Magnus Itland (itlandm) wrote,
Magnus Itland
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Please stand by while we destroy your books

Some E-Books Are More Equal Than Others (The New York Times)
In which Amazon erases e-books not only from their store and from the archive but from the Kindle e-book reader when it is online. The irony is that the books were George Orwell's 1984 and Animal Farm.

Now, from all available facts it would seem that the books should not have been sold in the first place, that they were unauthorized copies, kind of like pirate copies, although the customers would not have known this.

The problem is that we are choosing a society in which the things we have bought can be unbought without our knowledge. In which things that exist can unexist in the dark because of events we are not aware of. In which things we own can cease to exist because of the decisions of others. On an individual basis. In our own homes.
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