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The Kindle Swindle

Dec 15, 2007, 19:00 (10 Talkback[s])

"The Amazon kindle provides convenience, but at the cost of freedom. When you purchase a kindle, you must agree to use the Digital Restriction Management (DRM) system. Since all of the Kindle ebooks you purchase from Amazon are in their proprietary DRM format, you are also promising to not share them with friends. And, because you promise to not circumvent the DRM, there is no way to move them to another device or a computer. You are locked into the Kindle and you are locked into Amazon. If you try to move them to a new ebook reader or a computer, Amazon can end your service and remove access to the books you have already purchased.

"It seems that Amazon only cares to oppose DRM when they can profit from it, such as when they advertise their MP3's as 'Play Anywhere, DRM-Free Downloads.' The same is not true for Kindle ebooks..."

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