Amazon un-publishes 1984 and Animal Farm from the Kindle

That's right. Those who bought those books now don't have them, as they have been deleted from their Kindles, their accounts credited for the price they paid.

So Amazon, via the Kindle, can take away books you have paid for, meaning when you buy a Kindle edition book, you don't really own it. Yet another reason not to buy a Kindle.

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Comment by John McFetridge on July 19, 2009 at 10:13am
It's like when you buy a stolen car and it has to go back to the rightful owner when it's found out to be stolen. Except, of course, this is more like buying stolen car from the biggest car company in the world, not from some guy.

But at this point it doesn't surprise me at all that they were selling something they didn't actually have the right to sell.
Comment by I. J. Parker on July 19, 2009 at 1:58am
Ditto on hard copy books. However, I see absolutely no good reason to hold on to a Kindle book past its reading. This is not as if you had a library where you might walk past 10 years later and reach for a book you had forgotten about. It might make a difference if you bought Kindle titles for research, but there, too, the hard copy is far more practical.
Comment by D.R. MacMaster on July 18, 2009 at 11:24am
That's why I like hard copy books. Once I got it, you have to fight me to the death to get it back.

Plus reading off monitors makes my eyes bleed.

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