Outlawed by Amazon DRM (Martin Bekkelund)

Posted on: Tue, 11/27/2012 - 11:09 By: Tom Swiss

I've previously written about the evils of Amazon; here's another to add to the list. Martin Bekkelund reports on a woman who was Outlawed by Amazon DRM:

A couple of days a go, my friend Linn sent me an e-mail, being very frustrated: Amazon just closed her account and wiped her Kindle. Without notice. Without explanation. This is DRM at it’s worst.

Amazon destroyed the e-books she had bought, closed her account, wiped her device. It refuses to tell her why, and left her no recourse or appeal.

DRM sucks. Amazon sucks.

This was interesting to read--especially the comments to the original post you linked to. I have just ordered a KindlePaperwhite e-reader for all those books and novellas that I want to read that are ONLY being published as e-books now. It will never be my main source for reading as I truly prefer a real paper book, but I know some authors who tell me it's a lot easier to publish via e-book than print. Sad and depressing, but that's the way the techno-world goes.... and I really want to read their stories.
At least now I know I'll need to get that "DRM" stripping program to keep my new books when I get them. What does "DRM" stand for anyway???? Some sort of leash for the company to keep hold of the product they sell you... at least when I order my paper books through Amazon they don't have strings attached once I receive them.