Do you really own those Kindles Store ebooks on your Amazon Kindle?
Recently the publisher of George Orwell’s Animal Farm and 1984 decided to withdraw their electronic version of the book from the Amazon Kindle.
So, without asking any questions, Amazon wirelessly deleted the book from all Kindles and refunded purchase money to would be owners.
That’s a big problem!
The thing with these Kindle store ebooks that you buy is you don’t have that choice in terms of storage.
Every single one that you buy, is backed-up on the Amazon.com server. That’s just like buying a car from someone, store it in their garage, give them the keys, and tell them to drive whenever they want.
Heck! they can even sell it if they want. Just give you a refund to cover their ass.
If amazon can wirelessly delete a book that you bought at anytime and give you a refund, then in my opinion, it’s not really your book.
If it’s yours then you should have full control over it…to keep it as long as you want, sell it if you want, and even loan it out if you want.
But that’s not the case with the Amazon Kindle. When you buy a book, you can’t loan it out, share it, nor store it on your own storage device. Now we find out Amazon can even take it back. Wow!
Therein lies the reason why the darn thing don’t come with a SD slot.
But, it does make sense. How else can they ensure that they make money off the books and that Kindle owners don’t just copy from others?
Barnes and Noble, the largest bookstore chain, launches its own ebook store
This new eBook store will allow customers to download titles to mobile devices, including Apple’s iPhone, Research in Motion’s Blackberry, PCs, and Macs.
The company also is partnering with Plastic Logic to offer a 8.5inc x 11-inch electronic reader that can wirelessly download choices from more than 700,000 titles early next year.
Who is surprised? Not me. This was expected. But don’t think that the Amazon Kindle is going to roll over and die.
In fact, it all sounds good, but it is left to be seen what this up and coming electronic reader has to offer. I have a kindle and I love it. Barnes and Nobles is going to have to come up with a stellar device to get Amazon customers to switch.
Before we talk too fast, let’s just wait and see what happens.
One thing, though, this is good for the ebook reader market. We may even see more price drop soon. What do you think?
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