Banished from Amazon

This is [a troubling story][]: a Norwegian woman appears to have run afoul of Amazon.com and they won’t tell her why nor what she had done. Her account has been terminated and all her DRMed content is revoked: the contents of her Kindle are gone.

No matter her innocence nor her guilt, if you read the responses from Amazon: they aren’t going to tell her anything. At all.

I think I’ll stick with paper books for a while. I don’t see Amazon sending thugs to my house to grab them back if we have any kind of squabble.

And that’s the problem with DRM content that remains only licensed to the consumer: you’re renting and you only get to continue to rent at the pleasure of the landlord. You don’t own it.

[a troubling story]: http://www.bekkelund.net/2012/10/22/outlawed-by-amazon-drm/