Amazon and the Kindle reveal their double-plus-ungood side...

http://pogue.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/07/17/some-e-books-are-more-equ...

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"This morning, hundreds of Amazon Kindle owners awoke to discover that books by a certain famous author had mysteriously disappeared from their e-book readers. These were books that they had bought and paid for—thought they owned."

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Comment by Jason Spicer on July 19, 2009 at 12:42am
Well, that's bogus, for the reasons you state, as well as for the reason that Amazon could go out of business, leaving you with an inert device.
Comment by Jason Spicer on July 18, 2009 at 11:53pm
I'm not so sure I'd go as far as ripping them off, but I have definitely decided to boycott DRM as much as I can. I agree that the Orwellian angle is something to take seriously, but pragmatically speaking, when companies go out of business, they have an unhappy habit of taking their DRM servers offline. So even though neither the user nor the author of the content have changed their minds about anything or are in breach of any contract, the simple disappearance of the middleman renders the content void. Counting on a company to stick around forever is just unrealistic.

I actually don't think DRM will last too much longer. It's just too easy for those who don't respect it to hack, and too clumsy for users who do respect it to use. This is a recipe for rapid obsolescence, as Sony found out with the iPod. Granted, the iPod supports DRM, but Sony was so scared of losing control of their content that they let Apple walk off with the MP3 cake--Apple was willing to take a greater risk with content by making it downloadable, rather than tied to a physical medium. And now more and more music is available DRM-free.

The copyright-holders are slowly figuring out (many kicking and screaming all the way) that reasonable prices and convenience will be rewarded with paying customers. There will always be free-riders, but it's stupid to punish all your paying customers for the transgressions of a few. It's a case of penny-wise and pound-foolish.
Comment by Jared Lardo on July 18, 2009 at 11:48pm
The irony is so thick that I can swim in it.
Comment by Jim C. on July 18, 2009 at 10:38pm
In no small bit of irony, as I type this message, the advertisement at the right of my screen reads, "Meet the all new amazon kindle."

Below that it says something about 240,000 books, magazines, blogs and newspapers. Maybe if I look tomorrow, it will say 239,998.
Comment by Sue B on July 18, 2009 at 10:12pm
I've always been suspicious of the kindle devices, glad to know I was right...(great now I have more things to worry about)

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