Karma Is A Wheel Greased With Irony


Bad: Amazon’s Kindle is wrapped up in DRM, meaning the books you bought can be deleted arbitrarily and remotely without your intervention or consent.

Very Bad: Amazon does just that to thousands of people.

Where It Gets Awesome: The book they delete? It’s George Orwell’s “1984”. And not by accident, either. On purpose. 1984 and Animal Farm.

As usual, DRM means never knowing for sure and piracy continues to be the only way to guarantee you actually own something. Congratulations, Amazon; you have burned your customers on the finest altar available.


  1. kaitlin
    Posted July 17, 2009 at 3:29 pm | Permalink

    I was waiting for you to post on this.

    Oh. So. Ironic.

  2. Posted July 17, 2009 at 3:38 pm | Permalink

    I was totally going to ping you when I read about it – funny considering our discussions yesterday. I can’t even believe I *thought* about purchasing a Kindle.

  3. mhoye
    Posted July 17, 2009 at 3:41 pm | Permalink

    At least now there’s no question at all what you’re getting into.

  4. Alex Rootham
    Posted July 18, 2009 at 7:14 pm | Permalink

    Yeah yeah irony and everything. Let’s not panic quite yet.
    Everyone got a refund.
    You can still buy the book in paperback.

    I wish I could get a refund a year after I read a book so that I could go buy another. I’m still going to buy a Kindle if they launch it in Canada within the next few years.

  5. mhoye
    Posted July 18, 2009 at 8:41 pm | Permalink

    That thing you just said is 100% bullshit, and you know it.

    The fact that you can still find it elsewhere is meaningless, and you know that, too. That a merchant can roll back a transaction undertaken in good faith without the purchasers’s consent, arbitrarily and without the purchaser even being _informed beforehand_, is obviously and unambiguously Wrong, and your glib defense of it demeans you.

  6. Posted July 19, 2009 at 8:58 pm | Permalink

    I’ve heard it said that this is just like Barnes and Noble breaking in to your house while you’re sleeping, taking back a book, and leaving a cheque on your nightstand.

    I’d love to see this analogy explained to a Floridian with a shotgun.