Still Scratching My Head…

Ok quiz time:  Which would you consider more “adult content”, the autobiography of Ellen Degeneres or Playboy’s Decade of Centerfolds?  Now I know this hard… take your time… ok now wtf.

Over the weekend hundreds of Gay and Lesbian themed books were dropped from the Amazon ranking system.  Here is a great example from Wire magazine:

Harvey Milk

The Mayor of Castro Street: The Life and Times of Harvey Milk no longer has a ranking on Amazon.  This google cache from April 7th, 2009 shows that the book was ranked 7,923 overall and was the most popular book in both “Gay & Lesbian >> Biographies and Memoirs” and all non-fiction books about local government. It was # 4 in all books about the history of California.

Now Amazon is claiming that this was a catalouging error, but this seems a bit suspicious doesn’t it?  Here is the official statement from Amazon:

This is an embarrassing and ham-fisted cataloging error for a company that prides itself on offering complete selection.

It has been misreported that the issue was limited to Gay & Lesbian themed titles – in fact, it impacted 57,310 books in a number of broad categories such as Health, Mind & Body, Reproductive & Sexual Medicine, and Erotica. This problem impacted books not just in the United States but globally. It affected not just sales rank but also had the effect of removing the books from Amazon’s main product search.

Many books have now been fixed and we’re in the process of fixing the remainder as quickly as possible, and we intend to implement new measures to make this kind of accident less likely to occur in the future.

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~ by katoque on April 13, 2009.

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