John Sinclair might not be a name that all too many folks know off the top of their heads - some might think it sounds familiar. And really the reason most might sight for ever having heard the name is the resultant effect of John Lennon writing a little ditty about the guy. But even before Sinclair got shipped off to a Michigan state prison, he was inextricably linked to the radical culture in Detroit and Ann Arbor.
Seattle PI blogger Andrea James has posted an update, in which she quotes Amazon spokesperson Drew Herdener:
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.
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In consideration of our entire customer base, we exclude "adult" material from appearing in some searches and best seller lists. Since these lists are generated using sales ranks, adult materials must also be excluded from that feature. Hence, if you have further questions, kindly write back to us.
Researchers at the University of Sussex, in England, have discovered the reading is one of the best, and perhaps the best way, for the average person to relax. As little as six minutes spent reading something enjoyable (the definition of "enjoyable" in this context is entirely dependent on individual taste) can be enough to reduce the reader's stress level by as much as two thirds—even more, for some readers.
In fact, the Sussex research shows that a few minutes spent reading provides more effective and rapid relaxation that listening to music, a cup of tea, or even going for a walk. Volunteers were tested by first having them partcipate in a variety of tests and activities designed to raise stress levels.