Posted by: maroonmaurader | September 4, 2009

How NOT to do damage control

You may have heard about the big Kindle/1984 kerfluffle a few months ago (an illegal version of 1984 made it’s way into the Amazon listing; Amazon remotely went out and deleted all copies of the book from all Kindles without notifying the owner’s). Amazon has apparently decided to run some damage control here by reimbursing the “customers impacted:” they’ve given them a choice. Either they can recieve a $30 check, or they can “have us re-deliver this book to your Kindle along with any annotations you made.”

So, kudos to Amazon for doing the right thing. But while we’re on the topic… this apology highlights a little-known feature of the Kindle. It automatically sends along your annotations to a remote server (as well as what page you’re currently on). Amazon states this is to support those who have multiple Kindles and like to switch between them. However, while having the ability to remotely send out a message to all Kindles telling them to delete a specific book is Orwellian enough, I think the idea of them being able to watch what your reading and see what you write as you do so lines up more neatly with the watchful eyes of Big Brother. Which means you might see another flare-up of complaints about the mysterious Kindle over the next week, sparked specifically by Amazon’s well-intentioned damage control efforts.

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  1. This kid is fux0red. http://michiganmessenger.com/24133/michigan-student-sues-amazon-over-1984


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