Sunday, April 12, 2009


I logged into Twitter just now and found a bunch of tweets about #amazonfail. It seems that Amazon has a 'policy' where they don't rank certain books THEY consider 'adult'.
Here's their letter about it:

"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 Advantage

It seems that they have a weird idea of what's "adult" and what isn't. For example, A book of over 600 photos of Playboy centerfolds is ranked. Also, some romance novels with very explicit (hetero) sex scenes (I know, I've read them) are still ranked. Also the book "A Parent's Guide to Preventing Homosexuality" is still ranked. But classics that deal with homosexuality in a positive way are unranked. Gay romance where there is NO sex is unranked. Even "Heather Has Two Mommies" is unranked.

You can sign a petition to protest this policy here .

I will NOT be purchasing anything from Amazon until they stop this stupidity.

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