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Has anyone else got this reply from Amazon?

Hello,

Thank you for contacting Amazon.com.

This is an embarrassing and ham-fisted cataloging error for a company that prides itself on offering complete selection.

It has been misreported that the issue was limited to Gay & Lesbian themed titles - in fact, it impacted 57,310 books in a number of broad categories such as Health, Mind & Body, Reproductive & Sexual Medicine, and Erotica. This problem impacted books not just in the United States but globally. It affected not just sales rank but also had the effect of removing the books from Amazon's main product search.

Many books have now been fixed and we're in the process of fixing the remainder as quickly as possible, and we intend to implement new measures to make this kind of accident less likely to occur in the future.

Thanks for contacting us. We hope to see you again soon.


Sincerely,

Customer Service Department
Amazon.com

Note: this e-mail was sent from a notification-only address that cannot accept incoming e-mail. Please do not reply to this message.


Meh. Still not impressed, especially since it's still an "error" that's been going on since February and they're arguing that it's not so bad, since they removed more books than just the GLBTQ ones.
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In case there's anyone who hasn't heard, Amazon.com are stripping the sales figures and rankings from books deemed "adult". This applies to erotica and romance novels, but also to books dealing with GLBTQ issues even if they're not explicit.

Smart Bitches Trashy Books have set up a googlebomb for Amazon Rank.
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No, Amazon. I'm sorry. £50 for a paperback is just not acceptable. I might pay that for a hardback copy of a childhood favourite which is out of print and which I've been tracking for years (or at least I would if I had £50), but not for a romance novel.

(Especially when in-print novels by the same author are going for £3.50, which is still less than the lowest price asked on Marketplace for the book in question. Fuck you with a red-hot poker, Amazon Marketplace.)
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FINALLY, AMAZON. I ONLY ORDERED THE BLOODY BOOKS ON 19TH MARCH.

It was reasonable, I suppose, but...*twitch*
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Amazon announced to my inbox today that it (he? she? how does one personify a website?) loves me. Thank you, Amazon, for PDA in front of ALL MY FRIENDS (and Dick Whittington, who kindly wants to pass on his recipe for a large penis).

And every man I passed in town today was carrying a single red rose. Sweet or clichéd? You decide.
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"Don't worry," Amazon.co.uk says. "We'll get your purchases to you by Christmas. Don't worry about a thing."

And you believe them, naive and trusting that you are. And so you order First Class, thinking that each day that passes brings your precious gifts closer to your hands. It'll be quick, you think. It'll be easy.

And you'll have your friends' presents wrapped and ready for the last day of term.

Or maybe I'm just paranoid. "By Christmas" means "By Christmas", of course, not "By the 20th, perhaps a little earlier".
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WTF, Amazon are selling watches now?

Also, I went to one of the Roscoe lectures in the cathedral today. Very interesting, entitled, "Is mankind's future in space?" The answer was yes, but let's face it, it was being delivered by a Professor of Astrophysics, so that was pretty much a gimme.

Of course, the first question asked after the lecture was, "So, how do you reconcile the theory of an expanding universe and space travel with God's Creation?"

*sigh*
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My shopping basket at Amazon.co.uk is £80 and rising every time I set cursor on that site. It's an affliction! An addiction! A basket full of fiction!

Revision is not going well. I can't seem to keep my mind on any of it and I keep wandering off.

I read Dorian by Will Self last night. It's an updated, cracked-out (literally) version of The Picture of Dorian Gray and it's mostly a good read.

spoilers for both Dorian and The Picture of Dorian Gray (though if you're bitching about being spoilt for Wilde, then you need a hobby) )



Another good reason to read Dorian, of course, is that hey, Will Self got paid and critically-acclaimed for writing fanfic. Gives the rest of us hope, yes?

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Bloody Amazon says my order - which I made on the SECOND OF JANUARY - will be delayed for another 1-2 weeks.

I was looking forward to having those books over half-term, too.

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