Now we know that Amazon can delete anything it wants from your electronic reader. That’s an awesome power, and Amazon’s justification in this instance is beside the point. As our media libraries get converted to 1’s and 0’s, we are at risk of losing what we take for granted today: full ownership of our book and music and movie collections.
This is a very interesting article about things like e-books (Kindle), phone applications (Apple) and all sorts of other fun internet-y things, and how ownership is limited to terms of agreement (versus actual books, where you have all the rights, because you have paid for this property). The article is called, “Why 2024 Will Be Like Nineteen Eighty-Four: How Amazon’s remote deletion of e-books from the Kindle paves the way for book-banning’s digital future” by Farhad Manjoo and you should read it here.