Amazon’s apology unaccepted by some

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It was just last week (July 24) that a heartfelt apology was released by Amazon’s chief executive, Jeffrey P. Bezos. His amends were for the remote deletions of George Orwell’s 1984 and Animal Farm that the company did on the Kindle Kindle devices of readers who purchased them.

Although he wrote in their company’s forum that the eBooks were sold by a bookseller who did not have legal rights to the novel, he admits that Amazon’s move in addressing the problem was “stupid, thoughtless and painfully out of line with our principles.”

His apology however, was not enough for some people.

There are already a growing number of civil libertarians and customer advocates who wants Amazon to change their selling method for the Kindle ebooks. Among these is Free Software Foundation based in Boston. The foundation is soliciting signatures from librarians, publishers, major authors and public intellectuals.

Holmes Wilson, campaigns manager of the Free Software Foundation, said: “As long as Amazon maintains control of the device it will have this ability to remove books and that means they will be tempted to use it or they will be forced to it.”

Hmmmn, the guys from Amazon better have their statements and back-up plans ready coz I can smell another long-ending debate here. 🙂

Source: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/27/technology/companies/27amazon.html?_r=1