I was going to post today about some of the pitfalls and benefits of reviewing, including what is apparently a critique of review sites as opposed to a discussion about the differences of opinion regarding the actual books themselves. Not to dismiss healthy debate or anything, but… am I the only one who sees the irony in this??
Instead I saw the below at the MLR Press Authors blog posted by Laura Baumbach:
You may have noticed that rankings and bestseller info has been removed from all a lot of gay romance and gay fiction books in the last few days. It appears that Amazon has decided we are to be hidden from the mainstream readerships. Obviously they don’t understand that a lot of our readers ARE mainstream.
When Amazon was asked about the missing rankings they responded to one author with:
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
This is why the internet is so unbelievably important in today’s world. Simply, it allows inclusivity without any kind of discrimination in order for many voices to be heard and so that review sites, including those with a niche like GLBT fiction, can exist when big corporations pretend they are the moral police and decide, as Wave says, that gay fiction = sexually explicit material.
To add your name to the petition against Amazon’s so-called ‘adult policy’ go here.
If this doesn’t put things into perspective than nothing will. It certainly did for me.
Update: Amazon is trying to now palm this off as a ‘computer glitch’. Interesting how this problem systematically removed the rankings and keywords from ALL of the GLBT fiction and non-fiction, don’t you think?? Not only shouldn’t we be reading such work, but we are apparently stupid too. Nice one, Amazon.