Amazon.com has enjoyed its share of backlash from gays thanks to the sudden classification of queer books as porn and the apparent (temporary) de-listing of GLBT titles from search listings. Now, a new cause for concern: The company’s much-hyped Kindle doesn’t have its own gay section for book buyers.
An astute reader asks Queerty, “Did you know that there is no Gay & Lesbian category on the Kindle bookstore page of Amazon?” Actually, no, we didn’t! And we’ve bought books on there before. (We’re in the middle of Sag Harbor.)
But it turns out to be true.
Amazon breaks down its print-version books by categories like Arts & Photography, Health, Mind & Body, Parenting & Families, and Science Fiction & Fantasy. Also among those categories? Gay & Lesbian.
But hop on over to the Kindle storefront and you’ll find listings by Arts & Entertainment, Parenting & Families, Religion & Spirituality, and Science Fiction. Not making the list? Gay & Lesbian.
To be sure, not every book is available on Kindle, which also means many gay books aren’t downloadable. But surely, some gay books must be available for purchase?
Indeed. And that includes books like Heather Has Two Mommies, The Well of Loneliness, and Running With Scissors — all books that were affected by the “these gay books are porn” scandal. And yet, no special section on Amazon.com is devoted to gay and lesbian tomes for the Kindle. (Though there appears to be one on the device’s bookstore.)
All the more surprising, since as we know, gays love their technology.
Whew, overreacting is fun!