Perhaps I should have titled this blog “Censorship, Take 2.” Or “Take 999,” since it does seem to be going on forever.
I was already aware as an LGBT author that when readers do a search, Amazon filters out a number of terms related to non-het orientations, making it difficult if not impossible for readers to find many of those books using search terms unless they already have a specific title or author. But I did not know (and am indebted to Marlene Sexton’s recent BLOG) that it also does so with many terms related to erotica, straight or otherwise.
So, here are the marching orders:
Marching Order #1: Go read Marlene’s post for complete details. It’s not just Amazon, it’s Barnes & Noble, too.
Marching Order #2: As she suggests, write a letter to Amazon and B&N protesting their policies and suggesting how they could solve the problem.
Here’s the biggie – Marching Order #3: Buy those hot spicy books at Smashwords, which does not censor or filter your search results unless you ask it to.
Well, it’s not exactly like we can organize a march through cyberspace, but we can, at least, vote with our dollars and make our voices heard.
P.S. ~ of course I’d love it if you buy some of my books while you’re there – you can find our hottest series, Swinging Games, HERE