An Amazon Kindle user has had her account wiped and all her paid-for books deleted by Amazon without warning or explanation.
The Norwegian woman, identified only as Linn on media commentator Martin Bekkelund's blog, approached Amazon when she realised her Kindle had been wiped.
She was informed by a customer relations executive that her account had been closed, all open orders had been cancelled and all her content had been removed, but has been unable to find out why.
The move, which will shock ebook fans, highlights the power digital rights management (DRM) offers blue-chip companies. DRM is used by hardware manufacturers and publishers to limit the use of digital content once it has been purchased by consumers; in Amazon's case, it means the company can prevent you from reading content you have bought at the Kindle store on a rival device.
Originally posted by blupblup
reply to post by DjembeJedi
Really good thread on this here...
Originally posted by DjembeJedi
Why are we so WILLING to give up our physical objects in exchange for non existent digital versions?
How will we retain knowledge for future generations if we no longer put it in print and rely solely on digital media with all these threats on loosing it!?! What are we doing to ourselves??? Music is the Second victim in this...
I say SUPPORT your local bookstores keep them selling so the books will be printed otherwise I think we are selling our selves out, and we are participating willingly in the Destruction of our "Modern" Knowledge! ('')
Originally posted by OratoryHeist
Why? Because we are stupid and lazy. Walking to our bookself to get another book takes effort. It's far easier to just browse thru the e-reader's library. It's also an inconvenience for us to carry around so many books. And blah blah blah...and more blah that the marketing people tell us as reasons to get an e-reader.
Personally, I don't own one and I hope I never have to get one. I much prefer regular paper books. Ever tried smelling the pages of an e-reader? Just not the same!
We need a reboot. We are becoming way too obsessed with technology. It's making us soul-less.
Originally posted by Felyn
I was worried about this at some point as well, but then I realized that there are still books being printed no matter how many people buy digital books. For every digital book there are paper copies printed and kept. There are always going to be a part of the population that prefer paper books over digital. Libraries are still around and if the poo flies books will become extremely important part of society again. People will have to learn how to live differently and books will supply the knowledge we need in order to do that. I have quite an extensive collection of old literary works such as "Catcher in the Rye" "To Kill a Mockingbird" and Fahrenheit 451" and the like, and looking to expand it, just for this reason. I've also saved most of my college texts like biology, chemistry, microbiology, soil mechanics, geography, geology...the list goes on. On my hard drive I have many articles regarding bushcraft, small engine repair, herbal medicines, wild edibles, farming, animal husbandry, and bio fuels that are slowly being printed out and put in a binder.
In essence, it is up to each of us to save the knowledge however we can.
On the other hand I do believe the world would be a better place without Snookie's new book and that atrocity we call 50 Shades...