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Wednesday, July 22, 2009 by: Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, NaturalNews Editor
Key concepts: DRM, Big Brother and Amazon.com
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Big Brother Amazon.com Deletes Books from Your Kindle Device
Wednesday, July 22, 2009 by: Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, NaturalNews Editor
Key concepts: DRM, Big Brother and Amazon.com


(NaturalNews) I love Amazon.com. It offers the most pleasant online shopping experience in the world, and its rating and recommendation systems are remarkably good at predicting what you might like. But as the world's largest e-commerce company, Amazon.com also has a lot of power over consumers, and last week that translated into a truly Orweillian stunt by Amazon that deleted copies of the e-book 1984 from Kindle devices everywhere.

When I first read the news, I couldn't believe that books you buy on Kindle could be remotely deleted by Amazon.com -- without notice and without your permission. That this actually took place (with the Big Brother book 1984, no less) brings up some very scary realizations about Amazon.com's Kindle book reader:

You apparently don't really own the books you buy through Kindle. You're just granted a temporary rental at the pleasure of Amazon.com, which may rescind that "right" at any time, without notice.

If Amazon.com can delete one book off your Kindle (without your knowledge), it could delete them all. What happens when the U.S. government begins banning books (you know, books about freedom, or the U.S. Constitution, or how to make a backyard mortar out of PVC)? Will Amazon.com initiate a global delete process to remove any "illegal" books from your Kindle?

If Amazon.com can delete books from your Kindle, it also stands to reason that it could modify books on your Kindle without your knowledge! Can you say, "Revisionist history?" One day all the books seem somehow... simplified...

History is full of Police State governments that banned books and burned books in an attempt to limit the People's access to knowledge. Is Amazon.com now engaged in digital book burning?

It's not just Amazon.com that's acting out the themes of a police state dictatorship: Don't forget that Google, Yahoo and other technology companies have openly cooperated with China's censorship schemes that have continued an inhumane state of political oppression in that country.

The advantage of owning a real book (printed on trees) is that no one can take it from you without getting past your front door and your German Shepherd. Plus, the screens don't crack and the batteries don't run out. You can set a book down when you need a pause, and when you pick it up you'll find the page right where you left it. Amazing...

Just say no to DRM
The Amazon.com Kindle device is, by definition, a DRM device (Digital Rights Management). DRM is a term describing technologies that limit the ability of consumers to exercise control over content they've paid for. Record companies, of course, are famous for their battles over piracy, and for the longest time they insisted that downloadable music only be sold with DRM protections.

Ironically, Amazon.com now sells DRM-free MP3 music, as do many other websites. But that evolved only after years of heel digging and foot dragging by the brain-dead music industry that would have much preferred to keep the world stranded in the days of cassette tapes (where bootleg copies get progressively worse with each copy generation).

Today, you can't buy downloadable audio books without DRM limitations, nor can you download movies without DRM. This content-compromising technology is everywhere, seeking to limit your use of content you've already paid for.

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And here's another link about the story:

[link to www.fastcompany.com]
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wow, that is some seriously fucked up shit
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wow, that is some seriously fucked up shit
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Yes, it is. It really shouldn't be a surprise because we all know that unless it is on hardcopy (paper) or on our own disk, it can be manipulated. In fact, 'REVISION' is scarier than deletion.

Just goes to show that we all need to print off important info because it may disappear or be 'REVISED' and remember, too, --- keep buying/collecting books!
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That's why I like my Sony reader. Bezos can't delete stuff off that and I can put more than just one format on it including PDFs and Google formatted e-books as well as raw text from Project Gutenberg.

And with third party Calibre I can even subscribe to blogs of my choosing.
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wow, that is some seriously fucked up shit
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Convert your kindle books to epub or PDF files so they can't touch them:

[link to www.epubconverter.com]
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Someone give me a list of the books they delete so I can read them.

They sound important enough... lol
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bump
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This is why I have a Kobo!
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You can get books from other open sources, such as Project Gutenberg and use Calibre to transfer (if you download them in kindle format) or convert them into Kindle format, turn off the WIFI and whatever is on your reader is there until you want to remove it...
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I have had Amazon delete close to twenty books from my Kindle device.

I signed up for a promotional program for $10 a month.
I could download up to ten books from a large list of books on this promotional list.

I got my first batch of books removed after 30 days before I had a chance to read them all.

Then Amazon double charged me for one month's fee.

As a result, I'm keeping the wireless on my kindle turned off for the foreseeable future.

Also, I'm not going to buy anything from Amazon, especially Ebooks.

Sure I didn't read the fine print, but its no wonder Amazon's earnings are declining.





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