Remember when the net was all abuzz when Kindle remotely deleted copies of George Orwell’s novels “1984″ and “Animal Farm” from customers’ Kindles in July? Remember when after that, Amazon founder Jeffrey Bezos called the move in addressing the problem “stupid, thoughtless and painfully out of line with our principles”?
Well, apparently it wasn’t enough for a high school student whose copy of “1984” which he was reading for class was also deleted. Justin D. Gawronski, 17, filed a lawsuit claiming that the “1984” novel removed from his Kindle rendered all his electronic notes and annotations he made on the e-reader useless.
Now, Amazon.com has agreed to settle this lawsuit. Filed last week in a U.S. District Court in Seattle, the company agreed it will never remotely delete e-books from U.S. Kindle users except for special specified instances. As to whether the judge approves the deal is yet to be known. 😉
It seems like Amazon isn’t done apologizing for what they did over the illegally sold copies of George Orwell’s novels and they’re doing everything they can to get back on people’s good graces.
The company is now ready with not just one or two, but three options for their peace offering: a redelivered copy of the novels, a gift certificate worth $30, or a check for $30. These were said in an email sent to Kindle owners Thursday, a copy of which was given to CNET News by a reader.
As you may all remember, the internet was all abuzz in July when Amazon remotely deleted copies of 1984 and Animal Farm from the Kindle devices of readers who purchased them. The company said the ebooks were placed in the Kindle library by a publisher who did not have legal rights to the novel. This move generated lots of angry outcries from the Kindle owners, civil libertarians and customer advocates , and even a lawsuit filed by a student whose annotations for 1984 were deleted along with the novel.
Owners of Kindle readers whose copies of the novels were deleted can contact Amazon through firstname.lastname@example.org and ask for either another copy, a gift cert or a check.
Oh, and by the way, if you made annotations in the ebook, you’ll be glad to hear they’re returning the ebook along with your notes – so you don’t have to file a lawsuit.