April 13th, 2009

triangle, bizarre

(no subject)

I'm still trying to figure out the latest Amazon.com follies. What seems to have happened, as far as I can make out: Some eagle-eyed Amazon users noticed over the weekend that a suspiciously large number of books with LGBT content had lost their Amazon sales rankings, causing them not to show up in search results. An Amazon customer service representative explained that this was part of a new policy that "adult" material should not show up in searches. There was an internet kerfuffle, and now Amazon is saying that there is no new policy, this is a glitch, and they're working on fixing it.


There's a glitch somewhere, all right. Probably not in the site software.

What I can't figure out is how they thought for a nanosecond that they were going to get away with this. I know what writers are like. Mess with their Amazon sales rank at your peril.

I am rather disappointed with Amazon, not so much for the initial behavior (hey, we all have boneheaded ideas sometimes), but for the less-than-forthright way they seem to be dealing with the fallout.
bannakaffalatta, short

Swallows and Amazons

BBC Radio 7 has started broadcasting a radio adaptation of Arthur Ransome's Swallows and Amazons. So far I've listened to about 20 minutes of it, enough to confirm my deep sense of irritation that I missed out on this book when I was a child. Not sure whether I'm going to keep listening to the adaptation, or just go and get a copy of the book. (Not that the adaptation isn't charming - I just usually prefer to be introduced to a work via the original rather than an adaptation.)