Some E-Books Are More Equal Than Others

Friday, July 17th, 2009

Some e-books are more equal than others, David Pogue explains, in a story that had me checking the date to confirm that it’s not April 1:

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.

The “juicy, plump, dripping irony”:

The author who was the victim of this Big Brotherish plot was none other than George Orwell. And the books were “1984” and “Animal Farm.”

That makes it sound like a marketing gimmick.

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