Amazon Fail Situation
April 13, 2009 @ 8:47 pm (Permalink)
For those who are unaware, Amazon is being cuntastically uncool about stripping off ranks and eliminating GLBT-themed literature from their global search engines. Not to mention, when you do the “All Departments” search for “homosexuality”, the results are horrendously appalling!
Basically, any gay eroticas (apparently straight eroticas included, too), any YA books that have GLBT themes, are being discriminated upon. Not all are being discriminated upon, but a lot of them are. Some of the authors contacted Amazon directly about this, but they were basically told that adult-themed literature were being taken off of the global search and not ranked any longer. However, later, after many people contacted them, they said it was a “glitch” in the system . . . Glitch my arse. People can be stupid, but in this case, we know it’s not a freaking glitch.
Here are some links about the situation for those who are in the dark about it.
* Here’s a nice LJ entry that explains the start of it all.
* Here’s an entry — after you scroll down a bit — that has a compilation of major articles that are floating around the web about this whole #amazonfail situation. Also the entry has a link to a petition.
* Here’s an interesting theory about what may have happened with Amazon’s so-called “glitch”. Now whether it’s true or not, it is an interesting angle, but I don’t think it’s really true.
* Twitter’s storm about this whole thing. The real-time updates are — WOW. Talk about hard to keep up.
* List of books that are affected in this “glitch”.
As a long-time, loyal customer of Amazon, I have to say that I am pretty miffed about this. I depended on them to get stuff I could never get here, and I depended on them for the fact that they are one of the few online retailers to be NICE about shipping to US military addresses — which I have. To read and hear about all this is really disappointing. I do hope they fix all this!
ETA: So an explanation pops up. Great. That’s something. I can accept that it’s a glitch. What I can’t accept are the facts that this started in February, and that the authors received notification about their works being targeted because it was deemed “adult”. Bah.
Just give us a formal apology, especially to the authors/writers affected, and make sure this sort of thing doesn’t happen again!