Friday, Jul 17, 2009
I bought The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy for my Kindle several months ago, and I recently got an email from Amazon:
We've been made aware of an issue with the title 'The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy' by Douglas Adams. We worked to correct the issue and have sent a new version of the title to your Kindle.While not as Orwellian as Amazon's recent revoking of Animal Farm and 1984, it's still a bit odd to have Amazon reach into my book and fiddle with the words. I'm saving my current version so that I can track what change was important enough to retcon the book. That said, the slightly disturbing message from Amazon is tempered by either coincidence or a tremendously witty Douglas Adams fan, as the letter closes with
We apologize for the inconveniencewhich, in the Hitchhiker's universe, is also God's final message to his creation. I think I feel good about it.
Also on Fury: Are Amazon's book revocations legal?
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