Tuesday, November 21, 2017

It’s 1984 and Big Brother is Watching you from your Kindle!



Back in July 2009, it was like a prophetic 1984 happening, but for real. In George Orwells book “1984, the government censors all negative or embarrassing news about them and sends it down the “memory hole”. Well when Orwell’s publishers pulled the books “1984″ and “Animal Farm”, Amazon pulled the books from it’s cyber shelves and made it disappear from everyone’s Kindle.

In an explaination by Amazon spokesman, Drew Herdener, said 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.

When asked about the deletions form the customers Kindles, and it being a bad idea Herdener said ““We are changing our systems so that in the future we will not remove books from customers’ devices in these circumstances.”

Amazon uses a wireless network to deliver the digital books bought for the Kindle, uses that network to synchronize electronic books between devices and can make them vanish as well. Scary? Yes. Charles Slater, an executive with a sheet-music retailer in Philadelphia, bought the digital edition of “1984” for 99 cents and said “Of all the books to recall, I never imagined that Amazon actually had the right, the authority or even the ability to delete something that I had already purchased.”

Amazon’s terms of service agreement for Kindle doesn’t appear to give the company the right to delete purchases after they have been made. It says Amazon grants customers the right to keep a “permanent copy of the applicable digital content.”

Justin Gawronski, a 17-year-old from the Detroit area, was reading “1984” on his Kindle for an assignment and when the file vanished lost all his notes and annotations, setting him back in his assignment. “They didn’t just take a book back, they stole my work,” he said.

Other books that have “Vanished into thin air” are Harry Potter and works by Ayn Rand. Amazon.Com the big book company is quickly becoming Big Brother, or is it? If you haven’t read “1984″ you owe it to yourself to read it.

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