Amazon is the devil, e-books are his demons, and the sky is falling: Part XIV

As part of the on-going effort to create the narrative that only “real” books published by “real” publishers are legitimate and that e-books published electronically by indie authors and small presses are bad and you should never ever ever buy them, NBC news offers this little gem:

I’ll cut to the facts:  An Amazon customer got a replacement Kindle.  She had technical issues with hers and Amazon replaced it free of charge.

Now, in the time between buying the first one and getting her replacement, she moved from the UK to Norway.  When she tried to log into her account, which had been set up in the UK, from a server in Norway, she found that her account was suspended.  She contacted Amazon customer service, and they fixed the problem.

Yep, a real horror story.  I got chills.

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About MishaBurnett

I am the author of "Catskinner's Book", a science fiction novel available on Amazon Kindle. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B008MPNBNS
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8 Responses to Amazon is the devil, e-books are his demons, and the sky is falling: Part XIV

  1. While I will always believe that a “real” book is superior due to the fact that I like the feel of the pages in my hands, I believe that ebooks have their place and are wonderful things. They’re convenient and much less expensive. You can take them anywhere and read them in the dark without a flashlight. Plus, anyone can publish an ebook and that in itself is a great thing.

  2. Doug Daniel says:

    So Amazon reserves the right to set the rules to their sandbox? Knew that. Yeah, it would probably be a little more honest to say “rent” instead of “buy”, but I’m not going to make a Federal case out of it. Thanks for the cutting-edge news story, NBC. Not.

  3. LindaGHill says:

    Ahhhhh!!! *hides in a corner*

  4. I don’t think I’ll be able to sleep tonight. The nightmares are real. Thanks a lot, Misha.

  5. Ha ha ha. Good lord. I love when an anecdotal instance is used to proclaim a whole industry dysfunctional.

  6. Oloriel says:

    It might make sense if Amazon was not selling a single paperback copy whatsoever. Right now, the news sounds like jibberish.

  7. sknicholls says:

    Why then, are most traditional publishers jumping on the bandwagon to assure their books are ALSO published in digital copy? There are still some (even established authors) who are published only is print copy and guess what? They are not selling well.

  8. Harliqueen says:

    I buy more e-books than ‘real’ books, just because of convenience and price. Every market has their audience 🙂

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