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Old 04-12-2009, 06:38 PM   #1
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Amazon Removed Gay Books from Rankings

Linked in from Mashable:

http://mashable.com/2009/04/12/amazo...from-rankings/

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Some members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community are taking exception today to Amazon’s removal from its sales rankings of gay or lesbian books it considered “adult” in nature.
I've been following this on Twitter #amazonfail and it's now the highest rated Twitter-trend.

UPDATE: LA Times has a piece on this now: http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/jacketcopy/2009/04/

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Old 04-12-2009, 06:42 PM   #2
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I saw this on DearAuthor. Unfortunately, it's not just LGBT books, but some romance novels (mostly erotica).
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Old 04-12-2009, 06:47 PM   #3
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I saw this on DearAuthor. Unfortunately, it's not just LGBT books, but some romance novels (mostly erotica).
Their reasoning on this seems sloppy at best. Excluding LBG&T and erotica because of the sensitivities of some who might see the list is near-enough to censorship for my tastes. What next, age ratings on books? Those annoying 'explicit lyrics' stickers you find on music?

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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.
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Old 04-12-2009, 06:52 PM   #4
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There was a sort of campaign last year on the Amazon Kindle boards asking to remove a lot of the adult or porn type titles from showing up in the low-to-high sort for Kindle books. There were so many of them that it was difficult to sort through to find the lower priced Kindle books.
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Old 04-12-2009, 06:57 PM   #5
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Apparantly de Sade has been hit by this and Brokeback Mountain.
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Old 04-12-2009, 06:59 PM   #6
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There was a sort of campaign last year on the Amazon Kindle boards asking to remove a lot of the adult or porn type titles from showing up in the low-to-high sort for Kindle books.
Interestingly, the Kindle editions don't seem to be (as) affected by this as the paper editions.

I'm pretty darn disgusted and angry at Amazon right now.
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Old 04-12-2009, 07:03 PM   #7
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Apparantly de Sade has been hit by this and Brokeback Mountain.

Lady Chatterley's Lover, The Harvey Milk Biography all deranked. But hey, guess what, all the homophobic books are right there and ranked highly.

Sickening.
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Just another reason for me not to patronize Amazon.
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Old 04-12-2009, 07:39 PM   #9
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Just another reason for me not to patronize Amazon.

Same here. I'm so pissed off right now, but I'm taking action, going to cancel my account with these bigoted censors. I'll take my custom elsewhere.

UPDATE: They've apparently de-ranked Stephen Fry's Memoir!
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Old 04-12-2009, 07:44 PM   #10
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I'm happy to add a "Dear Jeff Bezos" letter to the blog for anyone who would like to write one.
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Old 04-12-2009, 07:50 PM   #11
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I'm happy to add a "Dear Jeff Bezos" letter to the blog for anyone who would like to write one.
There's already an open-letter to Bezos, you might want to link in:

http://thewritemarket.blogspot.com/2...anks-from.html
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It's spreading like crazy on twitter, and I haven't seen a tweet sympathetic to Amazon. Dear Jeff Bezos and lawyers: "Pride" comes before the fall. Mwahahahaha! (Evil laughter and pun intended.) I think Jeff Bezos might be a closeted...oh never mind!
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Old 04-12-2009, 07:57 PM   #13
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There's already an open-letter to Bezos, you might want to link in:

http://thewritemarket.blogspot.com/2...anks-from.html
Done.
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Meh.

It's a business.
Businesses make marketing decisions trying to determine what will work best with their targeted customer base.

Sometimes they get it right. Sometimes they get it wrong.

Very often the best thing to do is to split different product lines off into separate divisions.
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