“Adult” Situations

Amazon.com criticized for removing ‘adult’ books from it’s ranking system where ‘adult’ is a codeword for TBLG materials. Anyone who doubts that last fact can be directed here which makes it pretty clear that American Psycho is included in the ranking system but a book detailing the ban of bisexual, lesbian, and gay people from the military is not.

Certainly many of the books that are no longer ranked are no more “adult” than many of those that are — as the list above shows, the same book, by different publishers, might meet either fate. And Kindle editions of some books remain ranked. “Unfriendly Fire,” for example, is #1 in Gay and Lesbian Nonfiction on the Kindle — even as the hardcover of the book, which was released on March 3, does not show up at all when searched for.

As near as can be determined, this is only (predictably) occurring on Amazon proper – Amazon Canada et. al. aren’t having to put up with this nonsense.
Someone else in the blogosphere inquired about this practice and the response was…almost Federal in it’s whitewashedness.

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

A partial list of the books being deranked exists here. Remember, they aren’t removing the books from sale …. just pretending that they aren’t there when they have to release their sales figures; it’s well known that many online retailers use Amazon sales rankings as a relative indicator of a given book’s success.
Wouldn’t want any of those fine upstanding repressed straight folk to think any income was being derived from those dirty faggots, dykes, queers, and shemales now would we?

The sad thing is that I can’t really see who specifically being catered to – it’s such an obscure (to most users) barometer of success/failure. It does seem to make hunting for certain things a bit trickier but (for the most part) they are still there with an extra step or two. So…if their intent is to cater to the ZombieJesusDay Right then….well, they’re doing it wrong.
I don’t think these things work, but for those of you who do there’s an online petition that can help you feel like you’ve done something.

Amazon – we still exist, and will go on existing no matter how hard you stick your head in the Box of Pretend World. Ttthhhhllllllpppppptttt!


Edit to the foregoing I can’t really be the only one who finds these a little creepy can I?


~ by Auntie Ranty on April 12, 2009.

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