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Update 10:39pm PDT: tells Publishers Weekly the de-ranking of gay and lesbian books on its site was a "glitch."  Is this PR backpeddling, or a perfect storm of technological error and inept customer service, or could it be that, as a Facebook friend humorously surmised, "a homophobic programmer just got fired"?

Amazon received a flurry of online protests and became the subject of today's biggest Twitter trending topics #amazonfail and #glitchmyass after writer Mark Probst blogged that Amazon had indiscriminately stopped ranking gay and lesbian books because of their "adult" content.  (See below.)


1:32pm PDT: is apparently removing gay and lesbian books from bestseller lists, some searches, and sales rankings:

Amazon also swept former NAJP fellow Minal Hajratwala's book Leaving India into its "gay-and-lesbian-and-therefore-adult-and-inappropiate" net.  Hajratwala is gay and alludes to her sexual orientation in her writing, but her book primarily chronicles the Indian diaspora and includes no explicit sexual material.  She recently logged on to Amazon only to discover that her book had disappeared from searches both for her name and the title of her book:

As if it weren't enough that Amazon has taken over how we buy books, now it's censoring what we buy as well. 

That leaves this infuriated writer and reader only one choice: Buy independent...and sign the petition.

(Entry updated thanks to Minal Hajratwala's comment.)

April 12, 2009 1:32 PM |


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