New York Times article: Amazon erases Orwell Books from Kindle, by Brad Stone:
“It illustrates how few rights you have when you buy an e-book from Amazon,” said Bruce Schneier, chief security technology officer for British Telecom and an expert on computer security and commerce. “As a Kindle owner, I’m frustrated. I can’t lend people books and I can’t sell books that I’ve already read, and now it turns out that I can’t even count on still having my books tomorrow.”
Many of us have had the experience of books gone missing during our travels, lost to water or fire, stolen or misplaced. Visit Jen Robinson's post about her Lost Books, and you will find a long list of sympathetic comments. However, in all of those comments, not one of them had the text of a book vanish before his or her eyes. That scenario is evocative of Jasper Fforde's Thursday Next novels.
Even if I had the funds for it, I haven't had much interest in owning a Kindle. I think it would be handy to be able to borrow books from the library and read them on a hand-held device, but I won't be a potential customer until I can read a book in the rain. (Yes, I know there's a waterproof pouch that sometimes works, but I'm still not tempted to spend my imaginary $300.00.)