This is not a crisis, nor should we run screaming, but I think it is important enough that every reader, writer, publisher, editor and all champions of freedom of expression should take note. Amazon has changed its policy and has de-ranked books that it deems “adult” in nature. This includes anything they count as erotica and many non-adult LGBT books, as well. De-ranking means that they have been pulled from the sales ranks and are also not coming up in the search engine.
I do not advocate being outraged. Outrage accomplishes nothing. I *do* advocate a polite, but firm letter campaign asking that Amazon allow sales to indicate sales rank and nothing else. I distrust their definition of “adult” if it does not include Twilight, or Playboy, but does include Annie on My Mind.
Please make a firm request that all books be ranked and that they do not involve behavior that can be seen as censorship or “protection.” Please feel free to Digg this or forward it to MLs, forums, sites, etc. The more people who protest politely, the more of an impact we can make.
You can contact the Amazon Executive customer service email at firstname.lastname@example.org, call the customer service phone number: 1-800-201-7575 or login to your Amazon account and visit: https://www.amazon.com/gp/help/contact-us/general-questions.html?ie=UTF8&browse_node_id=468496
You can also sign this petition against the policy:http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/in-protest-at-amazons-new-adult-policy
As a publisher of LGBT comics, as a reader of whatever I bloody well want to read, as a member of the community of humans that prefers to think for myself, I ask for your support against this misguided policy.
Update – This is not a “glitch”. Emails were sent out to the first victims of this new policy more than 2 months ago that stated that it was a policy change. They were all LGBT authors – many of whom had no, or ridiculously little, “adult” content in their books.
It’s understandable that Amazon wants to call it a glitch, but don’t let them get away with it.
Also – do not ask *me* if your local Amazon is affected. Go search for J.D. Glass, Radclyffe Hall or any other LGBT book you can think of and see for yourself. *Do* for yourself, and *think* for yourself. Don’t be sheep and follow me or anyone.
Lastly – this has nothing to do with the game Rapeplay, don’t be delusional. The 14 of you who want that dreck have had no affect of the hundreds of authors de-ranked and delisted from Amazon right now. Crichey.
Update 2 – Amazon has apologized, and is sending out emails calling this a ham-fisted and embarassing error. To say the least….
I should let you know that it *did* affect some of the other catalogs. Amazon.co.uk was affected. And yes, some Yuri and Yaoi manga titles were caught in the net.
Weev’s claim that he hacked the system is…unlikely. A number of people are saying that that is a hoax.
Here’s what I think actually happened:
Some manager proposed an idea for moving adult books off the ranking, like in Amazon JP. Another one got the order, handed it to a tech and said, “do this.”
The tech had no interest or clue and did a thing that checked ontology or whatever. They don’t report to the manager who told them to do it, so they handed it to their manager who had no idea about it who, when asked about the gay thing said, “it’s all porn, whatever.”
So customer service gets emails and asks a completely different manager, who asks up the chain and finally gets, “it’s a policy thing about adult stuff.”
I’ve worked in large companies for my entire life and basically, this is how things always work. No one knows what the person next to him did and none of the managers have a clue.
As of this moment, I have no intention of moving the Yuricon Shop or the links here and we’ll see what happens.
Final Update: Everything has been restored.