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.
I recognise that there’s some tension between the hacking and boycotting options ….
Seems like creating alternative sources of the same product would make the boycott of a single producer much easier.
True, but alternative softwares for the same boycotted hardware are less useful ….
You can do both:
1. boycott – stop buying from Amazon.
2. hack – make sure what you will be able to use what you’ve already bought no matter what Amazon does
This is why I should just get a PDF reader. There are more good books in PDF than Amazon has, anyways. Good luck finding Francis Lorimer there.
Forgive me for being naive but the Kindle has been out quite a while now, wouldn’t some russian haxorz have solved it by now?
I was already not buying anything from Amazon after they semi-disappeared books on LGBT topics a few months back. Does that make me ahead of the game?
Sure, but in that case Bertrand Russell has you beat, boycott-wise.
Well, I can’t find this Russell fellow on Twitter anywhere, so.