All Geek to Me

July 17, 2009

Ignorance is Strength

Filed under: Geek Stuff — britinla @ 10:19 pm

Books should consist of pages made from paper. Even though I am a geek of the highest order, I have not bought nor considered the purchase of Kindle,  Amazon’s electronic book reader. Since I enjoy reading books in the bath, an expensive piece of electronics that would not do well vanishing into the bubbles does not seem a good idea. Today comes an even more persuasive reason for avoiding this device. Amazon, at the publishers behest, removed purchased copies of two books from Kindles across the US. They did credit the victims of this theft, but I would not be happy if Barnes and Nobles took the book I was reading from my bedside table and left a few crumpled notes in exchange. The problem is that that you do not purchase Kindle books, you merely lease them at the whim of the publisher. The final irony in this tale is that the books removed as if they had never existed were Orwell’s Animal Farm and 1984. These books can be purchased from all good bookstores and from Amazon.

[New York Times]

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