Rachel Kramer Bussel & Audacia Ray discovered this morning that Amazon no longer lists a sales rank for a number of their books. For a time today, Ray’s Naked on the Internet was displayed without cover photo or reviews. Heather Corinna notes that the feminist anthology on sexual assault, Yes Means Yes, has also been stripped of its sales rank. (Update from Heather: her own book, S.E.X., is gone, as are “a pile of YA repro health guides, but strangely, others are fine. Our Bodies, Ourselves’ Changing Bodies, Changing Lives, gone, Toni Weschler’s Cycle Savvy (about menstruation and charting), gone, but Michael J. Basso’s Underground Guide to teen age Sexuality, is fine.”)
Obv, I’m not linking to their Amazon listings. You need a dildo, I can link you to that, though: those results come up fine.
They’re not alone: a policy at Amazon is excluding many more books from being ranked, and the only official explanation so far is an email from an Amazon rep to a targeted author stating that:
“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.”
While there’s nothing new about writing on women’s sexuality being dismissed as a solely pornographic concern, that doesn’t explain why Young Adult & gay romance titles have also been removed from sales rankings. Or why Surrender the Booty 3 The Search for More Arse is a “considerate” search result to return, but letting me know how many people bought Full Frontal Feminism is not.