Amazon's ill-considered game of chicken with Macmillan last weekend continues to backfire for the bookseller; now the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America have gotten involved, delinking Amazon for "hurting authors."
Science-fiction books from Tor are back for sale on Amazon.com, after a few days when the online bookseller tried to pull all titles from Tor's parent company, Macmillan. At issue: how much Amazon can fix prices for e-book editions.
An Amazon employee tells the Seattle PI that the glitch—not hacker—which de-listed LGBT books en masse as adult content was caused by a French employee who "filled out a form incorrectly," branded over 50,000 items as "adult." An Amazon spokesman wouldn't confirm the account to the PI. Their initial glitch explanation…
Online books retailer Amazon.com erased untold numbers of books with mature or queer themes from its site, apparently in a drive to remove "adult" material. And some science-fiction authors were hit hard.