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The LA Times on Amazon’s “De-Ranking” of Books Deemed Too Adult

[This is quickly turning into a PR coup for Amazon][link]. The gist of this is that most of the books labeled as “adult” and made hard to find on Amazon’s site are lesbian, gay, transgender or bisexual-themed, or even just LGBT-friendly. This is extremely bad form on the part of Amazon, as not showing up on best-seller lists or search pages can cripple the sales of a book. One of the books affected is “[Unfriendly Fire][fire]” by Nathaniel Frank, which now doesn’t show up on bestseller lists on Amazon.com despite it’s selling of more copies than the entire Twilight series.

[fire]: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0022NGDUY?ie=UTF8&tag=philnelson-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B0022NGDUY “Unfriendly Fire on Amazon”

The [#amazonfail tag on Twitter][twitter] is spreading very quickly in response to this, and I encourage the use of it.

[link]: http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/jacketcopy/2009/04/amazon-deranks-gayfriendly-books-the-twitterverse-notices.html/ “Amazon de-ranks so-called adult books, including National Book Award winner | Los Angeles Times”

[twitter]: http://search.twitter.com/search?q=amazonfail “#amazonfail Twitter Search”

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