in Books, Technology

Outlawed by Amazon DRM

The machines are taking over. Or the corporations. Or both.

A couple of days a go, my friend Linn sent me an e-mail, being very frustrated: Amazon just closed her account and wiped her Kindle. Without notice. Without explanation.

Although this may be a fairly isolated incident, this is one of the downsides of handing over all our media purchases to the digital world. If she had bought her books at a brick & mortar bookstore, they’re not likely going to be able to come after her and take back or destroy all the books she’d purchased.