Honestly, what a terrible PR job. What's sad is I didn't even expect them to tell the truth in the first place--I immediately thought, "I wonder what lie Amazon will tell to try and wriggle out of this?"

Definitely not buying from Amazon anymore. I'll stick with my local bookstore, thanks, even if it does cost more. They don't *glitch* my books.
evilstorm
Apr. 13th, 2009 05:35 am (UTC)
*low whistle*
auroraceleste
Apr. 13th, 2009 05:41 am (UTC)
Have you read this yet?

http://tehdely.livejournal.com/88823.html

Explains how it could be a "glitch" that Amazon didn't plan on. Makes for interesting food for thought, was it Amazon, or was it trolls manipulating the system?

Edited at 2009-04-13 05:41 am (UTC)
trialia
Apr. 13th, 2009 06:36 am (UTC)
Content can't be flagged on Amazon in the same way it is on LJ; and if it's a code glitch, they're still idiots for having such a messy backend.
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dejadrew
Apr. 13th, 2009 05:42 am (UTC)
Did the glitch send out the e-mail about the new adult content policy, too? Because if so, that is a real smart glitch, right there. We may have to boycott Amazon purely to prevent it from evolving into Skynet.
lunalelle
Apr. 13th, 2009 05:43 am (UTC)
Does this mean that the GLBT stuff was part of the glitch but that the adult content stuff wasn't? Or was it all a glitch?

Don't mess with the GLBT folks and internet people's porn, y'all. It's like trying to take guns away from Texas (which I can say, because I'm Texan o.-)
anj1290
Apr. 13th, 2009 05:54 am (UTC)
...what the fuck. Really? Sorry, but I thought I lived in a country that was supposed to allow people's voices to be equally heard. Or promoted, in this case. My bad.
anj1290
Apr. 13th, 2009 07:29 am (UTC)
(sorry, I saw this post before I saw your previous one...this comment really should have gone there.)
trialia
Apr. 13th, 2009 06:36 am (UTC)
#glitchmyass

*wanders off to get morning coffee*
karenhealey
Apr. 13th, 2009 07:34 am (UTC)
Tammy, totally unrelated, but I'm sitting here avoiding writing a novel synopsis for my editors by reading Young Warriors>, and it's SO GOOD. SO SO GOOD. Also, bonus points for PoC on the cover!
tammy212
Apr. 13th, 2009 03:15 pm (UTC)
8-D

I'm so happy you like it, Karen!!!! Coming from you, that makes my day!
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elodiebanel
Apr. 13th, 2009 08:57 am (UTC)
hmm, unrelatedly, The picture of dorian gray has GLBT material? I don't even remember. I just remember loving the concept of that book (the picture goes ugly! he doesn't!) and then loving the book when I finally got my hands on one to read it.
desayunoencama
Apr. 13th, 2009 11:17 am (UTC)
Amazon has been deranking books for moral reasons since at least August 08:

http://www.teleread.org/2008/08/28/amazon-hiding-sales-ranks
-of-naughty-books-e-book-standards-and-drm-angles/
tammy212
Apr. 13th, 2009 03:21 pm (UTC)
The hypocrisy--claiming to serve the world while slyly cutting away pieces of it to leave us with a cleaner/safer/straighter world--makes me daffy.
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bethan_b_bad
Apr. 13th, 2009 12:35 pm (UTC)
*simmers*

To quote someone else: Glitch, please.

What a load of old cobblers, Amazon.
tekanji
Apr. 13th, 2009 12:44 pm (UTC)
Before they tried to pull the "glitch" crap I was considering making my boycott of Amazon only until they apologized, but this weasely BS they're pulling is seriously making me consider putting Amazon on my perma-ban list. -.-
tammy212
Apr. 13th, 2009 10:10 pm (UTC)
I know. If you're gonna fuck me, really, shouldn't you kiss me first, guys? I hate it when people think I'm stupid.
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