WTF, Amazon?!

If you twitter, by now you’ve seen the Internet explode with news about Amazon. Even if you don’t twitter, follow #amazonfail and catch up on the craziness that Amazon has instituted.

Basically, they are removing/unranking all “adult content” items, particularly GLBTQ books, erotica and romance novels. I’m joining in the protest by what Smart Bitches has coined “googlebombing”. (My bad if that term belongs to someone else.)

Because right now I’m three sheets to the wind (apple martinis rock!), I’m simply going to copy/paste from Smart Bitches. This is their content and I wholeheartedly agree.


It’s Google Bomb Time!

We did it for Bill Napoli. Now it’s Amazon’s turn. As always, fuckwittery should not go unrewarded. We propose the following entry be entered into the lexicon:

Amazon Rank

amazon rank
Function: verb
Inflected Form(s): amazon ranked

1. To censor and exclude on the basis of adult content in literature (except for Playboy, Penthouse, dogfighting and graphic novels depicting incest orgies).
2. To make changes based on inconsistent applications of standards, logic and common sense.

Etymology: from 12 April 2009 removal of sales rank figures from books on containing sexual, erotic, romantic, gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered or queer content, rendering them impossible to find through basic search functions at the top of’s website. Titles stripped of their sales rankings include “Bastard Out of Carolina,” “Lady Chatterly’s Lover,” several romance novels, GLBTQ fiction novels, YA books, and narratives about gay people.

Example of usage: “I tried to do a report on Lady Chatterly’s Lover for English Lit, but my teacher amazon ranked me and I got an F on grounds that it was obscene.”

Alternate usage: “My girlfriend wanted to preserve her virginity, and I was happy to respect that, then she amazon ranked and decided anal sex was okay.”

Making this the top result, which is also dependent upon algorithms and shit, requires help from you savvy folks.

I’ve created a page with the definition for “amazon rank.” LINK TO with “Amazon Rank” as the anchor text. The link should look like this:

Amazon Rank

This is known as Google-bombing.

Second of all: We’re creating a definition and if it’s approved, you can vote on it to increase its prominence. Link to definition to come soon.

All you have to do is link to the page using these words: Amazon Rank. The more you do it, the higher up in rank the page will go, and the more successful it will be. One would hope.

The goal: that “Amazon Rank” points to the definition that underscores’s shortminded censorship and inconsistent policing of what ought to be accessible to the book buying public.

ETA: As of 6:15pm EST/2:25pm SBTB Time, we are number one in google results for Amazon Rank. Holy smoke. Behold the power of angry bookfolk, Twitter, and the interweb.


ETA: Here ends End SBTB post.

Now I’m linking to this letter, just because it’s right on. Go Kassia!

Open Letter to Amazon Regarding Recent Policy Changes