Why I won’t buy a Kindle from Amazon. They send books down the memory hole:
On Friday, it was “1984″ and another Orwell book, “Animal Farm,” that were dropped down the memory hole – by Amazon.com.
In a move that angered customers and generated waves of online pique, Amazon remotely deleted some digital editions of the books from the Kindle devices of readers who had bought them.
An Amazon spokesman, Drew Herdener, said in an e-mail message that the books were added to the Kindle store by a company that did not have rights to them, using a self-service function. “When we were notified of this by the rights holder, we removed the illegal copies from our systems and from customers’ devices, and refunded customers,” he said.
Amazon effectively acknowledged that the deletions were a bad idea. “We are changing our systems so that in the future we will not remove books from customers’ devices in these circumstances,” Mr. Herdener said.
A truly, stupendously stupid move by Amazon. This could very well be a disaster for the Kindle. As the article acknowledges, the people who bought this edition did nothing whatsoever wrong, nor was Amazon within its rights to do what they did.
I’m betting lawsuits will be forthcoming on this.
A lot of people just got an education on how easily technology can be abused, too.
We are trying to ascertain if there is any truth to the rumor that politicians are interested in publishing their campaign promises via Kindle from now on.