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Amazon having another conniption?

...whoah. Just went to check Amazon links from the Basic SF Library page, and discovered a FREAKY thing: NO BOOKS AT ALL are available on Amazon.

Aroo? Is this yet another freak-out by Amazon against publishers everywhere?

Anyone know more?

Chris

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j_cheney
Jun. 29th, 2010 08:05 pm (UTC)
Just talking about that. It's pretty widespread through their system, so I suspect a glitch...
mckitterick
Jun. 29th, 2010 08:08 pm (UTC)
...like the "glitch" that - during last winter's crusade against porn - removed all gay-related books, including scholarly works, because of "a coding error"?

*suspects more Amazon evil*
rose_lemberg
Jun. 29th, 2010 08:11 pm (UTC)
Amazon is evil, but...
...they wouldn't remove Kindles.
mckitterick
Jun. 29th, 2010 08:12 pm (UTC)
Re: Amazon is evil, but...
Whoah! Now -that's- news.

Starting to suspect a hack....
rose_lemberg
Jun. 29th, 2010 08:15 pm (UTC)
Re: Amazon is evil, but...
Looks like a hack to me. An evolving hack. When I searched for Jim's book, other things were still available.

I can't find any news on this - can you?
mckitterick
Jun. 29th, 2010 08:17 pm (UTC)
Re: Amazon is evil, but...
Yup, this must be evolving just as we speak!
j_cheney
Jun. 29th, 2010 08:12 pm (UTC)
Actually, I suspect it's hacker problems...I can't buy Sweet Potato Pancake Mix either...so it's all over their store.
mckitterick
Jun. 29th, 2010 08:18 pm (UTC)
If Amazon hadn't been behaving so evil lately, this would upset me. Now it just makes me smile.
j_cheney
Jun. 29th, 2010 08:24 pm (UTC)
;o)
kimberlywade
Jun. 29th, 2010 10:56 pm (UTC)
These are the best sweet potato waffles ever: http://spiceislandvegan.blogspot.com/2006/10/vegan-sweet-potatoyam-waffle-with.html

I assume you could use the batter for pancakes, too. :)
rose_lemberg
Jun. 29th, 2010 11:19 pm (UTC)
This looks delicious. I wonder how it can be converted to gluten-free...
kimberlywade
Jun. 29th, 2010 11:43 pm (UTC)
I think you can substitute barley flour for the wheat one to one. You may have to play around with it a little. Good luck :).
rose_lemberg
Jun. 29th, 2010 11:45 pm (UTC)
Alas, barley also has gluten. I'll try some mixes with a bit of xanthan gum... They do sound delicious and we all love sweet potatoes.
kimberlywade
Jun. 29th, 2010 11:46 pm (UTC)
Oops, sorry about that. I hope you find something that works. They're worth it!
mckitterick
Jun. 30th, 2010 02:48 am (UTC)
Mmmmm....
kimberlywade
Jun. 30th, 2010 04:14 am (UTC)
Oh, that picture is so cute! What is it -- fox kit?
mckitterick
Jun. 30th, 2010 04:16 am (UTC)
Yup! This was from a local news story about foxes living near the University of Kansas. Their den was probably only a few blocks from my house! I'd see the adolescents late at night, walking the streets.
kimberlywade
Jun. 30th, 2010 04:22 am (UTC)
Lucky you!
j_cheney
Jun. 30th, 2010 01:48 pm (UTC)
Yummy!
clevermanka
Jun. 29th, 2010 08:08 pm (UTC)
Irate publishers must've hired some hackers. Couldn't have happened to a better bunch of folks! You should Google "I hate Amazon" sometime. Enlightening reading.
mckitterick
Jun. 29th, 2010 08:13 pm (UTC)
See Aaron's comment above. I bet you're right about hackers (even if the publishers didn't hire 'em).
clevermanka
Jun. 29th, 2010 08:16 pm (UTC)
Mmmm. I love the smell of angry corporate douche-hats.
roseconnelly
Jun. 29th, 2010 10:10 pm (UTC)
Hmmm...the only thing odd about the hacker theory is that it is very rare for hackers to take down a site like this and not let themselves be known. It would be an odd DOS attack since somethings that would be database calls are still working and somethings are not. And some pages aren't working at all.

mckitterick
Jun. 30th, 2010 02:48 am (UTC)
They're covering up something, it seems....
geekmom
Jun. 29th, 2010 09:41 pm (UTC)
I'm going with system glitch. Or hackers, but system glitches are easier to produce. Amazon's official word:

“We are currently experiencing an issue that is impacting customers’ ability to place orders on the Amazon.com website,” the company said on a forum for sellers. “We are working to correct the issue and will continue to provide updates until service has been restored.”
mckitterick
Jun. 30th, 2010 02:49 am (UTC)
Suspicious....
kimberlywade
Jun. 29th, 2010 10:52 pm (UTC)
It's too bad that they own such a huge market share that we're dependent upon them to sell our books, particulary if you're with a small press and can't get shelf space in the big chains. Shucks.
mckitterick
Jun. 30th, 2010 02:49 am (UTC)
No kidding!
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mckitterick
Jun. 30th, 2010 02:49 am (UTC)
That sounds likely.
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