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.
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.
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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