16 votes

Irony: 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.

Apparently, until last week, Amazon claimed it wouldn't take back purchased books either: The New York Times' Brad Stone reports:


Amazon's published terms of service agreement for the Kindle does not appear to give the company the right to delete purchases after they have been made. It says Amazon grants customers the right to keep a "permanent copy of the applicable digital content."

But this isn't the first time there has been a problem with secret deletings. Stone adds:


Amazon appears to have deleted other purchased e-books from Kindles recently. Customers commenting on Web forums reported the disappearance of digital editions of the Harry Potter books and the novels of Ayn Rand over similar issues.

Full Story



Trending on the Web

Comment viewing options

Select your preferred way to display the comments and click "Save settings" to activate your changes.

Deleted

Comment was doubleplus ungood.

Ĵīɣȩ Ɖåđşŏń

"Fully half the quotations found on the internet are either mis-attributed, or outright fabrications." - Abraham Lincoln

You never saw this book you call 1984...

It is a delusion you created to fit your reality. Big brother is the only thing that is real. We can cure you so you will be better.

Pandacentricism will be our downfall.

George Orwells' "1984" Made for TV


A 1954 TV Production of George Orwells' novel "1984" A story about government surveillance and mind control where independent thinking and individualism is forbidden.


http://youtu.be/l8PLsHxJm9Y

Animal Farm is probably next on their nix list...

Exercise Liberty.


America Rising.
The Constitution Stands.

"That the pen is mightier than the sword would be proven false; if I should take my sword and cut off the hand that holds the pen" - American Nomad

LMFAO.

you do realize the movie 1984 is still available for free for Amazon Prime members right.

http://www.amazon.com/1984/dp/B0039O8AQK/ref=sr_1_1?s=instan...

There is a lot more that goes into providing content then personal opinions. Amazon doesn't OWN publishing rights to the book most likely. They are bound by contracts, which as libertarians or anarchists we should respect. Now if you want to get into a copyrights debate, that is a diff story.

I would suggest the author of this article, try to find out the true reasons before making baseless accusations.

Amazon helps fund many sites people like us enjoy. Dailypaul is one of them. I click the amazon link from the DP on almost all my amazon purchases. At least when i can remember. Lew Rockwell's site is another one.

Question helps fund

Does Amazon really help fund or do they pay a commission on sales?

Big difference.

Are they are donating to Daily Paul?

Google
Microsoft
Apple
Amazon

all seem to be in it for themselves or they would be calling for
Release of Manning and freedom for Snowden.

I mean they have some of the smartest people on the planet working for them and if they aren't standing for truth!
What are they standing for?
At that point there is a argument for "are they evil?"

OV

Just want what seems to be missing, Truth and Justice for ALL
What is fraud except creating “value” from nothing and passing it off as something?

do you really want to be nick pickler

so DP gets a commission, which in turn helps fund the site....

God forbid people get into volutary cooperative business relationships that have benefits for not just the parties involved directly but for people like you and I who use their services.

If you are so righteous, stop coming to the DP cause guess what, it is a salesmen for Amazon....give me a break.

Stop shooting yourself in the foot. And more importantly the rest of us.

Censored Free

Censored

Free advertisement

"1984, the book someone somewhere wanted censored" :)

Screw Amazon anyways

get it for free at www.piratebay.com :-)

pirate bay is the easiest way to get flagged and a DMCA notice

there are many private torrent sites you can use.

iptorrents.com get an invite from someone.

1984 is already free without having to pirate anyway.

http://www.george-orwell.org/1984

There is even a free audio version, apparently....But you might have to sub Audible...DERP

Sharing is caring Imagine,

Sharing is caring

Imagine, that, would be it, if all "federal" abiding book sellers under ORDERS stopped selling 1984, thats it, no more, its gone......

archive.org

It's available for free in many different languages and formats on archive.org

http://archive.org/search.php?query=1984%20george%20orwell

+1

Thanks for the redirect :)

thepiratebay.sx I agree,

thepiratebay.sx

I agree, screw Amazon, but don't pirate everything, it's good to give money to those that earned it.

End The Fed!
BTC: 1A3JAJwLVG2pz8GLfdgWhcePMtc3ozgWtz

+1

agree agree, but Orwell is dead now so... :)

Is this true? I went to look

Is this true? I went to look on Amazon kindle books and '1984' is sold now. If they did it, they've put it back on.

Amazon screwed up here, but...

The only copies they deleted were ones sold illegally by a company that didn't have rights to the book and sold them for $1. While they certainly should not have removed items from a person's Kindle, illegally acquired or not, the media misrepresented what happened here, implying that 1984 was being censored.

What Amazon should have done was work through legal channels to get the offending company prosecuted for illegal distribution of unlicensed materials. Instead, they attacked the consumers which was a mistake.

I like Amazon and I order from them all the time. As giant soulless corporations go, they are clearly one of the better ones out there. But, they should be focusing on the "dealers" here and not the "users".

FYI, this happened 4 years ago.

With liberty and justice for all...who can afford it.

Thanks for the reality check.

.

post is confusing imo,,what was the REASON

they were deleted??

"In this case, the mass

"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. 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."

It is a bit ironical, but come on, you make it sound like they deleted ALL copies everywhere. This was a copyright issue, and money was refunded. It is still available on the kindle store from a different publishing company

http://www.amazon.com/George-Orwell/e/B000AQ0KKY/ref=sr_ntt_...

I didn't make it sound like anything

I posted a story.

If you're going to post a 4-year old story

Then post all of the details of it. Including the student who sued them for deleting 1984 and all of the digital notes he took. BTW, there are plenty of ways to avoid having things deleted from your Kindle, including backing them up elsewhere. I use a Sony device that allows me to only sync what I want, and has never deleted anything from my device without my consent.

With liberty and justice for all...who can afford it.