Amazon, Why Have You Forsaken The Erotic?

Amazon, Why Have You Forsaken The Erotic?

Come Monday Amazon is going to have a world of woe on their doorstep.

If you haven't heard, Amazon is stripping all gay & lesbian fiction, and erotic fiction of their Amazon sales rankings.

Karen Scott has said it perfectly:
They’re
basically saying that consumer sales don’t matter. They’re basically
saying that if ten million people decided to buy an erotic or gay
novel, it wouldn’t make a blind bit of difference. They must protect
the public from themselves at all costs, whilst negatively impacting
any author who writes gay or erotic fiction.

This is what happens when a company gets too big for its boots.

Some of those authors being affected that we know and love are:

Jaci Burton
Shannon Stacey
Maya Banks
Larissa Ione

They have reportedly lost their Amazon rankings on some of their books.

**Because the list of authors are too huge to list: Update:
New Post from Meta Writer who has listed various erotic and gay books
that have been affected by Amazon's censoring decision

Mark R. Probst has reported this latest Amazon controversy on his Live Journal:

On
Amazon.com two days ago, mysteriously, the sales rankings disappeared
from two newly-released high profile gay romance books:
“Transgressions” by Erastes and “False Colors” by Alex Beecroft.
Everybody was perplexed. Was it a glitch of some sort? The very next
day HUNDREDS of gay and lesbian books simultaneously lost their sales
rankings, including my book “The Filly.” There was buzz, What’s going
on? Does Amazon have some sort of campaign to suppress the visibility
of gay books? Is it just a major glitch in the system? Many of us
decided to write to Amazon questioning why our rankings had
disappeared. Most received evasive replies from customer service reps
not versed in what was happening. As I am a publisher and have an
Amazon Advantage account through which I supply Amazon with my books, I
had a special way to contact them. 24 hours later I had a response:

In
consideration of our entire customer base, we exclude "adult" material
from appearing in some searches and best seller lists. Since these
lists are generated using sales ranks, adult materials must also be
excluded from that feature.

Hence, if you have further questions, kindly write back to us.

Best regards,

Ashlyn D
Member Services
Amazon.com Advantage

The blogs across the internet are up in arms. Also some other excellent posts on this subject I recommend you visit:

Uncommon Jen "It's A Matter of Choice"
Smart Bitches, Trashy Books "Amazon Rank"
Dear Author "Amazon Censors It's Rankings"
Meta Writer "Collection of Amazon's Censor Fail"

Amazon
feels they have the right to become like Blockbuster and censor the
more adult books and hide them regardless if they are a best seller or
not. Making people unaware of a product, such as what they feel is too
adult and hiding it is the biggest form of censoring out there. Why
don't they just rip out all the pages of sex they feel is obscene
before they ship it to the people who have purchased the book from them?

What does this mean for the sex toys that Amazon also sells? Will Amazon subtly hide these products along with the erotic fiction as well as with the gay and lesbian?

Why not speak up?
Contact Amazon Exec office e-mail - ecr@amazon.com or the customer service phone number at 1-800-201-7575.

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