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Amazon provides yet another reason why you shouldn't buy a kindle and why the old-fashioned paper books are far superior to their e-brethren. From the David Pogue's 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.

This is ugly for all kinds of reasons. Amazon says that this sort of thing is “rare,” but that it can happen at all is unsettling; we’ve been taught to believe that e-books are, you know, just like books, only better. Already, we’ve learned that they’re not really like books, in that once we’re finished reading them, we can’t resell or even donate them. But now we learn that all sales may not even be final.

For the ultimate in irony, the book in question is George Orwell's 1984.

I will remain very happy with my very large collection of books printed on dead-tree matter, than you very much.


Jul. 18th, 2009 02:42 pm (UTC)
Add that to the list of reasons why I'll always prefer the dead-tree matter form myself. The visceral experience of curling up with a good book, the feel of the paper, the smell of the ink... it can't be duplicated with technology.

That and I don't really like the thought that with an e-book, someone somewhere is keeping track of what I'm reading and when. Not that I'm paranoid or anything, but it is information that can be tracked.
Jul. 18th, 2009 05:26 pm (UTC)
I don't really like the thought that with an e-book, someone somewhere is keeping track of what I'm reading and when.

That's indeed eyebrow-raising. If the "book" were on my computer rather than on a Kindle, and Amazon went onto my hard drive and erased it, I'd be livid.
Jul. 20th, 2009 02:30 pm (UTC)
Like I said, the whole "delete at will" is just another reason that I don't like Kindle or e-books. I'm with you completely on the visceral experience.

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