April 13, 2009

Amazon's LGBT literature glitch

Per guardian.co.uk, several books dealing with gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) issues had their sales rankings removed from the Amazon Web site, causing much criticism online.

An Amazon spokeswoman blamed a "glitch" for the situation and said it is being fixed, per the article.

Many Twitterers are expressing their opinions of the event, as well as the fact that it is indeed a hot topic on Twitter:

  1. Gwyn's Mom
    gwynsmom (San Jose, Calif.) I guess people do read my posts after all. Got 5 msgs about 'Amazon censorship' today. Amazon is not CENSORING anyone, people!!! #amazonfail
  2. Sarah G.
    sarahmanader (Vermont) It warms my heart that Twitter has been such an effective medium for the Amazon censoring issue. #amazonfail
  3. seansinclair
    seansinclair (Washington, D.C.) #Amazonfail - WTF Amazon?? All LGBT books are "adult material" but hetero erotica is not? I call shenanigans.
  4. Sarah Urban
    surban (Madison, Wisc.) I am so miffed at Amazon. I won't shop there until they change their ridiculous prejudiced policy.
  5. Lauren Gutterman
    OutHistory (Undisclosed) To sign petition protesting Amazon's "adult books policy" go to: http://tinyurl.com/d5dbo3
  6. maike R.W.
    Maike_R_W (Undisclosed) more than 13.000 have signed the petition against Amazon's new Adult policy. YAY US! #amazonfail
  7. pts
    pts (Undisclosed) People freaking out about Amazon, read this and take a deep breath: http://tinyurl.com/d279nf
  8. legalaid
    legalaid (Washington, D.C.) Amazon Anger Rises on Twitter http://tinyurl.com/cxdu59
  9. ɹןʇnqן
    lbutlr (Denver, Col.) if #amazonfail indicates a anti-homosexual slant at Amazon, I think they are going to be in for a huge ass reaming. poor choice of words?

Some affected authors have also made their views known on the subject. Jennifer Finney Boylan (@JennyBoylan) was among them.

  1. Jenny B.
    JennyBoylan Trans content just a dangerous as gay content, apparently. Finally, we're included in something! #amazonfail
  2. Jenny B.
    JennyBoylan I'm going to give amazon one day to prove it's a "glitch". My life is no glitch, and neither is the book about my life. #amazonfail
  3. Jenny B.
    JennyBoylan Also: today PEN and editors at Random House immediately got on the case. Author's Guild? No response. #amazonfail.
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