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July 19, 2009

Turns out not all Kindle owners had their Orwell books deleted


The penny just dropped.

Yes, Amazon deleted "1984" and "Animal Farm" Friday.

But the Kindle only works in areas of the U.S. covered by Amazon's Whispernet.

So Amazon couldn't have deleted those two books from Kindles which at the time of the deletion were outside those coverage areas, including every other country in the world.

I wonder if when those owners reenter a Kindle coverage zone the books will be deleted or if it was a one-time signal, apparently not to be repeated ever again, according to Brad Stone's story in yesterday's New York Times.

Wrote Stone, "Amazon effectively acknowledged that the deletions were a bad idea. 'We are changing our systems so that in the future we will not remove books from customers’ devices in these circumstances,' Mr. Herdener [an Amazon spokesman] said.

July 19, 2009 at 04:01 PM | Permalink


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I don't plan on giving Amazon a chance to prove that they've learned their lesson on this one.

Posted by: Andrew | Jul 19, 2009 9:31:55 PM

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