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Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Amazon and Gay Lit Problems

There has been a lot of talk over the last few days about the Amazon "mistakenly" mis-cataloging most of their gay and lesbian books as "Adult," thus stripping them of a right to have a sales ranking.

Here is an official statement from The Lamda Literary Foundation which is America's largest association of GLBTQ writers and readers.

You can also follow the story here and here.

My class is discussing GLBTQ Literature tonight (among other topics), so we will be discussing this issue, but in my opinion, this was no"mistake" as Amazon terms it. I think one employee decided to censor this literature for personal reasons and now Amazon is covering it up. A glitch is a nonjudgmental computer error that randomly attacks things; this was a targeted attack on one sphere of literature. Way too suspicious to me.

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