pepperlandgirl: (Band of Brothers Subtext Buttsex)
( Apr. 12th, 2009 04:53 pm)
Amazon.com has just implemented a new policy.

"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.

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Ashlyn D

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If a book deals with GLBT issues in any way (non-fiction, fiction, erotic, romance, biographies, autobiographies), the books are being stripped of their sales rank. Why does this matter? Well, when you search for a subject or a title, the results are listed based on the sales rank, with the most popular at the top. So, using one of my books as an example, if you search for gay historical romance, A Hidden Beauty won't show up at all because it has no sales rank. In fact, if you search for A Hidden Beauty, the paperback format will not show up on the first page (though the Kindle version still does for now). Not only does it affect search results, but it also affects "Other books you might like" results, as well as the "People who bought this also bought" feature. Basically, it's like if your local bookstore removed all GLBT material from the bookshelves and put it behind the customer service desk. Technically still available, but you have to ask for it specifically. Authors and publishers are hurt by this decision because visibility is absolutely crucial, and Amazon has decided, in its infinite wisdom, to remove that visibility. Because the entire customer base shouldn't be exposed to GLBT material, apparently.

Right now, they are being rather indiscriminate over what gets stripped. Stephen Fry's autobiography Moab Is My Washpot has been stripped. Why? Because it's also listed as "Gay and Lesbian." Here's a compilation of titles affected so far. That list is being updated regularly.
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