Amazon deforests

Remember how Amazon.com seemed marginally less provincial than some other big book vendors? Cherish those memories:

“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.”

This open letter to Amazon from Booksquare sums it up nicely.

Update: Christopher Butcher points to this comprehensive post at Jezebel.

Update: The Seattle Post-Intelligencer’s blog shares a statement from Amazon admitting to a “ham-fisted cataloging error.”

4 Responses to Amazon deforests

  1. Chloe says:

    What I find interesting is that they’ve yet to go after yaoi; it’s all still ranked, as far as a quick cursory glance could see. (But “Ellen DeGeneres: A Biography”? Clearly a sordid tale not meant for youngsters.)
    Then again, Alison Bechdel etc. is still up, so maybe the raid isn’t on the comics and GN section??

  2. thirstygirl says:

    Smart Bitches, Trashy Books is all over this, and since their commentariat includes some of the best-selling women writers in the United States, it should be interesting to watch.

  3. […] today several folks on blogs and Twitter began noting that books with gay, lesbian, transgender and bisexual themes were removed […]

  4. I find it hard to believe this was an error. More like a plan that backfired methinks.

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