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Fahrenheit 3002

Posted by Charles II on July 17, 2009

Via Josh Marshall, David Pogue NYT:

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.

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.

2 Responses to “Fahrenheit 3002”

  1. Stormcrow said

    One three-letter acronym you should think about very carefully before buying into Kindle, or any similar service:

    DRM.

  2. This is yet another reason why DRM removal software is so popular. (And also why you should backup your books to a storage device that doesn’t “phone home” so you can reload them back onto the Kindle should they be zapped. And also why you should keep the “phone home” device turned off on the Kindle except for when you actually need to use it.)

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