Ari Schwartz sends along this link, from Gizmodo.
Amazon [was] bending to the wishes of a publisher and deleting every single legitimately-purchased copy of 1984 and Animal Farm from all Kindles remotely…the publisher changed its mind about having electronic versions of Orwell’s books. So Amazon removed them from the store and in the process remotely deleted the books from the Kindles of anyone who bought them…Amazon says this is a “rarity”.
Apparently, Amazon was oblivious to the irony.
Some of us warned you
Update: 21 July Slate article on the subject.
Update: 22 July A.E. Hotchner has the depressing job of asking that Hemingway’s A Movable Feast should not be edited, wily nilly, by his heirs. Apparently, a grandson, who owns the copyright, doesn’t care for parts of the prose. So Scribner is issuing an “update.” Look for Amazon to replace all the copies on people’s Kindles with the new version.