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Apr. 12th, 2009 | 10:19 pm
mood: angryangry

On Amazon.com two days ago, mysteriously, the sales rankings disappeared from two newly-released high profile gay romance books: “Transgressions” by Erastes and “False Colors” by Alex Beecroft. Everybody was perplexed. Was it a glitch of some sort? The very next day HUNDREDS of gay and lesbian books simultaneously lost their sales rankings, including my book “The Filly.” There was buzz, What’s going on? Does Amazon have some sort of campaign to suppress the visibility of gay books? Is it just a major glitch in the system? Many of us decided to write to Amazon questioning why our rankings had disappeared. Most received evasive replies from customer service reps not versed in what was happening. As I am a publisher and have an Amazon Advantage account through which I supply Amazon with my books, I had a special way to contact them. 24 hours later I had a response:
In consideration of our entire customer base, we exclude "adult" material from appearing in some searches and best seller lists. Since these lists are generated using sales ranks, adult materials must also be excluded from that feature.

Hence, if you have further questions, kindly write back to us.

Best regards,

Ashlyn D
Member Services
Amazon.com Advantage
Yes, it is true. Amazon admits they are indeed stripping the sales ranking indicators for what they deem to be “adult” material. Of course they are being hypocritical because there is a multitude of “adult” literature out there that is still being ranked – Harold Robbins, Jackie Collins, come on! They are using categories THEY set up (gay and lesbian) to now target these books as somehow offensive.


A list of books that have been excluded on this basis - http://community.livejournal.com/meta_writer/11992.html - including Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit, Brokeback Mountain and The Well Of Loneliness, as well as a vast number of random publications, autobiographies of gay people, suicide prevention manuals for teenagers, you know.

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the wrong tune played til it sounded right

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from: ladyjestyr
date: Apr. 12th, 2009 09:54 pm (UTC)

If you search for 'homosexuality' on Amazon.com right now, the top four books returned are all ANTI-gay.

This is NOT awesome.

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Diary of an Ass Monkey

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from: assmonkeydiary
date: Apr. 13th, 2009 03:25 pm (UTC)

It's amazing that they thought they could quietly get away with this. As an internet company, they should really be more aware of how the internet works.

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