Wow, it looks like Amazon.com really stepped in it today - and made an even bigger mess when it tried to scrape it off the bottom of its shoes. I'm not one who generally believes in conspiracy theories or cover-ups, but something does seem to smell about the massive de-ranking Amazon did of "adult books," many, if not most, of which fall under the "gay and lesbian" banner. Amazon is claiming this was all part of some kind of super systems glitch and that rankings for the pulled books are being restored as we speak. Some are buying the excuse - most, though, don't seem ready to let Amazon off the hook that easily.
The best recap of the situation I've seen anywhere comes from Jezebel.com. Check this out; it is fascinating regardless of how this all happened, and I have to wonder how this blunder will affect Amazon book sales - at least in the short term.
This will make a great MBA case study some day.