Monday, April 13, 2009

Amazon Censorship

I just ran across this @ Rich's ComixBlog and thought it worth quoting here:

Due to Amazon’s apparent new censorship policy, which includes de-listing books with LBGT content as “adult” and inappropriate, we have temporarily disabled our affiliate links. We ask that you read up on the issue and think before making any purchases from Amazon, through us or otherwise, until the rankings and search capabilities are restored and an apology is tendered to the authors affected.

A company which censors non-explicit LBGT content, including academic histories and biographies (”Heather Has Two Mommies” is suddenly erotica?) while continuing to openly promote explicit heterosexual pornography (Playboy Centerfolds isn’t erotica?) is a company that we cannot morally support.

You can read more here: Open Letter To Amazon

And here: Ed Rants

And here: Mark Probst: “Amazon Follies”

Thank you.

I know I'll be thinking twice before supporting Amazon again

Now playing: The Traveling Wilburys - End of the Line
via FoxyTunes

Update: Neil Gaiman is also blogging about this and Amazon has said that it is due to a "glitch" in the system.

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