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Amazon Secretly Removes "1984" From the Kindle

 
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Thousands of people last week discovered that Amazon had quietly removed electronic copies of George Orwell's 1984 from their Kindle e-book readers. In the process, Amazon revealed how easy censorship will be in the Kindle age.

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Amazon operators used the Kindle wireless network, called WhisperNet, to quietly delete the books from people's devices and refund them the money they'd paid.

An uproar followed, with outraged customers pointing out the irony that Amazon was deleting copies of a novel about a fascist media state that constantly alters history by changing digital records of what has happened

[snip]

[link to io9.com]



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That's very interesting. I didn't know they could access our devices like that and just delete stuff.
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kitty 1984 indeed.
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Thousands of people last week discovered that Amazon had quietly removed electronic copies of George Orwell's 1984 from their Kindle e-book readers. In the process, Amazon revealed how easy censorship will be in the Kindle age.

...

Amazon operators used the Kindle wireless network, called WhisperNet, to quietly delete the books from people's devices and refund them the money they'd paid.

An uproar followed, with outraged customers pointing out the irony that Amazon was deleting copies of a novel about a fascist media state that constantly alters history by changing digital records of what has happened

[snip]

[link to io9.com]


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Not even hiding it anymore. I wonder when MSLSD will cover this? LOL.


Something must have spooked them though......
or is it just that obvious....or it is just part of the plan brought to you by the Ministry of Truth and Peace??
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04/08/2013 05:39 AM
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I wonder if I create a different folder from the default one, if they wouldn't be able to find books I've downloaded from Amazon?

Not that I've got anything really important on there, it's just the principle of the thing. I don't like the idea of them being able to snoop around and remove stuff that I now consider to be legitimately mine.
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04/08/2013 05:41 AM
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That's very interesting. I didn't know they could access our devices like that and just delete stuff.
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Heard this about them early on therefore never bothered with them due to the digital book burning potential.

Guess it's a good reason to keep a hard copy around (note to hired book burning goons - I do not have a hard copy of 1984 around, only the sweet, terrifying memories of reading it what seems like a very, very long time ago).

And here we are.
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That's very interesting. I didn't know they could access our devices like that and just delete stuff.
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Just imagine what they can do when the world is fully digital, and libraries are history
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04/08/2013 05:47 AM
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wtf April fools? what justification have they given for this?
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In this case, the mass e-book removals were motivated by copyright
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My fucking arse!!!
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Thousands of people last week discovered that Amazon had quietly removed electronic copies of George Orwell's 1984 from their Kindle e-book readers. In the process, Amazon revealed how easy censorship will be in the Kindle age.

...

Amazon operators used the Kindle wireless network, called WhisperNet, to quietly delete the books from people's devices and refund them the money they'd paid.

An uproar followed, with outraged customers pointing out the irony that Amazon was deleting copies of a novel about a fascist media state that constantly alters history by changing digital records of what has happened

[snip]

[link to io9.com]


 Quoting: BuggedOut


His real name is not George Orwell. You know that, right?
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That's very interesting. I didn't know they could access our devices like that and just delete stuff.
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 Quoting: Shoot straight Johnny





Heard this about them early on therefore never bothered with them due to the digital book burning potential.

Guess it's a good reason to keep a hard copy around (note to hired book burning goons - I do not have a hard copy of 1984 around, only the sweet, terrifying memories of reading it what seems like a very, very long time ago).

And here we are.
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What's most disturbing is the fact they can do this in the first place. I don't have a kindle, just the phone app. So they can snoop through our phone's content via whispernet without us knowing. And if they can, who else can as well?
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04/08/2013 06:06 AM
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Sounds like a good time to buy a paper book of 1984 before stocks of that go too.

Has Brave New World gone too?.......
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Thousands of people last week discovered that Amazon had quietly removed electronic copies of George Orwell's 1984 from their Kindle e-book readers. In the process, Amazon revealed how easy censorship will be in the Kindle age.

...

Amazon operators used the Kindle wireless network, called WhisperNet, to quietly delete the books from people's devices and refund them the money they'd paid.

An uproar followed, with outraged customers pointing out the irony that Amazon was deleting copies of a novel about a fascist media state that constantly alters history by changing digital records of what has happened

[snip]

[link to io9.com]


 Quoting: BuggedOut


This is the best thread of the day!

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As long as wifi is not activated on your kindle it cant be accessed
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Sounds like a good time to buy a paper book of 1984 before stocks of that go too.

Has Brave New World gone too?.......
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And what about 'The road to Wigan Pier'? rofl

That would be a tragedy because I live right by the George Orwell pub in Wigan, named after the great man himself.
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Sounds like a good time to buy a paper book of 1984 before stocks of that go too.

Has Brave New World gone too?.......
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No, but the shock that's applied when reading is stimulating.
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04/08/2013 06:15 AM
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Yep, mine's gone too. no notice given whatsoever.
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this is something you really should be concerned of !


they don´t want the average Joe to read their "manual" any more.
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Re: Amazon Secretly Removes "1984" From the Kindle
Thousands of people last week discovered that Amazon had quietly removed electronic copies of George Orwell's 1984 from their Kindle e-book readers. In the process, Amazon revealed how easy censorship will be in the Kindle age.

...

Amazon operators used the Kindle wireless network, called WhisperNet, to quietly delete the books from people's devices and refund them the money they'd paid.

An uproar followed, with outraged customers pointing out the irony that Amazon was deleting copies of a novel about a fascist media state that constantly alters history by changing digital records of what has happened

[snip]

[link to io9.com]


 Quoting: BuggedOut


TOLD YA!

....like 2 years ago I posted that they would make Hitlers book burnings obsolete.

:flagthis:

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That's very interesting. I didn't know they could access our devices like that and just delete stuff.
 Quoting: Shoot straight Johnny


Just imagine what they can do when the world is fully digital, and libraries are history
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....which is why you need to start backup up all the books now and save the important hardcopy versions of things as well.

This is EXACTLY the same shit the Commies and Facists do on WIKIPEDIA.

wiki2
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As long as wifi is not activated on your kindle it cant be accessed
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Which means you have to keep wifi switched off at all times to stop em nicking your content?

Anyway, that's not true because I used to dl books via my phone's dataplan before I got wifi.
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1984 was NOT meant to be an Instruction manual
Read a book- Dumbass
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1984 was NOT meant as an Instruction Manual
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Well, they're still selling it for Kindle. Go buy it again....

[link to www.amazon.com]

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Well, they're still selling it for Kindle. Go buy it again....

[link to www.amazon.com]

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In this case, the mass e-book removals were motivated by copyright . A company called MobileReference, who did not own the copyrights to the books 1984 and Animal Farm, uploaded both books to the Kindle store and started selling them. When the rights owner heard about this, they contacted Amazon and asked that the e-books be removed. And Amazon decided to erase them not just from the store, but from all the Kindles where they'd been downloaded.

p.s: Just scanned your media library ... sorry but it's a reeducation Fema camp for you... multiple mp3 copyright violations (not to mention Asian Fever 3)
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p.s: Just scanned your media library ... sorry but it's a reeducation Fema camp for you... multiple mp3 copyright violations (not to mention Asian Fever 3)
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This is the bit to take notice of.
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Buy eBook

Find the file either on your computer/kindle/whatever

Strip DRM protection with easy to find free software

Enjoy doing whatever you want with the book you fucking paid for.

Seriously people...
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Sounds like a good time to buy a paper book of 1984 before stocks of that go too.

Has Brave New World gone too?.......
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And what about 'The road to Wigan Pier'? rofl

That would be a tragedy because I live right by the George Orwell pub in Wigan, named after the great man himself.
 Quoting: Shoot straight Johnny


Hey! I lived on the canal at Wigan Pier for a few months, in some terrace houses, actually i think it was the 2nd one down from the Pier Nightclub?!?! i used to hit the Bees Knees and Ace of Clubs and a few other places, that was a few years ago. Your soccer team was in 4th division then. Maybe I might visit again one day..... not sure why though!??! haha
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Thousands of people last week discovered that Amazon had quietly removed electronic copies of George Orwell's 1984 from their Kindle e-book readers. In the process, Amazon revealed how easy censorship will be in the Kindle age.

...

Amazon operators used the Kindle wireless network, called WhisperNet, to quietly delete the books from people's devices and refund them the money they'd paid.

An uproar followed, with outraged customers pointing out the irony that Amazon was deleting copies of a novel about a fascist media state that constantly alters history by changing digital records of what has happened

[snip]

[link to io9.com]


 Quoting: BuggedOut


Aint that the fucking truth.

I always tell people who have read those books that people like Orwell and Huxley (author of A Brave New World) were actually well respected futurists. They were not condemned for what they wrote by the elite, but were praised for it.

These books were not meant as a warning, they are actually futurist propaganda.

Smoke that in your pipe.
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5 stars
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buy paper books.
they can´t be deleted without your consent, have no built-in self-destroy-date and stuff.





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