Friday, July 17, 2009

Amazon Kindle - Big Brother?

I've recently contemplated buying the Amazon Kindle. E-books are cheaper, easier to store, etc. Amazon's actions today, however, make me very hesitant. From a New York Times blog:

This morning, hundreds of Amazon Kindle owners awoke to discover that books by a certain famous author 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.

Wow, I think I'll keep buying hard copies. At least I know where they'll be when I wake up. Plus I can sell them when I'm done or lend them to a friend. The most ironic part of Amazon's move? The books they deleted:

The author who was the victim of this Big Brotherish plot was none other than George Orwell. And the books were “1984” and “Animal Farm.”

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