Okay, so, by now, Amazonfail has made headlines in national newspapers and you've probably heard all about it. If not, the short version is that last weekend over 50,000 books on topics ranging from m/m romance to lesbian parenting were mysteriously stripped of their Amazon sales rank, which also made them disappear from searches of the bookselling behemoth's website. Included in the mass suppression of ideas were books by Gore Vidal, Mary Renault, and Annie Proulx, as well as guides to recovering from sexual assault and books with information for people with disabilities. Left untampered with was Playboy: The Complete Centerfolds, and A Parents Guide to Preventing Homosexuality, natch. Amazon claims the sales rank stripping was done in error, though as of this writing, the company has yet to come forth with a real apology or any specific information about how and why this occurred. Books do seem to be getting their sales ranks back, though slowly.
It's been a busy week at Friskbiskit, what with the Running Press launch on Monday and all, so I'm only getting around to commenting on this matter now. Since I'm not a multi-million dollar corporation with the livelihoods of thousands in my hands, my delay seems more forgivable that Amazon's.
I hardly need to say how deeply I deplore what happened, and how very concerned I am with the way Amazon handled the matter. Until this incident, I've been pretty laid back about Amazon. Sure, I thought, they do seem to be attempting to monopolize publishing, but at least their overriding drive to sell as much stuff to as many people as possible will ensure that everyone has a chance to market their product with them. I know, I know. I was wrong and now I see the error of my ways. Monopolies are unhealthy and they lead to abuses (intentional or not and as far as I'm concerned the verdict is still out on this one) like the one we've just seen.
This seems like a good time to point out to my fellow Kindle owners that we can buy direct on our devices from All Romance eBooks.
Also, from now through Thursday, Loose Id is offering 10 percent off all LGBT ebooks.