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July 26, 2009

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This frightens me. Never in my life have I actually taken for granted the ability to get information, banned or otherwise -- I'm fairly savvy with the interwebs and so is the husband. But this cements my decision to not move from paper books to electronic copies (at least not until I can jailbreak the Kindle and there's a growing bittorrent book community out there).

Because other e-readers and other e-book stores exist, the issue really may be the book seller (Amazon) nudging into territory where it doesn't belong (the e-reader). I owned a Kindle for 6 months, and I felt like I had a coal miner/company store relationship with Amazon. The line between the corporation and its sold goods became verrrry blurry. This bothered me more than my iPod/iTunes affair. If I pay for a song from a competing digital music site, my iPod doesn't acknowledge the song as properly licensed, and therefore won't transfer the song to another computer or let me remove it from the iPod. That's irritating. But when that happens with my BOOKS, I'm horrified. What is it about books that makes us so much more sensitive to intruders?

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