Amazon can take back your content without your consent. That is the message that is perfectly clear with the recent removal of George Orwell books from their new Kindle platform.
According to numerous reports around the internet the Book Animal Farm and 1984 were deleted from users' accounts and books after the publisher decided they no longer wanted to offer them through the Kindle service.
Now in the world of print this would mean that the book could no longer be purchased from the store. If you bought one before they pulled it would still be yours.
On Kindle, Amazon deleted the book and refunded the money. This is an amazingly disturbing trend. I will give Amazon full marks for the refunds but the idea that they can remove content at will from someone is not good at all.
So far Amazon has not responded to requests for comment on this and there is nothing (that I have found) that shows that they have this right to being with.
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