Archive for April 12th, 2009

April 12, 2009


Dear Amazon dot com

You say,

In consideration of our entire customer base, we exclude “adult” material from appearing in some searches and best seller lists. Since these lists are generated using sales ranks, adult materials must also be excluded from that feature. (link)

This is a Young Adult book. It is targeted at young adults. It is not “adult material”.

This is a guide to college campuses for lgbt students. Again, not “adult” material.

This is a collection of sexually explicit photographs of women from a magazine aimed at men.Most people might consider this adult material. Apparently you do not.

This is why Amazon sales rank is important.

As only an occasional user of your website, I actually did not know that you were protecting my innocence by excluding adult material from searches and sales ranks. I find this stupid and regressive for a number of reasons, but if it is your official policy I realise there’s little I can do to change it.

However, if homophobia is to continue to play a role in judging when a book is or is not adult, I’d be grateful if the wording of your terms of service was changed to reflect this.


Aishwarya Subramanian

(story via most of Twitter)

Also, Amazon Rank.
Edit: More links here.