From Phyllida's Desk

Amazon Rank

April 12, 2009

As many of you may have heard, Amazon.com has gone insane. They have stopped listing the sales rank for LGBT material (like Phyllida and the Brotherhood of Philander) because, as they explained to an author who asked why the sales ranking had disappeared from the listings for his books:

"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."

This means that these titles often don't come up in searches at all. However, it's not really "adult" content that they're censoring: it's only, as I said, LGBT. Or, as the Smart Bitches, Trashy Books explain it: "To censor and exclude on the basis of adult content in literature (except for Playboy, Penthouse, dogfighting and graphic novels depicting incest orgies)."

Here's one interesting example: Joey Hill's novel, Nature of Desire - Natural Law, a BDSM (heterosexual) romance.
http://www.amazon.com/Nature-Desire-Joey-W-Hill/dp/1419951653/ref=pd_bxgy_b_img_b

Now, this is a terrific book, in my opinion, well written and definitely unique. But compared to Phyllida, and I would imagine most LGBT romances, the level of "adult" content is off the charts. Yet Natural Law still has a sales ranking while Phyllida and other LGBT titles do not.

So, at the Smart Bitches' sugestion, I'm posting this link to their Google Bomb for "Amazon rank" and asking readers who reject censorship to tell Amazon what you think.

http://www.smartbitchestrashybooks.com/amazonrank

Selected Works

Fantasy, Women's Fiction (e-books)
Book Six in the ECLIPSIS series of Lady Amalie's memoirs.
Book Five in the ECLIPSIS series of Lady Amalie's memoirs.
Book Four in the ECLIPSIS series of Lady Amalie's memoirs.
Book Three in the ECLIPSIS series of Lady Amalie's memoirs.
Book Two in the ECLIPSIS series of Lady Amalie's memoirs.
Book One in the ECLIPSIS series of Lady Amalie's memoirs.
Short Story
A queered version of the Cinderella story in the 4th Gay City anthology, "At Second Glance."
Newsletter article
Describes the typical upbringing of middle- and upper-class children in Austen's time.
Romantic Comedy, M/M/F Menage
A breezy tale of love, lust and secrets set against the backdrop of Regency England.