In which Amazon quits baby-sitting biz, goes back to retailing

Latest news is that the deranking of all several GLBT/erotic books was a programming glitch. Wow, a programming glitch that writes memos. Methinks said programmer needs to go work for the gov’ment.

From Publisher’s Weekly (crashing on me):

A groundswell of outrage, concern and confusion sprang up over the weekend, largely via Twitter, in response to what authors and others believed was a decision by Amazon to remove adult titles from its sales ranking. On Sunday evening, however, an Amazon spokesperson said that a glitch had occurred in its sales ranking feature that was in the process of being fixed. The spokesperson added that there was no new adult policy.

Glad someone realized over their Easter ham and apple pie that maybe a retailer of books should concentrate on, I don’t know, selling books, and not being the moral arbiter of their customers.

Book Industry News

Barnes and Noble just bought large eBook etailer Fictionwise, for a cool 15.7 million.  The purchase also includes the website, both of which have survived and thrived since 2000.

I kinda think that’s proof that eBooks should befiguring in your writing world.  B&N already sells e-readers in their stores.

In other news, Borders just slashed 742 store managers and supervisors.