reply to post by Uphill
1. When a person buys a copy of a Google E-book and downloads it, and wants to underline or highlight certain portions of the text, is any such added
emphasis being collected by Google Books?
2. Similarly, what about when the person adds electronic notes to the margins of these E-books? Are those electronic notes being collected by Google
3. Similarly, when a person is reading a copy of a Google E-book on their computer, is Google collecting information on what page they are reading?
Is Google collecting information on what pages or section the person goes back and re-reads?
...Those were all the questions I could think of that are not addressed by the current Google Books (which is now a part of the "Google Play" heading
On the LibraryThing website (which is used by library professionals and readers, and not just English-speaking), someone commented to me on this
subject that they use Kobo wireless, but they download their books from Kobo to their computer and then load them onto the Kobo e-reader. Kobo keeps
sending them suggestions about which books might interest them, but keeps suggesting books by James Patterson, which this person has never bought and
has no interest in.
Another person on LibraryThing suggested the following when using the Amazon Kindle e-reader:
1. Don't mark any e-book passages.
2. Don't turn on the wireless while you are reading the book. Set the cursor back to the cover page before you turn on the wireless.
3. Alternatively, download your notes to your computer, then erase them from your Kindle books.
So, my question for the ATS community on the above suggestions (for Kobo and Kindle e-reader devices) is, will any of the above privacy-protecting
strategies actually work? For instance, perhaps the Kindle e-reader collects user behavior information real-time, regardless of whether the wireless
is on or not, regardless of whether the notes are left stored on the e-reader or not? Does anyone know of any Kindle hacking attempts that might shed
light on the behavior of the Kindle e-reader software? ...Thanks for reading.
edit on 7/11/2012 by Uphill because: Fixed a typo.