Display on books Amazon does not want you to read would be fun
Posted April 28, 2009on:
I am always looking for new ideas for library displays. I do use some holiday observances as basis for displays. For instance, this April we did activities around National Poetry Month as well as National Sexual Assault Awareness Month. But once in a while I like things that are different. The whole brouhaha over Amazon's "glitch" that excluded a bunch of LGBT titles made for a lot conversation in Twitter and the blogs. Notice I put the "glitch" in parenthesis because I do wonder how much of it was an honest mistake and how much of it was a case of "let's see if we can get away with something and no one notices." But the whole thing has been pretty much rehashed just about everywhere. Here are some links to give a sampling of the mess:
- An Amazon statement from the PR people. Via LISNews.
- NPR says Amazon will fix the problem.
- Shelf Awareness reporting on Amazon's deranking of books. They provide specific book titles, and this inspired the idea of a book display for me.
- The New York Times chimed on the error.
- Even the comic strip Shelf Check took a crack at the Amazon fiasco. I am printing that one for my office door.
Anyhow, I was thinking a small educational display, where we could explain what the issues were as well as include some books on LGBT topics, would be a good idea. If we had a book or two about Amazon as well (like a few on this list. By the way, finding books about Amazon itself on Amazon is not as easy as it sounds).
So, what are some of the titles that Amazon was failing to find? Here is a small list, which I could use to make the display:
- Running with Scissors by Augusten Burroughs
- Rubyfruit Jungle by Rita Mae Brown
- Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel
- Little Birds: Erotica by Anais Nin
- The Diving Bell and the Butterfly by Jean-Dominque Bauby
- Maurice by E.M. Forster
- Becoming a Man by Paul Monette
Anyhow, just another idea for later. What I am really interested in is the display idea. The issue itself, while important, is not something I want to dwell on, even though as a librarian I should think about the implications of the monopolistic juggernaut that Amazon is building. But things like that often get beaten to a pulp by the more prominent bloggers, both in and out of my profession, so we shall move on for now.