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- Oh good grief. I was thinking of sitting this one out, but you talked me into it, Erica. These clowns are over the line. I'll dash off an email in a bit.
--- In Yuricon@yahoogroups.com, Erica Friedman <alecto_fury@...> wrote:
> > To: Yuricon@yahoogroups.com
> > From: thirohk@...
> > Date: Mon, 13 Apr 2009 19:29:22 +0000
> > Subject: [Yuricon] Re: [OT] Amazon de-ranks "adult" and many LBGT books
> > At the risk of getting flayed alive, how much influence does Amazon's ranking system really have? Not that I don't agree with you about the inverted comma glitch inverted comma, but I do wonder just what the real effect of this ranking is. I mean, it's used in crowing, and that seems to be about it.
> It's not the rank that's the problem, its what being de-ranked does to a book.
> Once a book is taken off the ranking system, it virtually disappears from the *search engine*. You can look for a book by author name, topic or title and you will not be able to find it. Only if you search by ISBN or have a direct link to the book in question. Which is why the Yuricon Shop links all still work, even for Maka-Maka , which has been de-ranked.
> The books are still there...they have been made virtually invisible. The de-ranking also means that if a LGBT book makes the bestsellers list, no one who does not have a direct link will ever know.
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