The favorite time wasting activity of authors has long been checking on Amazon.com to see how their books are doing. It finally occurred to someone at Amazon that they were undercutting their own market; time spent watching your book go from 81,000 to 81,006 and back again is time not spent writing new books, and Amazon is in the business of selling books. So they pulled the plug. As of sometime today, Amazon book pages no longer show rankings. Just when I was waiting to see if the mention of Future Imperfect on Forbes.com was going to pull it up from 90,000 to 80,000.
Expect a literary renaissance real soon now.
[Either I somehow misread the Amazon.com page or it was only a temporary change. Future Imperfect is now at 41,542, presumably due to the Forbes.com mention. Cancel renaissance.]