Kindle News

Kindle is a wireless reading device sold by Amazon.   You purchase books and/or newspapers and those books are transmitted to the device.  This way you can have numerous books in one place and only carry one device with you.

People seemed happy with this arrangement until:

“In a move that angered customers and generated waves of online pique, Amazon remotely deleted some digital editions of the books from the Kindle devices of readers who had bought them.

An Amazon spokesman, Drew Herdener, said in an e-mail message that the books were added to the Kindle store by a company that did not have rights to them, using a self-service function. “When we were notified of this by the rights holder, we removed the illegal copies from our systems and from customers’ devices, and refunded customers,” he said.

“I never imagined that Amazon actually had the right, the authority or even the ability to delete something that I had already purchased.”

Amazon did say it was a bad idea to just delete the books from Kindle and they say it won’t happen again.  But the fact that they have the power to make any book purchased for the Kindle disappear is disturbing.  And how long will it be before other books disappear?  All Amazon has to do is say that those books were also violations of copyright…who will have the time to check to see if that is the case?


3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Mrs. C
    Jul 20, 2009 @ 05:40:23


    These books did not exist. You must be remembering wrong!

    Though, it would be a cool idea if we could do that for libraries. Download something from Kindle and there it is on our device for 14 days. Saves lots of space on the shelves that way. :]


  2. abrianna
    Jul 20, 2009 @ 15:09:31

    LOL Mrs. C!

    You have a Kindle? Or some other reading device?
    Doubt I will be getting one…one more thing to break, lose track of…and of course have the Amazon company delete stuff off of it.


  3. Mrs. C
    Jul 22, 2009 @ 13:25:12

    No, I don’t have one. I could imagine how kewl it would be for homeschool, though. :]


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