SHOCK: Is Was Amazon.com Once Again Censoring Gay Books?


After gay-themed books started disappearing from search queries and began losing their sales rank status in April, Amazon.com quickly blamed the event on a technological glitch. We weren’t exactly buying their story, but the giant book shop insisted they weren’t trying to hide gay lit and that it wasn’t an instance of homophobia. Fine. Situation resolved, right? Not quite.

A Queerty reader shopping around Amazon for a few queer titles discovered the problem appears to have resurfaced. Try searching on Amazon.com for Kirk Read’s How I Learned to Snap: A Small Town Coming-Out and Coming-of-Age Story. You won’t find it.

Sure, the title can be found through Google or Yahoo. But the only way to find the book on Amazon is to first navigate to its Gay & Lesbian section, and then search.

The same is true for Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City. But is this really a return to April’s scandal?


It might be. Last month, Amazon began hiding, among other books, Michelangelo Signorile’s Outing Yourself: How to Come Out as Lesbian or Gay to Your Family, Friends, and Coworkers. Guess what? Once again, you can’t find it via search. And Mark Probst, who originally spotted the absence of his own The Filly, will once again be unable to find his own book (though if you begin typing the book’s title into Amazon’s search bar, it auto-completes the query).

What technical error will they blame this one on?

UPDATE: Queerty readers report site-wide problems with Amazon’s search, though Amazon’s official blog is silent on the matter.

UPDATE 2: Gay books are back. Amazon.com’s main search engine appears to be working properly again. Still no official word from the company.