Not long ago at Amazon a number of gay and lesbian books had sales ranking information removed from the online catalog that also caused a bit of uproar. Amazon said it was a “glitch,” and quickly corrected it.
Here is what Jeff Bezos, Founder and CEO has posted at his Amazon Kindle Store:
“This is an apology for the way we previously handled illegally sold copies of 1984 and other novels on Kindle. Our "solution" to the problem was stupid, thoughtless, and painfully out of line with our principles. It is wholly self-inflicted, and we deserve the criticism we've received. We will use the scar tissue from this painful mistake to help make better decisions going forward, ones that match our mission.”
“With deep apology to our customers,
Founder & CEO
But hey, I buy most all my books (and other things) at Amazon and have for many years now even though some of Amazon’s actions have not always made authors happy. But I like Jeff Bezos. I love his humor. He always makes me laugh when I see him interviewed, and I really do admire what he has done with his company. He is such a visionary. He proved you didn’t need bricks and mortar to build a gigantic bookstore. It’s amazing what people can do starting out in their bedrooms or their garages.