April 12th, 2009

eliphas, napping

Amazon doing the stupid

Via my friends list: over the last few days Amazon.com removed the sales rankings from various gay themed books

See more at Copperbadge's LJ, and at rm's place here, with follow-up.

I haven't noticed it yet on amazon.de (I checked the short list given by xtricks), and a bunch of books I could think of, and only one was not sales-ranked. I'm keeping an eye on it.

One one hand, wtf sales ranks? OTOH, wehret den Anfängen.

ETA: Have written letter. It's painfully formal and stilted. Going to send it tomorrow. Ideally spiced with some examples that make sense from my buying history.

ETA II:
This is kind of interesting: Meta-Trolls?
Pandagon, with a lot of writers affected by the fail closely connected, discusses the Meta-troll theory. This includes explanation of what sales rank does, which I did not know.

ETA III:
Have sent mail. Even if amazon has fallen victim to trollery or a technical SNAFU, something is wrong here and I dislike getting no clarification from them. Now I hope they fix it and apologize, because amazon has always worked very well for me and I would regret following up on my mail by actually finding someone else to buy from.

ETA IV:
According to internet gossip, amazon says the French did it. I'm tired of internet gossip at this point. I'll read some slash instead.