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 despite it’s selling of more copies than the entire Twilight series.

[fire]: “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]: “Amazon de-ranks so-called adult books, including National Book Award winner | Los Angeles Times”

[twitter]: “#amazonfail Twitter Search”