Amazon zaps purchased copies of Orwell’s 1984 and Animal Farm from Kindles – Boing Boing

Amazon zaps purchased copies of Orwell’s 1984 and Animal Farm from Kindles – Boing Boing

People who bought Orwell’s 1984 and Animal Farm for their Kindle were surprised to discover that it had disappeared from their devices overnight. It turns out the publisher changed its mind about offering an electronic version, and Amazon caved into their demand to sneak into people’s electronic libraries and take back the book at the publisher’s request.

Yep, DRM is (NOT) good for everybody… šŸ˜¦ I’m really hoping that this makes it to the major networks and helps Amazon’s stock take a much deserved dive.

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2 Responses to “Amazon zaps purchased copies of Orwell’s 1984 and Animal Farm from Kindles – Boing Boing”

  1. Steve Goodwin Says:

    Haul out the “Irony” tag–1984 gets pulled due to DRM.

    I couldn’t have done better if I had scripted it….or if Orwell had….

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  2. Steve Says:

    Actually, Amazon may have done the right thing. The supplier of the e-book did not have the right to distribute it, and when that fact was discovered (apparently they had UK rights but not USA rights), Amazon refunded the money and zapped the books. Of course, they didn’t notify the people the way they should have, but they apparently were following copyright law.

    Disclaimer–I am not a fan of Amazon, and I think the DRM on the Kindle is MORE than enough reason to NOT buy it. But if what I have read about the situation is accurate, then it’s hard to fault Amazon for correcting a mistake that happened without their knowledge. They should have sent out notifications to everyone (and if they can cancel the books, they can notify the folks too, I’m sure) which apparently they didn’t do, but maybe they can organize their kaka better in the future. One hopes…

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