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Monday, April 13, 2009

Oh No You Did Not, Amazon

This isn't the first time I've heard of disgusted bloggers switching to other booksellers because of something unsavory Amazon has done. But really, Amazon... what were you thinking?

Censorship is the last thing we need from you Amazon.

6 comments:

Nymeth said...

It boggles the mind, doesn't it? It almost seems too blatant to be deliberate, but at least so far there are too many inconsistencies in the glitch explanation or the hack theory for me to be satisfied. What I'd like would be a good, solid story from Amazon AND an apology. Because intentional or not, this harmed a lot of authors. Let's see if we'll get one.

What's currently pissing me off to no end is seeing the reaction on twitter being dismissed as a "brainless mob" reaching for their "virtual pitchforks" before they hear the whole story from poor, defenceless Amazon. Because even IF Amazon is somehow completely blameless here, what harm did the public outrage cause? Personally it warms my heart to see so many people react so strongly to a gay rights issue. And showing a big corporation that they can't get anyway with something like this, no matter what caused it, can only be a good thing. [/rant}

Chris said...

I know...this really upset me! What's wrong with these people?

Brian said...

I love how they are trying to pass it off as a glitch when books such as Playboy's 50th Anniversary book and A Parent's Guide to Preventing Homosexuality were both left intact, but books such as Ellen D's autobiography were messed with.

Chances are they'll just deny deny deny.

Kim L said...

nymeth-as always, you have such insightful comments about the situation. And I really, just don't buy the "it's a glitch" situation. Someone intended for this to happen. Someone should apologize for it. And seriously, why shouldn't people get up in arms about it? That is the awesome part of the internet, that people can get together and protest virtually. It should make big companies get their act together and realize if they pull stunts like this, there will be outrage. And justifiably so.

christ-what's wrong is someone apparently got a really stupid idea in their head.

brian-if it was a computer glitch, they would call it a "computer glitch", not a "glitch". It sounds like someone screwed up and they're going to cover their asses now.

Literary Feline said...

Even if I bought the "glitch" story, I have to wonder at their tagging methods.

Susan said...

Glitch....hmmm, interesting it only affected sexuality, and not say, baby books....and gay books no less. I've worked in bookstores, and it would pretty hard to get all those books suddenly registered as 'adult' with swoop of the button as this site http://blog.seattlepi.com/amazon/archives/166384.asp and this one http://www.cbc.ca/news/blogwatch/2009/04/another_twitter_pr_failure_ama.html show. Isn't it good to know that the story got up here to Canada too??