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April 18th, 2009
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AmazonFail: It gets weirder
From After Ellen, a publisher of LGBT books:
[After over a year of trying to get her company's books displayed properly at Amazon]....In the first week of March 2009, it suddenly all became crystal clear to us. We pulled every single Saint Marie LGBT title from the Kindle store, deleted all gay/lesbian categories and tags from them, republished them as plain, old, ordinary romances, and then sat back to see what would happen. If we were right, if our theory correct, we reasoned, then we should have sales rankings in approximately twenty-four hours…

Twenty-four little hours later, I couldn’t help but whoop with joy. There were sales rankings on all of my titles in the Kindle store, and some were even on the bestselling lists! A week or two later, we began gingerly adding the gay/lesbian categories once again. This time, however, without the search tags — and without consequence.

What's odd is that in other accounts of I've seen of Amazon obscuring LGBT books, Kindle editions were mysteriously immune. I don't know if publishers were apt to neglect putting metadata on Kindle or whether something else is going on.

Link thanks to pecuniam.

Very tentative hypothesis: Maybe most publishers didn't bother to metatag their Kindle listings because they assumed that the tags from their paper books would carry over.

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Date:April 18th, 2009 03:01 pm (UTC)
Oh powers that be, if there are any, please free the human race from bias against people who just want to love who they love. My marriage wouldn't have been allowed in this state not so very long ago given that S_C is brown and has a certain shape of nose and nappy hair. That we aren't monogamous isn't, apparently an issue yet.
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Date:April 18th, 2009 03:20 pm (UTC)

I'm going to swear now

Jesus H. Christ on garlic toast, what is the problem with people's brains? I just don't get it. A feeling of bias against anyone warns me to rethink. Well, not teenaged boys. Hormone bombs. But why meddle with the lives of perfectly peaceful. responsible citizens of a country whose founders valued the freedom to to live as they saw fit, as long as they weren't hurting anyone else. The USA. The colonies united, in desperate rebellion. It hurts my core that we might have come so far away from the beginning.

Not that there weren't ugly episodes in the beginning (I was Betty in our high school "The Crucible"). I hope they stand out as exceptions.

Mostly, I'm relieved that we might be getting closer to our idealistic whacko feudal roots and giving them a good hard looking over in the present daylight. Some parts are very good. Others have grown into ugly offshoots. Amendments allowed XXs to vote when?!
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Date:April 18th, 2009 11:19 pm (UTC)
Do you mind if I link to your post?
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Date:April 19th, 2009 12:08 am (UTC)
Not at all. Linking is always permitted, but I like knowing it so that I have a chance to follow any further discussion.
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