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i usually never do these things, but

April 12th, 2009 (09:47 pm)

Amazon rank.

I am not personally affected, so I can see the bizarrely funny side of this particular bit of incompetence: hey, Amazon, if you're trying to pretend you're just not giving Amazon rank to adult books, you are so doing it wrong.

(That link is to Shayla Black's DECADENT, a book which is, um, rather heavy on the, er -- yes, well. And ranked #344,701 in Books!)

List of affected books is here -- to me, the big surprise is that there's just no way Amazon could even think their excuse would fly for a second. I mean, guys. The Well of Loneliness. Adult? Really?! Man, I wonder what happened with this decision. Oh, to be a fly on the wall there.


Posted by: doctor_alice (doctor_alice)
Posted at: April 13th, 2009 03:24 am (UTC)

That is just... as you said, incompetent. Did Amazon just start doing this?

They're blocking "Oranges are not the Only Fruit" and "Giovanni's Room?" Can Huck Finn or JK Rowling be far behind? (Which is to say, once you start banning, where do you stop?)

I wish Amazon would grow up.

Posted by: brewsternorth (brewsternorth)
Posted at: April 13th, 2009 04:16 pm (UTC)

Apparently not "just" - an author called them on it in February, and they backed down some - but this is the first time it's become apparent on a large scale.

Posted by: Elspeth (elspethdixon)
Posted at: April 13th, 2009 04:33 am (UTC)

IMO, anyone who claims to be removing the ranking from "adult" books and doesn't remove it from Lady Chatterly's Lover fails at censorship and has no respect for tradition. Well, and the fact that they're censoring G-rated childrens' books and academic texts that deal with homosexuality, but not things like collections of Playboy centerfolds or Alan Moore's Lost Girls just makes their real goal painfully obvious (though you could put that last one down to the general conviction by non-comics fans that everything with speech bubbles in it is intended to be read by twelve-year-olds, something that will get my local library into serious trouble with some thirteen-year-old's angry parents some day, as they demand to know why Watchmen or The Authority or basically anything by Frank Miller had a YA sticker on it).

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