Friday, July 17, 2009

How Very, umm, Orwellian

Book publishers simply shouldn't be allowed to do things like this:
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.

The MobileReference edition of the novel, “Nineteen Eighty-four,” by George Orwell that was deleted from Kindle e-book readers by
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.
As Pogue quotes one of his readers as saying this is like the bookstore you bought the book from coming into your house while you're not home, taking the books you bought and leaving a check behind. It's robbery.

And don't get me started on the sorry state of copyright laws in this country. Orwell's works should have entered the public domain some time ago.

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