Hmm, went to bed and ended up missing all that drama. Amazon claimed it was a technical glitch but alas, that doesn't stop folks from branding the whole mess, most originally, AmazonFail. (Aside: is "fail" the new "gate"?)
I don't have anything more to add but I have to wonder: why would a business do such a thing, restrict its customers from buying stuff? Amazon is a business, not a lifestyle advocate or a religious establishment, and given that it has no qualms selling adult films and sex toys, why now remove books considered adult? Given that some of the books de-ranked are by bestselling authors, really, this move doesn't make sense. (And no, I don't buy the technical glitch excuse.)
Did Jeff Bezos discover a fundamentalist, intolerant, and rigid type of religion recently that caused Amazon to initiate such move?
Given how Amazon easily caved to the Authors Guild with regards to the ridiculous read-aloud feature on Kindle, did some fundamentalist body protested to Amazon when their kids started buying MM fiction and Amazon caved?
I'm trying to understand why any business, especially one like Amazon, will pull such a stupid counter-productive move like this? If I were Amazon, you bet I'd be stocking and highlighting books that sell, even if such books feature stuff that may offend some vocal portion of society, because let's face it, if we're in the business of selling things, we give the customers what they want. And if they want naughty books, heck, what's the problem here?
Has Amazon pulled anything like this in the past?