This is Amazon’s response to me and everyone else that sent an email to them –
Thank you for contacting Amazon.com.
This is an embarrassing and ham-fisted cataloging error for a company that prides itself on offering complete selection.
It has been misreported that the issue was limited to Gay & Lesbian themed titles – in fact, it impacted 57,310 books in a number of broad categories such as Health, Mind & Body, Reproductive & Sexual Medicine, and Erotica. This problem impacted books not just in the United States but globally. It affected not just sales rank but also had the effect of removing the books from Amazon’s main product search.
Many books have now been fixed and we’re in the process of fixing the remainder as quickly as possible, and we intend to implement new measures to make this kind of accident less likely to occur in the future.
Thanks for contacting us. We hope to see you again soon.
Customer Service Department
Amazon has decided to exclude “adult material” from some searches and best sellers lists. Adult material referring to books in the GLBT (gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender) and erotic categories. Amazon has stripped these books of their sales ranking AND if you search for the title of the book on the front page, it won’t come up. For example, The Ghost Wore Yellow Socks by Josh Lanyon. It is a m/m romance mystery book. If I search for that title on Amazon’s main page, it doesn’t come up. It will come up if you go to the book page and perform a search.
This post at Dear Author sums it up very well. Plus you can follow on Twitter at #amazonfail.