There’s a nasty little secret that most people who own eBook readers – specifically the Kindle – don’t know about eBooks. But we’ll get to that in a moment.
eBooks are fast becoming more and more popular and are stealing market share from p-books. For those of you not in the know, p-books are printed books – Come on, people! You gotta get with the program!
Anyway – so what’s the dirty little secret?
I found it in a recent Wired Magazine article. Essentially it is about how Kindle eBooks can be updated/revised after you’ve purchased them. What can go wrong? Right?
Well, let’s see. From the Wired article.
….when you are connected to an e-reading service, the seller does have the capability to mess with the content on your device, whether you ask it to or not. People were shocked to discover this last summer when Amazon, realizing that it had mistakenly sold some bootlegged copies of George Orwell’s 1984, deleted all of them from customers’ Kindles. An outcry ensued. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos issued an apology, calling the action “stupid, thoughtless, and painfully out of line with our principles.”
Why? Because according to Amazon, you don’t purchase a Kindle book – you lease it!
Hmmm…so, what can this lead to in our heated politically correct, multicultural (read any culture that’s not white European) over sensitive times we live in?
Not over sensitive you say?
How about this?
So, if Amazon can change at a click of a mouse, the content of an e-book, what would happen if our beloved hate speech or hate thought crimes are established over eBooks?
Hoe about the ‘N’ word being deleted from Tom Sawyer or Of Mice and Men? Maybe even whole derogatory paragraphs of racial stereotypes incentive to the Negro plight in those eBooks? Or perhaps, history being changed in non-fiction books to suit the current politically correct stance at the time?
Get my drift?
If you think 1984 was bad – just wait until our politicians get hold of the eBooks.
Food for thought.