It seems those nice folks over at Amazon.com have made a teensy snafu. Or maybe the censorious bastards did it on purpose. Either way, over the weekend the sales rankings were removed from hundreds of books with 'adult' content. Also, even more chillingly, searching Amazon for these titles yielded no result. This included erotic fiction, but also non-erotic books with homosexual themes. Even non-fiction. Tellingly, what books were left in the gay/lesbian category were the sort that advocate a 'cure' for homosexuality.
It's been all over Twitter, (so I'm told: I still don't really understand Twitter and even the name annoys me). The blogosphere has gone mad. I'm still catching up on it, but I can tell you this: that despite promises that the 'glitch' has been fixed, if you search Amazon.com for 'Cat Marsters', you only get one of my books (plus some random thing about slavery--not mine). I have four under that name--one novel, one single-author anthology, and two multi-author anthologies. They're all firmly in the erotic romance category, and the multi-author books have gay/lesbian stories in them.
A glitch? Or censorship? Given how bloody irritated I've been with Amazon recently over their Kindle nonsense, I'm not inclined to give them the benefit of the doubt.
ETA: As Jan pointed out, Amazon.co.uk don't seem to have succumbed. But Amazon.com is definitely still wonky. The stupid thing is, if you were to find my one remaining ranked book and click on that, then on the next page click on my name, you'd get all my books. Is crazy.