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[News] Amazon Kindle: Linux Good, DRM Very Bad

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Amazon Kindle 2 Review

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| Works on Linux: The Kindle 2 is detected as a hard drive by Linux, making it 
| easy to use with it. Calibre software is installable for most Linux distros, 
| and auto detects the Kindle allowing quick syncing of non-Amazon download 
| books.   
| [...]
| The Bad
| DRM: Books in the Amazon Kindle store are in the AZW DRM-encumbered format. 
| What can I say about this that has not been said a thousands times before? 
| How can I support DRM and look my look my OSS friends in the eye? Easy, I 
| (mostly) donât. 90% of the books on my Kindle are free public domain titles 
| or DRM-free titles I purchased from a third party e-bookstore (see above).     
| [...]
| The Ugly
| Remote Deletion: In July, Amazon remote deleted thousands copies of 1984 
| (Irony, thy name is Amazon) from Kindles, since they did not really have the 
| e-books rights for that title.  



Kindle ate my homework' boy sues Amazon

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| THE BOY who lost all his homework on George Orwell's book 1984 when it was
| deleted from his Kindle has decided to sue Amazon for getting him in hot
| water with his teacher.


Amazon Faces a Fight Over Its E-Books

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| A growing number of civil libertarians and customer advocates wants Amazon to
| fundamentally alter its method for selling Kindle books, lest it be forced to
| one day change or recall books, perhaps by a judge ruling in a defamation
| case â or by a government deciding a particular work is politically damaging
| or embarrassing.
| âAs 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,â said Holmes Wilson, campaigns manager of the Free Software
| Foundation.


Amazon Kindle doomed to repeat Big Brother moment

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| Yes, Amazon chief Jeff Bezos has apologized for the Orwellian removal of
| Orwell from digital book readers tucked inside the pockets of American
| citizens. And yes, the new-age retailer has promised not to repeat its Big
| Brother moment. But that's not a promise it can promise to keep.
| [...]
| This uneasy feeling was only exacerbated by the fact that Amazon removed the
| books out from under Orwell lovers without explicitly telling them it was
| doing so. There were refund notices sent via email, but nothing more. Many
| Kindlers were left to wonder why their books had disappeared - while others
| wondered why there was a refund.


Amazon Kindle powered by Linux, FSF not impressed

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| Amazon is also using BusyBox (how can you not if you're running embedded?),
| so it's a good thing they've released that code - BusyBox has been active in
| recent years by way of the Software Freedom Law Center (SFLC) in making sure
| that vendors that use their code actually comply with the GPL.


Impeach Bezos for Amazon's Kindle Swindle

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| We hope he gets the message that he's swindling his customers and in the
| process undermining important fundamental freedoms to read and share. Amazon
| seems to understand this message when it comes to music -- why don't they get
| it when it comes to the Kindle?

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