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September 2009
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Amazon Orwell Book Deletion Controversy May Be Reaching Some Closure

George Orwell’s 1984 is making its way back on to customers’ Kindles.  After the controversy this summer revolving around Amazon’s remote deletion of Orwell’s works, Amazon is now returning the book to customers’ Kindles, annotations intact.

Those who were effected by the book removals should have received the following note from Amazon:

As you were one of the customers impacted by the removal of ‘Nineteen Eighty-Four’ from your Kindle device in July of this year, we would like to offer you the option to have us re-deliver this book to your Kindle along with any annotations you made,” reads the note. “You will not be charged for the book. If you do not wish to have us re-deliver the book to your Kindle, you can instead choose to receive an Amazon.com electronic gift certificate or check for $30

Although Amazon refunded the cost of the book when they deleted it, it’s nice to see that they are still offering to replace it for free.  The option of $30 is also more than what people paid, but is probably meant to cover any extraneous damages the deletions may have created (oddly enough, Amazon is claiming this refund is unrelated to the ongoing lawsuit).