Cage's Fist Gets Caught in the Glitch
All last week Diana had been e-mailing me about how she was experimenting on Facebook to advertise her books via Amazon. She said after spending $16 dollars on Facebook ads she sold two books off Amazon, made $4 bucks and earned $3 in referrals. She was very proud of her new marketing venture through Amazon.
So this morning I get a frantic e-mail from Cage saying her books had been tagged "adult" and were no longer coming up in Amazon listings. Don't they know a lesbian's gotta be able to sell her books? Well, with titles like Girl Meets Girl and Box Lunch: The Layperson's Guide to Cunnilingus, it seems they were easy targets for the computer glitch, or was it a cataloging error, or maybe the company's "experiment;" whatever it was. Diana was "blacklisted."
The site Jezebel used Cage's book cover as an example to illustrate this whole debacle and went on to ferret out just what the hell really happened:
What's frustrating here is Amazon's inability to pick a story and stick to it: there were several explanations floating around the Internet today that reportedly came from Amazon employees, who claimed the issue was caused by everything from the now notorious "glitch" to human coding error to, disturbingly enough, an "experiment" being done by the company. Let's break down the explanations that have come out of Amazon since this mess started:
Amazon was quoted by Publishers Weekly late last night claiming that the missing sales rankings were the result of a "glitch" in Amazon's system, yet Jessica Valenti of Feministing, whose book, Full Frontal Feminism, was stripped of its sales ranking, claimed earlier today that her editor, Brooke Warner, contacted Amazon and was told by a company spokesperson that the missing sales rankings weren't a "glitch" after all, but an "experiment" of sorts.
I know Kelly is planning her Wednesday fight around the possibility of this issue being or not being an issue. But Amazon had a lot of 'splainin' to do. In fact, there were 763 news articles in Google where Amazon needed to claim there was no censoring going on.
The good news is that it's becoming clearer that you can't accidentally or deliberately over look the gays without a ginormous uproar, not to mention, Cage got a little extra marketing out of being censored. So if you wanna learn everything there is to know about dating, and eating a box lunch, check out our favorite "adult" author.