Note about the post below: for the latest report on Amazon.com, see Publisher’s Weekly: “Amazon Says Glitch to Blame for “New” Adult Policy.” http://tinyurl.com/cacyu4
Also, an overview in the U.K. Guardian: http://ow.ly/2JTF
Amazon.com has stripped selected titles of their sales ranking, ostensibly for their “adult” content. Here are a few of the titles:
Oranges are Not the Only Fruit
The Well of Loneliness
Picture of Dorian Gray
Lady Chatterley’s Lover
Bastard out of Carolina
A Single Man
The Beautiful Room Is Empty
Tipping The Velvet
For a fuller list of titles: here.
This is shocking! The majority of titles being “punished” in this way have lesbian or gay subjects. How can this be allowed? Do we not live in a democracy? I’m not buying another title from Amazon.com until they reverse this perverse move.
Outraged! I regret that most of my titles on my website link to Amazon.com.
Amazon customer service email: and the customer service phone number is 1-800-201-7575. Or email .
I’ve signed an on-line petition against it—here—and I hope others will as well.
An up-date: Lilian Nattel, reporting from Canada, said that she could see the sales ranks for the titles mentioned. I checked, from Mexico, and I could as well. I posted the puzzle on Twitter, and Holly Tucker, a historian and academic, showed me what she saw for Water‘s Tipping the Velvet, when logging onto Amazon.com from the U.S.: no sales rank. Logging onto Amazon.com from Mexico, the sales rank is listed.
And so: the plot thickens. Apparently people in the U.S. are not permitted to see the sales ranks of books involving gay or lesbian relationships. This is unbelievable.