April 13, 2009

AmazonFAIL

Alas, a blog Amazon = Fail

Amazon is (and apprently has been for a few weeks) stripping "adult" titles of their sales rank so that they don't show up on bestseller lists and also don't show up in many searches. The criteria for "adult" appears to be: anything that portrays homosexuality as a positive or talks about homophobia as a negative. For example: Homophobia: A History by Bryan Fone that would be a non-fiction history book about homophobia. What's not adult? Playboy: The Complete Centerfolds by Chronicle Books (with pictures of over 600 naked women). Want more examples? A huge list is growing here.

The only official word from Amazon? It's a "glitch." Glitch my ass. How does ALL books with gay content become "adult" and stripped of ranking? It's either a conscious decision to ban gay books, or an incredibly inept job of clearing "adult" content gone horribly wrong.

Many are calling for a boycott until the situation is corrected. But I already don't buy from Amazon. I'd rather buy in person at a local, independent bookstore whenever possible, or online. Living in New York, it's pretty easy to find inexpensive books and even hard to find books from various locations. If you're not in a similar situation, try Powell books online store.

Posted by ronn at April 13, 2009 02:13 PM

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