Big Brother

by pittcaleb Email    2921 views

When I read things I believe are "too weird to be true" I often dismiss them as false and go on to the next thing. I mean we all know that just because it's on the Internet doesn't mean it's true, right?

So in the past hour, more than a few people I follow on Twitter posted a link to an article that is about as freaky as it gets when it comes to technology. I didn't believe the tweets and once I read the article, I had to check the header not once, but twice, to ensure I was reading the New York Times! The story could be untrue, but if it's in the Grey Lady, it must be reliable enough to blog about. Here goes:

This morning, hundreds of Amazon Kindle owners awoke to discover that books by a certain famous author had mysteriously disappeared from their e-book readers. These were books that they had bought and paid for—thought they owned.
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As one of my readers noted, it’s like Barnes & Noble sneaking into our homes in the middle of the night, taking some books that we’ve been reading off our nightstands, and leaving us a check on the coffee table.
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The author who was the victim of this Big Brotherish plot was none other than George Orwell. And the books were “1984” and “Animal Farm.”

Un-Freaking-Believeable! Lucinda and I had been seriously contemplating purchasing a Kindle due to the recent price drop. With press like this, they don't need an advertising department!

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