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Amazon as Big Brother. . .

September 17th, 2009 · No Comments · Books, News

I was disturbed to receive an email from Amazon this morning:

“We are writing to inform you that we need to refund your purchase of the book ‘One Hundred Year Of Solitude‘.  This book was added to our catalog by a third-party who we now believe did not have the rights to make the book available for sale. We will be removing the book from our servers, making it unavailable for re-downloading from your archived items. Any copies you already have on your Kindle devices will not be removed, but you may choose to remove any such copies yourself.  The total refund amount of $0.99 will be credited to your account in 3-5 business days.  We apologize for the inconvenience. Any information and assistance you might need on your Kindle can be found. . . .  Please note: this e-mail was sent from a notification-only address that cannot accept incoming e-mail. Please do not reply to this message.” 

I am particularly irked by the fact that I cannot reply to their message and there is no announcement of this on their website.  I will not be deleting this item from my Kindle.  We will see if it disappears automatically.