Apr. 12th, 2009

ringlunatic: (Controversial)
ETA: Apparently it's all Meta-trolling and nothing else. Well done to the trolls!

ETA2: Or maybe not? I give up.

RP [livejournal.com profile] morganmuffle: RP [livejournal.com profile] moony: (Hai there, Twitter speak)

This is in the process of exploding all over the internet, Twitter, Facebook, etc.

Amazon thinks you should be protected from certain books.

Another link to several blog posts on the subject.

Bottom line: If a book contains erotica, GLBT, feminist or non-standard sexuality, its sales rank has been pulled by Amazon to "protect" their user base from "adult content." This isn't limited to actual sex scenes in the book; some books are being stripped of their rank simply because they contain mention of alternate sexuality, sex in general, or feature a gay character. It also not limited to fiction, as several non-fiction books, biographies and memoirs have been affected as well.

Titles stripped of their sales rankings include "Bastard Out of Carolina," "Lady Chatterly's Lover," prominent romance novels, GLBTQ fiction novels, YA books, and narratives about gay people.

Also affected: Heather Has Two Mommies (yes, because that's 'adult' content, right thurr), and Hello Cruel World: 101 Alternatives to Suicide for Teens, Freaks and Other Outlaws, because SUICIDE PREVENTION IS OBSCENE WHAT.

Additionally: Dan Savage, Quentin Crisp, Randy Shilts, biographies of Oscar Wilde and Harvey Milk, Stephen Fry's memoir, and Brokeback Mountain.

A complete list of books affected can be found here.

From that post:

If you want to protest to Amazon direct, this is their email addy: connect-help@amazon.com
Other ways to get in touch with them: http://clicheideas.com/amazon.htm

Or write to their CEO:
Jeffrey Bezos. (total annual compensation $81k - irrelevant but interesting). The address is 1200 12th Avenue South, Seattle, Washington 98144-2734, United States Phone: 206-266-1000 Fax: 206-622-2405

Googlebomb link: http://www.smartbitchestrashybooks.com/amazonrank/

Petition: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/in-protest-at-amazons-new-adult-policy

Spread the word. Use the hashtag #amazonfail on Twitter


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