Amazon Has a Gay Glitch
The Twitterverse and blogsophere are abuzz about Amazon.com stripping hundreds of gay and lesbian books of their sales rankings because the books’ material has been deemed “adult.”
Titles like James Baldwin‘s “Giovanni’s Room” and Annie Proulx‘s “Brokeback Mountain” are among the book who have lost their ranking. Authors that have written about their own books losing their rankings include Mark R. Probst and Craig Seymour.
An Amazon spokesperson tells PublishersWeekly said that “a glitch had occurred in its sales ranking feature that [is] in the process of being fixed. The spokesperson added that there was no new adult policy.”
You can follow and contribute to the growing backlash about this controversy on Twitter with the hash tag #amazonfail.
Also up for debate: Entering homosexuality into Amazon will give you search results full of “healing” books including the first search result — a paperback called “A Parent’s Guide to Preventing Homosexuality.”
FYI: A full list of books that had their sales ranks removed can be found here.