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way to fail up everything, Amazon

What the hell, Amazon?

E.M. Forster's Maurice
Radclyffe Hall's Well of Loneliness
James Baldwin's Giovanni's Room

Each of these books, and many, many more books -- lit fic, genre fic, YA fic, pretty much as far as the eye can see -- with some queer/LGBT themes have had their sales ranking yanked from them on Amazon. That means they will not appear on bestseller lists on Amazon or be tracked, because their concepts are "adult". This damages sales. This keeps readers from finding these works. This is bigoted and homophobic and absolutely intolerable.

Check rydra-wong's LJ for links; (her entry here is helpful). Definitely visit meta-writer's entry for more information.

What the actual fuck? If this continues, that's it -- not one more red cent to Amazon. I have an outstanding gift certificate, and -- I honestly am going to call customer service and ask them to refund the giver if this bullshit continues.

Spread this around. This is news people need to know.

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secretsolitaire
Apr. 12th, 2009 10:14 pm (UTC)
Have signed a petition and written to Amazon. I'm disappointed because I've bought from them many times before. Not sure what they're thinking.
entrenous88
Apr. 12th, 2009 10:22 pm (UTC)
It's incredibly disheartening. The amount of power they have, and the amount of damage this does... It's a terrible, unconscionable decision.
allyndra
Apr. 12th, 2009 11:12 pm (UTC)
I'm so angry about this. The last thing I ordered from Amazon was a fantasy novel with a m/m romance, just last week. I signed the petition and emailed Amazon.

As I said in my email to them, if they were just starting out as a business and declared their prejudice openly, I would simply not patronize them. But they are a huge part of literary sales, and they are hiding their bigotry behind a screen of small print. And that makes this much, much more serious. I'm revolted by this policy, and I can't fathom how they thought it was a good idea.
entrenous88
Apr. 13th, 2009 12:30 am (UTC)
It's seriously making me shake with anger.

Argh, YES! They're being fucking sneaky about it, and -- we're going to throw some light on this!

It is ridiculous of them, an online company, to underestimate the online community, and our capacity to spread information/knowledge/awareness/protest.

Jeezum crow.
cityphonelines
Apr. 13th, 2009 12:09 am (UTC)
This put my bitchface on something FIERCE. I signed the petition, but I'm not even coherent enough to formulate a direct email to them. I think I need breathe a bit first.
entrenous88
Apr. 13th, 2009 12:31 am (UTC)
I've written an email, and it was hard to read out loud (to Mr. Nous, to see what he thought) without my voice trembling with rage. so I hear you! Good god. This is fucking reprehensible.
laisserais
Apr. 13th, 2009 02:05 am (UTC)
:( FAIL

because queer = ...porn? ok amazon
entrenous88
Apr. 13th, 2009 02:31 am (UTC)
And feminist texts! And transgender memoirs! And books on teen sexuality!

There's seriously going to be hell to pay for this one.
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