New York Times tech guru David Pogue reports on the case of the disappearing Kindle ebooks. This morning, Amazon.com stealthily crept into Kindle owners’ digital libraries and absconded with their ebook versions of George Orwell’s classic novels 1984 and Animal Farm. (Irony!)
Apparently, after numerous users had already purchased the ebooks, the publisher decided to pull the ebooks off the market. Not only did Amazon remove the ebooks from their website, but they also filched them from the Kindles themselves. Users did get refunded for the plundered products. Per Pogue:
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.