There are two major updates to the story about Amazon deleting George Orwell books from customers’ Kindles.
First off, the reasons for the deletion have become more clear. The books were added to the Kindle store by MobileReference, a company which focuses on the publication of works already existing in the public domain. While Orwell’s works are public domain in most countries that MobileReference sells in, they still fall under copyright in the US. Which just so happens to be the only country where Amazon sells the Kindle.
The second piece of news is that Amazon is claiming this will not happen again. The company issued a statement, sent as an Email to various tech publications.
We are changing our systems so that in the future we will not remove books from customers’ devices in these circumstances.
It’s good to see that Amazon is reacting to the negative reaction they have received.