With all apologies to my co-editor Brian for pushing his piece on eBook pricing further down the site, this article in today's Pogue's Posts from the New York Times just couldn't go by without a spotlight put on it. David Pogue's short article shows that ebooks aren't "exactly, you know, just like real books, only better" which is what all of us doubters have been told time and time again when we dared to question the usefulness and importance of this new technology. Apparently, Amazon.com took back copies of 1984 and Animal Farm from people and removed them from their Kindles with nary a word to those who had purchased the ebook because the publisher of the electronic edition changed their mind and didn't want an electronic edition.
Aside from the obvious bullshit going on here, it does feel curiously like Big Brother, no? In Newspeak let's call this Amazon.com action, um, "negpurch" for negative purchase...yeah, that should do it.
Me? I'm just gonna peruse my Signet Classic edition of 1984, located conveniently right next to me on my bookshelf.
The Kindle stinks.