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Old 07-18-2009, 09:45 AM
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Claiming that George Orwell's cautionary tale of Big Brother wasn't actually authorized for download, Amazon has abruptly removed 1984 from the Kindles of readers who had earlier purchased them. Kindles are electronic reading devices used for ebooks downloaded through Amazon. Readers received a refund for the ebook and were notified of the removal by email.

But some customers discovered the deletion when they noticed that the title was missing from their Kindle's home page, concluding that the ebook had been automatically removed when they had earlier used Amazon's download service.

In a statement, Amazon said that it's working on a way to avoid removing ebooks in such circumstances.

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http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/07...4_from_kindle/

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Old 07-18-2009, 09:54 AM
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Which is why I always buy paper books!
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Which is why I always buy paper books!
Yeah, that's a good reason for them, isn't it?
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Old 07-18-2009, 09:59 AM
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It does solve the problem of third party mistakes!

Although I also liked the little side article about Apple and PC's advertising campaigns.
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What's strange is that 1984 was the title which was deleted. And that was a prime premise of the story. Delete, or alter the history which was so that you can control perceptions which allows you to control thought and actions.
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It does solve the problem of third party mistakes!

Although I also liked the little side article about Apple and PC's advertising campaigns.
It's disconcerting that what you seem to own isn't what you really own.

DVD advertisements say, "Own this movie now!' when in fact what you buy with your $19.95 is just the right to possess a copy for private exhibition. Everyone knows that you don't literally own the movie.

It's a little different when you download an ebook because we're used to identifying a physical book with its content. But, here, too, your "ownership" is just a license to have it on your device and read it.

Similarly, the reality of book ownership is that you cannot reproduce it, outside of fair use, unless the copyright has expired. Ebook purchases are even less "ownership"-like because your right to merely possess the content, not just reproduce it, can be taken away at any time, especially if you use the Kindle or, potentially, other ebook devices.

With physical books, the content cannot be repossessed regardless of what the publisher wants, because the book itself cannot be repossessed (assuming that it's been fully paid for).

I think that some creative hacker must be working on a way to either retrieve the content that's been removed, if it's still stored, or possibly to prevent Amazon from repossessing its ebooks in the first place. But that would be quite wrong and it would very probably screw up your Kindle.

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Old 07-18-2009, 10:20 AM
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I guess it is easy to forget that when we buy that DVD or book in a store that while it's 'ours' it's just ours on copyright license.

And for the most part once you've bought it it's not like the retailer or studio then comes back and says 'we want it back'.
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*shivers* Scary is an understatement. I find it absolutely revolting that Amazon has built into its devices the power to remove content. This solidifies my opinion on not buying one. I am currently reading a good book - a REALone, and I want it to stay that way. I refuse to put some silly PADD into my hands and claim I'm reading a book.
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I have been interested in ebook-reader technology some months ago, and what I read about the Amazon Kindle was similar to this story. Better wait some years until the electronic ink technology is a bit further developed, cheaper and a Chinese company (which does not want to sell ebooks at the same time) produces decent readers that can read many formats.
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Claiming that George Orwell's cautionary tale of Big Brother wasn't actually authorized for download, Amazon has abruptly removed 1984 from the Kindles of readers who had earlier purchased them.
How ironic, considering the content of the book.

You'd hate to be halfway through, huh!
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