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A holy image for Easter! (Thanks to Janine Ashbless for this one.)

You’re probably aware by now of the storm growing over Amazon’s outrageous decision to remove erotica, erotic romance and LGBT fiction and non-fiction from its book sales rankings. If you haven’t seen the list of ‘de-ranked’ books, check it out. Amazon’s definition of ‘adult material’ includes non-explicit LGBT texts. So you will no longer find on Amazon’s bestseller lists books such as Annie E Proulx’s Brokeback Mountain, Radclyffe Hall’s Well of Loneliness, EM Forster’s Maurice, Edmund White’s A Boy’s Own Story.

There are many casualties. Our own books have been delisted so we now have a farcical situation where Amazon’s Adult Fiction Chart contains two out of print books! But of course, the worst of this is the clear homophobia this policy expresses. Amazon are a major power. Their site is used by millions not just for the purchase of books but as a significant bibliographic resource. If seminal queer texts are not appearing on their bestseller lists, if gay parenting guides don’t feature alongside other parenting guides, if YA novels with gay characters have to be hunted down, if books on homophobia are de-listed, this is censorship, this is suppression of non-normative sexualities. And it is utterly indefensible.

Go sign the petition now.
Check out Twitter’s #amazonfail.
Boycott Amazon.
Be very fucking angry.


Written by Kristina Lloyd

April 13, 2009 at 10:31 am

Posted in Man Candy Monday

7 Responses

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  1. This is so shocking. The top US Amazon results now for ‘homosexuality’ are all about the bible and ‘prevention’ of the gay!


    April 13, 2009 at 12:44 pm

  2. Although they are now claiming it is a glitch (uh, whut?) this is very telling. It seems it is being done using metadata tags and what those tags are is shocking


    April 13, 2009 at 1:01 pm

  3. I’m absolutely livid about it. I’ve closed my all Amazon accounts, deleted all the links to Amazon from my blog. I won’t buy anything from them ever again.

    And it sounds like I’m not the only one either…


    April 13, 2009 at 1:04 pm

  4. That picture made my mouth water.
    Thank you, thank you, God. (and ecw)

    Venus Vaughn

    April 13, 2009 at 6:07 pm

  5. I’m so glad that picture found its true home…

    Janine Ashbless

    April 14, 2009 at 1:18 pm

  6. Here I am, a day late. I had a special event yesterday at Friskbiskit. In the midst of Amazonfail, Running Press launched a new m/m romance line yesterday, to be shelved in the romance section.

    So, I’m having ManCandy Tuesday, instead:

    Jessica Freely

    April 14, 2009 at 2:39 pm

  7. Oy, what did I do. So sorry! Wrong link!

    Here you go:

    Jessica Freely

    April 14, 2009 at 2:40 pm

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