Told you so. Six months ago Stephanie at UrbZen pointed out the downside of the web-based Kindle digital book reader, the ability of the content provider to alter the text without warning or reader agreement. Her concerns were echoed by Nicholas Carr.
Amazon decided to demonstrate this principle by making digital copies of George Orwell’s 1984 disappear from devices after readers had paid for and downloaded them. Could any book be more appropriate? Here’s some initial coverage:
“Orwellian Amazon kindles Big Brother fears,” Sydney Morning Herald
“Amazon’s Orwellian Instincts,” Faster Times
“Amazon Apologizes For Its ‘Big Brother’ Move on Kindle,” Switched.com
“Why did Big Brother remove paid-for content from Amazon’s Kindles?” The Guardian