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Amazon Offers $30 or Redelivery of 1984

Amazon has already apologized for the Big Brother moment that saw the company remotely delete copies of 1984 from customers' Kindles back in July However, the company is today offering some compensation for that move.

Yesterday Amazon emailed affected customers and told them that they were willing to redeliver George Orwell's 1984 to their Kindle. Customers who do not wish to have the ebook redelivered can instead opt for a gift certificate for check for $30.

It's not yet clear how this will effect the lawsuit a student filed against Amazon for deleting his copy of the book along with notes he had made for school. Check out the full letter to Kindle customers below (via the Wall Street Journal).

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  • chaohsiangchen
    "Nineteen-Eighty-Four" by George Orwell should be pre-installed on all e-readers and mandatory reading material for all high school students. None should be able to get high school diploma without finishing the novel and write an essay about it.
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  • tntom
    What a rare apology. Really laying it all on the line there. Few companies today take that much blame. I might start shopping there again.
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  • hellwig
    we would like to offer you the option to have us re-deliver this book to your Kindle along with any annotations you made
    Anyone else wonder why Amazon keeps the annotations you make?
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  • agentjon
    chaohsiangchen"Nineteen-Eighty-Four" by George Orwell should be pre-installed on all e-readers and mandatory reading material for all high school students. None should be able to get high school diploma without finishing the novel and write an essay about it.
    That's the very last thing Obama wants.
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  • agentjon
    tntomWhat a rare apology. Really laying it all on the line there. Few companies today take that much blame. I might start shopping there again.
    Huray for doublethink.
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  • jerther
    chaohsiangchen"Nineteen-Eighty-Four" by George Orwell should be pre-installed on all e-readers and mandatory reading material for all high school students. None should be able to get high school diploma without finishing the novel and write an essay about it.along with "Brave new world".

    I can just agree. The books they made us read in high school here were so damn dull and crappy!! And worst of all, filled with child molesting criminals...
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  • doomtomb
    Isn't Nineteen Eight Four less than $30? So couldn't you just take the $30 and then buy it again and still have money left over?
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  • tayb
    So... they removed your copy of the book from YOUR kindle and saved the notes you made on it? Um....
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  • precariousgray
    hellwigAnyone else wonder why Amazon keeps the annotations you make?I could see this being a useful feature if your device needed to be replaced for whatever reason, but still something which raises an eyebrow.
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  • lifelesspoet
    They should add to the irony and offer a $19.84 rebate.
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