Over the weekend, "hundreds of gay and lesbian books" written by authors from James Baldwin to E. Lynn Harris "simultaneously lost their sales rankings" as Amazon.com arbitrarily re-classified the titles as "adult", reports Rod McCollum of Rod 2.0.
The discovery was made when author Mark P. Probst attempted to use the Amazon search engine to locate his novel The Filly. After contacting Amazon, he received this response:
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.
Since when did LGBT themed books such as The Advocate College Guide for LGBT Students become adult material?
The reaction from the gay blogosphere was swift spreading the word via Twitter and through online petitions. An Amazon spokesperson tells Publishers Weekly "a glitch had occurred in its sales ranking feature that was in the process of being fixed."
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