sheenaghpugh: (Do somethin' else!)
Amazon's rationale for removing "adult" books from its sales listings doesn't altogether make sense to me. "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" is both silly and hypocritical - it's easy enough to find these titles by using the search option; if Amazon were really so concerned for the morality of the young or easily offended, they'd be better off not selling them, though not of course financially better off....

But their apparent definition of "adult & potentially offensive"="LGBT, even in its most non-explicit form" is plain disgusting. Mark Doty's Heaven's Coast - a memoir of grief by a great poet, not explicit in anyone's language - is "adult"; Playboy centrefold collections and books on dog-fighting are child-friendly?

They must have been ploughing through in a fairly haphazard way, to judge by the current inconsistencies, but they need their mind(?) changing before it goes further. There are petitions, but I favour the Google-bomb myself.

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