Well, the murmur is turning into an uproar. Apparently over the weekend Amazon decided to de-rank several erotic or GBLT titles. Don’t be fooled by the idea that this issue is just about egocentric authors who want to know their rank. This is about something much more serious.
See…Amazon runs like a regular bookstore, but online. I blogged about it extensively recently at Fresh Fiction. What does that mean, though? Well, in a nutshell, when you go into your local bookstore, what do you see, right off the bat? You see the bestsellers, right? This is PRECISELY how Amazon works. If I search–bestsellers in romance, surely Lora Leigh is going to pop up, right?
Well…according to Amazon’s infinite wisdom, not anymore. According to Amazon, you see, Lora L. is erotic romance…and therefore is relegated to the back room. She’s there. But you readers have to search a bit harder to find her.
Amazon is all about exposure. It’s about being in the storefront. In one decisive fell swoop, they apparently have taken that away. If you want to buy anything associated with erotic or GLBT, you’re have to go to the back room and ask for your stuff.
(Which will likely be delivered in a brown paper wrapper.)
Suddenly, one third of my rankings disappeared on Amazon. Now…I liked to see my rankings. But to focus on the rankings misses the point. We’ve just been moved off of lists that people might search in order to buy our books. And by the way…the things Amazon has decided to leave up vs. erotic romance? My eyes are still bugged.
Some really good links that I’ve read so far…
I’m no expert, but this seems really wrong.