Sunday, April 12, 2009

Are we resorting to Book-Burning as well?

Sign this petition against Amazon's new book discrimination policy:
Censorship - Discrimination - Self-Righteousness
Call it whatever you want, Amazon has decided to remove sales ranking from "adult material" including (most) books with gay or lesbian focus.
"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." (from Amazon)
I find it unconscionable that many books by extremely talented authors have been excluded from the Amazon ranking system because they have a focus on gay or lesbian relationships, are openly gay authors, or have written "certain" erotica stories.
Yet Amazon does seem to have a conscience when it comes to monetary instincts - great sellers like BrokeBack Mountain (you know, the book by Annie Proulx that was made into a major motion picture and probably earned lots of money) still shows its sales rank - hmm, guess Amazon doesn't want to irk its bigger money makers? (as of 4/12/2009, 2349 hrs, BrokeBack Mountain ISBN#978-0739462164 is ranked at #595,245)
To be quite honest I fully expect Amazon to retaliate against those of us who protest the loudest - after all, they seem perfectly content to censor free thought and I am protesting this act which threatens our Freedom of Speech.
Help protest - sign the petition at
...and then go out and buy books by the authors who protest loudly and the authors whose books have been targeted.
By the way, here is where you can find my books NOT on Amazon:
Help protect YOUR right to read what YOU choose!

1 comment:

Chelle Cordero said...

Monday, 6:49PM 4/13/2009

Amazon calls mistake 'embarrassing and ham-fisted', hmmm?