19 Aug Defective by design: Kindle discourages readers
The Free Software Foundation’s Defective By Design campaign just added the Amazon Kindle to its list of DRM-related offenders. The organization started a petition against Amazon for restricting readers’ access to their own books and effectively discouraging reading options. Complaints include Amazon’s switch to publisher-controlled text-to-speech disabling and the removal of several pre-purchased works from the device. Most recently, 17-year-old Justin Gawronski filed suit against the company for removing George Orwell’s 1984 from his Kindle and rendering his electronic notes worthless.
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