If youve bought an e-book from Amazon, you probably thought it was now yours.
Well, okay not quite. You knew you couldnt distribute it to other people, thanks to IP laws. But you probably thought you could at least keep it for your own use.
Guess again. If irony alert youre a fan of George Orwells 1984 or Animal Farm and bought an electronic version for Kindle, Amazons handheld reader, the book you bought has been retroactively disappeared by Amazon at the request of the publisher. (CHT Sheldon.)
Oh sure, the money you paid has been refunded. But if you thought the book was yours and you were free to turn down any offers from Amazon to buy it back welcome to 1984. (Assuming Im still allowed to use that sequence of numbers.)
Theres been some outcry, and Amazon says they wont do it again; but by their own terms of service, they already promised they wouldnt do it the first time, so their credibility is not high at this point.
The real problem here is IP laws, of course. But in the shorter term, Id really like to see Amazon get burned over this. They should be sued, their Kindle-swindle should be boycotted, and, oh yeah, someone should hack that thing.