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Publishers Weekly is quoting an unnamed Amazon spokesperson as saying that there is no new adult-content policy at Amazon, and that the stripping of the sales-rankings from hundreds of books is the result of a computer glitch. An informal sampling of Internet reaction to this news (see, for example, the comments on the PW article) suggests that the word "glitch" is too vague for some people.

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larrymac
Apr. 13th, 2009 01:13 pm (UTC)
Here's an LJ post that offers an interesting perspective - http://tehdely.livejournal.com/88823.html

I dunno... it seems possible. I've seen the reports of this happening as far back as February, but that could be "testing". And there should be no doubt that Amazon's customer "service" is using canned replies.
matt_ruff
Apr. 13th, 2009 04:12 pm (UTC)
Oh, it seems possible to me, too. But once Amazon has fixed the problem, I think they're going to need to release more details about the exact nature of the glitch (unless the Kindle OS has managed to link up with Skynet by then, in which case we'll all have other things to occupy us).
bondgwendabond
Apr. 13th, 2009 06:15 pm (UTC)
"Mwahahahahaha!" exclaimed a corporate spokesperson.
sgnp
Jun. 5th, 2009 04:17 am (UTC)
This Happened to Me (Sort of)
My book showed up in Amazon.com searches on May 6th:



On May 7th, it disappeared on searches.

I received a not-so-helpful response, and wrote a forceful letter.

The next day it was back.

I never got an explanation as to why it disappeared, but the impression that I was given was that it was an error and they fixed it.

It's funny, when I was going through that it seemed like a lot longer than two days. Perhaps it's because it's my first book so I'm kind of manic about it?




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