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Amazon Kindle extinguishes the fire of learning

Submitted by mattl on Wed, 2011-09-28 12:59

Amazon came out with their newest line of Kindle ebook readers today, including the appropriately named "Kindle Fire".

To quote their TV commercial: "The instruction we find in books is like fire. We fetch it from our neighbours, kindle it at home, communicate it to others, and it becomes the property of all."

This device does not kindle that fire -- it extinguishes it, with more of the same digital restrictions.

Let's look at the facts:

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DRM In (and Out) of Schools

Submitted by mollydb on Mon, 2010-09-27 08:26

Kindles and iPads are making their way into classrooms across the world. Schools like Seton Hill and George Fox are giving iPads to incoming students. Monte Vista Christian School, in California, has sixty of them that are now in the hands of advanced placement students.

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Update: hundreds of 1-star reviews added to Kindle page!

Submitted by holmesworcester on Wed, 2009-07-22 13:37

Update: Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos apologizes - see our press release, and Digg this news

This week's Kindle action is going great; together we've generated hundreds of 1-star reviews and tags.

Then there was a great article in Slate by Farhad Manjoo, Amazon's top "expert reviewer" on the Kindle's product page, retracting his recommendation. This would be a perfect article to share with friends and co-workers, to introduce them to the problem of DRM (diggable here).

If you haven't written a review yet, here are direct links to the review forms. Take a few minutes to explain to potential Kindle buyers why they shouldn't get one: 6" Kindle, Kindle DX.

If your review wasn't published by Amazon, definitely let us know. We'll be busy picking our next product to target (if you have any suggestions, email us at info@defectivebydesign.org). In the meantime, we thought we'd share some of our favorite reviews below. Awesome job, everyone.

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Double-plus ungood: give Amazon's Kindle a 1-star review

Submitted by holmesworcester on Mon, 2009-07-20 12:34

Digg this!

We are not joking. Late last week, Amazon deleted purchased copies of George Orwell's 1984 and Animal Farm from the ebook readers of hundreds of users. New York Times tech writer David Pogue summarizes it best:

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Double-plus ungood: give Amazon's Kindle a 1-star review.

Submitted by holmesworcester on Mon, 2009-07-20 12:34

We are not joking. Late last week, Amazon deleted purchased copies of George Orwell's 1984 and Animal Farm from the e-book readers of hundreds of users. New York Times tech writer David Pogue summarizes it best:

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Impeach Bezos for Amazon's Kindle Swindle

Submitted by JohnSullivan on Thu, 2009-04-16 13:45

Join Amazon authors' "drmfree" effort

Submitted by JohnSullivan on Wed, 2009-04-15 07:55

DefectiveByDesign activists have been tireless in finding and labeling DRM-infected products on Amazon with tags like "defectivebydesign" and "drm".

Topic:  drm ebooks kindle

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The Kindle Swindle

Submitted by JoshuaGay on Wed, 2007-12-12 07:36


Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon.com - Photo by O'Reilly at Flickr

. Tag the Kindle and Kindle ebooks on Amazon.

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