Amazon rank (v.)

The news is all over the place and everybody is up in arms against amazon. For some idiotic reason amazon has come up with some crap that obviously caters to the religious fanatics and narrow minded bigots.

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.

"Adult" material meaning mainly, but not exclusively, GLBT fiction and non-fiction. Already authors have confirmed that their books don’t turn up in search results anymore. What gives? I don’t get that. At all.

The smart bitches have already taken some action and created a quick website where the new verb amazon rank is getting a whole new meaning*.

Go and sign a petition to object to amazon’s outrageous try at censorship. On his blog Mark R. Probst has talked about his exchange with amazon concerning this new adult policy that has obviously been going on for much longer than we thought.

Astonishingly enough now amazon claims that a "glitch" was responsible for the removal from sales ranks. A glitch, of course! Who do they hope to fool with that transparent excuse? A glitch that lasts months and has been brought to amazon’s attention already in February? Read Craig Seymour’s post to know more about his experiences with amazon.

On Dear Author you will find the email address of amazon’s executive customer sevice and a template you can use to send to them. Until this matter is resolved we all should go and buy our books elsewhere. Companies who censor books and discriminate shouldn’t be supported in any way.

Here is a list of books the sales rank of which has been removed. It is growing by the minute. And if you’d like to see twitter updates check #amazonfail search results.

As a matter of fact I think I’ll inquire with our national amazon as to their POV on that matter. I don’t think that this new adult policy is being in effect over here, but possibly letting them know that they are losing customers in other countries adds a little bit of pressure, too.

Amazon would do better to backpedal quickly.

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