Amazon ‘glitch’ removes sales rank from gay books

Posted on 14 Apr 2009 at 10:47am
By Hillel Italie AP National Writer

Removal prompts furious response online

NEW YORK — A "glitch" on Amazon.com has caused the sales rank to be removed from gay- and/or lesbian-themed books by James Baldwin, Gore Vidal and others.

"There was a glitch in our systems and it’s being fixed," Amazon’s director of corporate communications, Patty Smith, said in an e-mail Sunday, April 12.

As of Sunday night, books without rankings included Baldwin’s "Giovanni’s Room," Vidal’s "The City and the Pillar" and Jeanette Winterson’s "Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit." The removals prompted furious remarks on Facebook, Twitter and elsewhere online.

Craig Seymour, author of the gay memoir "All I Could Bare," wrote on his blog Sunday that his sales rank was dropped in February, then restored nearly four weeks later, after he was told by Amazon that his book had been "classified as an Adult product."

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