Note about the post below: for the latest report on, see Publisher’s Weekly: “Amazon Says Glitch to Blame for “New” Adult Policy.”

Also, an overview in the U.K. Guardian: 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
Brokeback Mountain
Fanny Hill
Giovanni’s Room
Rubyfruit Jungle
False Colours
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 until they reverse this perverse move.

Outraged! I regret that most of my titles on my website link to

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 from the U.S.: no sales rank. Logging onto 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.