Amazon is facing severe criticism after remotely deleting ebooks of George Orwell’s 1984 and Animal Farm from Kindle ebook readers. This, despite the fact that they’d been purchased legally from Amazon itself. Why delete them? Because it turns out the publisher that uploaded them didn’t have the rights to do so after all. Customers were given their money back, but are still howling in outrage that Amazon is able to remotely delete content from their Kindles in this way. The fact that 1984 – the book which introduced Big Brother to the world – is one of the affected titles hasn’t gone unnoticed. Amazon has belatedly promised not to do it again.

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