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Old 07-17-2009, 06:54 PM  
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Amazon Remotely Deletes Purchased Copies of 1984 & Animal Farm From 1000s of Kindles



Amazon basically guaranteed that I'll never buy a Kindle last night by bending to the wishes of a publisher and deleting every single legitimately-purchased copy of 1984 and Animal Farm from all Kindles remotely. Ridiculous.

Apparently, the publisher changed its mind about having electronic versions of Orwell's books. So Amazon removed them from the store and in the process remotely deleted the books from the Kindles of anyone who bought them, depositing a refund in their account in the process.

If there's a better argument for dead-tree books and against the Kindle, I'd like to know what it is. If you can't be sure that you own something after you pay for it, what's the point? How many people were halfway through these books that they paid for and now are shit out of luck?

Amazon says this is a "rarity," but even once is too many times for bullshit like this to happen. Once I buy a book from Barnes & Noble, I never have to worry about them breaking into my house and taking it back, leaving me a pile of singles on my nightstand.

And of course the fact that this happened to 1984, of all books, makes this even more surreal. [NY Times via Boing Boing]
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Old 07-17-2009, 06:54 PM   #2
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This has enough IRONY to choke a horse.
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Old 07-17-2009, 07:33 PM   #3
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I still love my kindle even though I have major reservations about the process of digital rights management and situations like this. I hope consumer activism will shape this into something great. The demand for a standard format is already getting notice (not fast enough, I know) but I like to be optimistic.

I use it for more than downloading books too. I am in a writing group and we can email pdfs to each other's kindles and we come better prepared for our rare in person meetings. The pdfs don't read as easy as the ebooks, but it is good enough.

There is plenty to recommend even with the major issues of digital rights and unit price. I think with a better unit price, more customers will add more pressure and then we will really see some progress.

That being said, they should send complimentary print editions to every customer that bought the ebook in addition to the refund.
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Old 07-17-2009, 08:23 PM   #4
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Old 07-17-2009, 08:26 PM   #5
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How many people were halfway through these books that they paid for and now are shit out of luck?
Ummm, they could take the money they were refunded and go buy a regular copy of the book.
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Old 07-17-2009, 08:28 PM   #6
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Amazing. You have to wonder if this wasn't some kind of publicity stunt by the publisher.

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Old 07-17-2009, 10:31 PM   #7
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That is messed up. They shouldn't have deleted them from people that already bought them. I mean, WTF? You already paid for it.

And 1984 of all books. Irony at its best.
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Heh, I must of still been living in a cave when it came out. I had no fricken clue about it.
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Heh, I must of still been living in a cave when it came out. I had no fricken clue about it.
Me too. I still buy the books that you put on a literal bookshelf.
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I have a 37". Mine's bigger than yours.
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