Amazon seems to be pulling some kind of stunt to censor gay and lesbian writers and writing.
First, a post at io9 which naturally focuses on sci-fi by and about lesbians/homosexuals.
Amazon.com Banishes Queer SF Writers to a Null Dimension wherein Nicola Griffith demands an apology from Jeff Bezos (but I wouldn’t hold my breath).
It does appear to encompass more than just sci-fi, according to this article on CNN:
They’re trying to claim now it was some kind of “glitch”, but it’s hard to imagine a “glitch” selectively targeting the affected books, especially since other very sexually explicit (even graphic) books by non-queer authors were completely unaffected.
No, no, I don’t think we buy that. Someone at Amazon is attempting to censor books. Books that they personally find offensive. I find that offensive. I do not think Amazon has any business deciding what should be available, or relegating some books to a hidden list of some sort. Censorship is censorship, whether it’s something I would read or not. Some of what they pulled is award-winning fiction. A service rep from Amazon responded thusly:
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.
Oh puh-leeeze. Consideration of the customer base? Who is pulling their strings now?