Friday, July 17, 2009

Amazon Deletes Purchased Orwell Books From Kindles

David Pogue reports Some E-Books Are More Equal Than Others.

"This morning, hundreds of Amazon Kindle owners awoke to discover that books by [George Orwell, including 1984 and Animal Farm] had mysteriously disappeared from their e-book readers. These were books that they had bought and paid for—thought they owned. But no, apparently the publisher changed its mind about offering an electronic edition, and apparently Amazon, whose business lives and dies by publisher happiness, caved. It electronically deleted all books by this author from people’s Kindles and credited their accounts for the price."

The Future of Reading (A Play in Six Acts) has some chilling comparison of quotes from Bezos, 1984-like stories and the Kindle license agreement.

1 comment:

Richard said...

That's part 1 of the many reasons why I will never buy a kindle.