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12 April 2009 @ 10:23 pm
Amazon Rank  
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 Amazon.com containing sexual, erotic, romantic, gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered or queer content, rendering them impossible to find through basic search functions at the top of Amazon.com’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.”
CJ aka WritinginCTwritinginct on April 12th, 2009 11:09 pm (UTC)
Twitter is totally out of control with #amazonfail.

I just can't believe in this economy that Amazon would so something THIS stupid and anger the GLBT community and those that support them. It's just ludicrous.

Kaz: So On Crack (Cameron)kazbaby on April 12th, 2009 11:12 pm (UTC)
It's beyond mind boggling.
CJ aka WritinginCTwritinginct on April 12th, 2009 11:18 pm (UTC)
Yep. They're going to feel repercussions from this one.
sothcwedensothcweden on April 12th, 2009 11:15 pm (UTC)
Did you read this?. Apparently it's being blamed on a "glitch." That must have been some strange glitch to be that specific.
Kazkazbaby on April 12th, 2009 11:17 pm (UTC)
No, I hadn't! And why is it that I'm having a hard time believing them.
CJ aka WritinginCTwritinginct on April 12th, 2009 11:21 pm (UTC)
lol I don't think anyone is buying the glitch excuse. Especially since markprobst posted a direct quote from a customer service rep saying it was a new policy.

I can't wait to see Amazon's response tomorrow.
sothcwedensothcweden on April 12th, 2009 11:33 pm (UTC)
You and me both. Watching them try to scrape off the egg on their faces should be interesting.
lemonbombs: assholelem0nb0mbs on April 12th, 2009 11:35 pm (UTC)
Oh, what bullshit!

Thanks for the link. It's further ammo! }:D

lemonbombs: cool!lem0nb0mbs on April 12th, 2009 11:37 pm (UTC)
BTW, Kaz, the icon is supa-bad! <3 <3 <3
Kaz: Exporing Options (Chiana/Aeryn)kazbaby on April 12th, 2009 11:50 pm (UTC)
*curtsies* It's one of my favorites. :D