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Have you heard about the latest amazing Amazon fail?


Yes, I sent this.

I just read online about the new Amazon policy to hide so-called "adult" literature by removing sales rankings, especially on gay and lesbian materials. This is completely offensive on a number of levels. First of all, not all gay and lesbian materials are "adult" in the erotica sense, and many are appropriate for teens and a YA audience.

Secondly, I am an adult, and do have the right to read anything I want. I use Amazon because the search results are usually comprehensive and complete. Apparently, this is no longer the case, and therefore, I will no longer use Amazon to research (and buy) books - of any type - until I can be assured that I am able to see all the results, not just those that someone else has deemed "appropriate".

If you wish to create a search option that excludes "adult" materials, I suggest you allow those who want such a search to opt-in to a special search area, rather than hiding certain things from everyone.

Sincerely,

kcobweb

Date: 2009-04-12 11:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kouredios.livejournal.com
Yeah. Jay and I were talking about this over dinner, and he said he understood wanting there to be a filter for adult material, but that it made more sense for it to work like Google images' safe search, or something.

According to the tweeters at #amazonfail, (http://search.twitter.com/search?q=%23amazonfail) amazon seems to be starting to actually work on it.

Date: 2009-04-13 04:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] boylawyer.livejournal.com
The shocking thing is that they apparently didn't anticipate that this would be a problem with a significant segment of the population. What year are they living in, because it certainly isn't 2009...

Date: 2009-04-13 04:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kcobweb.livejournal.com
As I just read somewhere this morning, not only does this piss off the GLBT community, but also anyone who is somewhat interested in civil liberties and censorship. That's a *large* number of customers to piss off, in the midst of a recession especially.

Date: 2009-04-13 05:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] boylawyer.livejournal.com
Oh yeah, exactly. I mean, in all honesty, the odds that I will ever read a book dealing primarily with GLBT issues rapidly approaches zero (unless one of my kids ends up being part of that community), but I am horrified and offended that they would knee-jerk include everything in that category as objectionable.

Date: 2009-04-13 06:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kcobweb.livejournal.com
Precisely. I *do* read those books sometimes, but that's not really even the point, you know?

Date: 2009-04-13 05:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] itgreyhound1.livejournal.com
If the Smartbitchestrashybooks ladies are on the case, I know that Amazon will be forced to change this policy. Simply from the Romance perspective, this would mean huge changes to the Amazon website and lost revenue for a lot of authors.

There are definitely times when the romance genre--being the largest percentage of books purchased yearly--has some pull.

On a more enlightened note, did you know that Barnes and Noble has now decided to shelve gay and lesbian romance in the ROMANCE section and not in the GLBT section? I thought that might count as progress, surely.

Date: 2009-04-13 06:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kcobweb.livejournal.com
I do like that about B&N - it's good to know that someone somewhere said, hey, these are just romance novels about, you know, *people*.

I know I saw somewhere (possibly on SBTB) that several "spicy" romance authors were having issues as well...... I hope that there are a bunch of publishers stomping all over Amazon today.

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