Monday, July 27, 2009

Librarians in the News

Sunday's Telegraph Herald quoted librarians Michael May and Andrew Fuerste-Henry in a story about Amazon's Kindle e-book reader. It's a good article about an interesting bit of hardware, but I can't help feeling a bit sad that our interview took place just a couple days too soon to discuss the latest bit of Kindle drama.

As reported in the New York Times, on July 17 Amazon deleted all copies of a certain edition of George Orwell's 1984 from hundreds of Kindles. It turns out the publisher of that particular e-book didn't actually have the right to sell it. Amazon gave refunds to everyone who owned the deleted book, but a story from yesterday's New York Times reports that some consumer advocates are not satisfied. So consider this another point in favor of traditional books: they're unlikely to blink out of existence while you sleep.

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