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Monday, June 6, 2016

Amazon Secretly Nixes "1984" from Kindle (What Does This Have To Do With The Remnant?)

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This from i09.gizmodo.com: "Thousands of people last week discovered that Amazon had quietly removed electronic copies of George Orwell's 1984 from their Kindle e-book readers. In the process, Amazon revealed how easy censorship will be in the Kindle age.

"In this case, the mass e-book removals were motivated by copyright . A company called MobileReference, who did not own the copyrights to the books 1984 and Animal Farm, uploaded both books to the Kindle store and started selling them. When the rights owner heard about this, they contacted Amazon and asked that the e-books be removed. And Amazon decided to erase them not just from the store, but from all the Kindles where they'd been downloaded. Amazon operators used the Kindle wireless network, called WhisperNet, to quietly delete the books from people's devices and refund them the money they'd paid.

"An uproar followed, with outraged customers pointing out the irony that Amazon was deleting copies of a novel about a fascist media state that constantly alters history by changing digital records of what has happened." READ ARTICLE HERE

REMNANT COMMENT: This story was sent to us by a Remnant subscriber who attached the simple note: "Michael: Please keep The Remnant on paper."  Indeed, maintaining The Remnant's print-edition is an extremely costly and time-consuming endeavor. In fact, it is hands down the most expensive arm of our apostolate, and makes little sense from a modern business model point of view.

But, as we see it, The Remnant needs to do two things: Take into account those who as a matter of principle avoid the Internet (especially older readers who prefer newsprint), and also anticipate an uncertain future on the Internet in which all things Christian may well become illegal hate speech. We have no intention of placing our ability to communicate with the worldwide remnant and to defend the Christian family and the Kingship of Christ entirely in the hands of the lords of the Internet, whoever or whatever they might be now or in the future.

Please pray for us, that we will be able to maintain The Remnant in both its print- and e-edition.  And if you have not yet subscribed to The Remnant, please help us by doing so today:

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Michael J. Matt | Editor

Michael J. Matt has been an editor of The Remnant since 1990. Since 1994, he has been the newspaper's editor. A graduate of Christendom College, Michael Matt has written hundreds of articles on the state of the Church and the modern world. He is the host of The Remnant Underground and Remnant TV's The Remnant Forum. He's been U.S. Coordinator for Notre Dame de Chrétienté in Paris--the organization responsible for the Pentecost Pilgrimage to Chartres, France--since 2000.  Mr. Matt has led the U.S. contingent on the Pilgrimage to Chartres for the last 24 years. He is a lecturer for the Roman Forum's Summer Symposium in Gardone Riviera, Italy. He is the author of Christian Fables, Legends of Christmas and Gods of Wasteland (Fifty Years of Rock ‘n’ Roll) and regularly delivers addresses and conferences to Catholic groups about the Mass, home-schooling, and the culture question. Together with his wife, Carol Lynn and their seven children, Mr. Matt currently resides in St. Paul, Minnesota.