Kindle is a fire-making term. Didn’t that make anyone else think “book-burning”?

July 21, 2009

Why 2024 Will Be Like Nineteen Eighty-Four: How Amazon’s remote deletion of e-books from Kindle paves the way for book-banning’s digital future. (Slate)
“If Apple or Amazon can decide to delete stuff you’ve bought, then surely a court—or, to channel Orwell, perhaps even a totalitarian regime—could force them to do the same.”

I knew it was a bad idea.

Okay I know, if I call myself a technophile, I shouldn’t really be championing the writen word, but I don’t trust any technology that only one company controls. Once there’s a couple cheaper kindle knockoffs out there and a bunch of pirated material (and I’m maybe off to grad school and don’t want to lug a text or two) maybe I’ll think about trading in paper for…e-paper. But don’t think just because I like technology that I trust it. I fully expect the world to end in technocalypse, thank you very much.


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