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October 26, 2012

Amazon delete’s a user’s entire Kindle library, restores it and then starts lending ebooks for free to Prime members

Filed under: Books Related,My Thoughts — Suramya @ 9:28 PM

A few days ago Amazon deleted the entire e-book library of a kindle user without explanation and the internet was in an uproar with multiple people including prominent author’s protesting against the move by Amazon; then a few days later the account was mysteriously re-enabled without any explanation. This is the *one* reason I don’t own a kindle even though its a fantastic device. I almost bought it last month during my US trip but ultimately decided not to because I don’t want the usability of my device to be on the whim & fancy of Amazon. They have deleted stuff from accounts in the past without notification and even after promising not to do it again they went ahead and wiped out this user’s kindle. I anyways don’t support DRM so that is another reason I don’t buy ebooks from Amazon (They are awesome for other stuff but not ebooks/mp3’s/online movies etc).

If you own a kindle I seriously suggest you keep a local copy of all the books you buy ’cause you never know when the book might disappear. There was an article on Lifehacker.com on how to remove the DRM that makes interesting reading as this article was prompted by the same news story as what I am talking about. Check it out, but remember only use it to break the DRM from stuff you own, don’t use it to pirate stuff ’cause that is not cool.

Today while surfing the web I saw an article on the Reg that Amazon UK will lend e-books for free to it’s Prime subscribers. I guess it could be a planned move that just coincidentally came at a time when Amazon was getting a lot of heat for their bonehead move earlier but the timing is suspicious….

Well this is all for now. Will post more later.

– Suramya

Additional articles on the Kindle Wipe: Gizmodo.

October 22, 2012

Did something new. Had to use a Bookmark for my novel.

Filed under: My Life — Suramya @ 11:55 PM

As some of you know I read a lot, read quite fast and hate leaving books in the middle; which is why I normally finish a novel in one sitting and have rarely ever used a book mark for a novel. Most of the bookmarks I get with books usually end up being misplaced or stuck inside a book, never to be used. But not this time… Things have been a bit hectic for the past few weeks and because of that I actually got to use a bookmark for the purpose its supposed to and it felt weird. For the past few weeks I have been trying to finish a book (Finally finished it yesterday BTW) and by the time I got time to start reading it would be late at night and I would be so exhausted that could barely read a chapter before crashing for the night.

It took almost a two weeks to finish a book which would normally take me about 2-3 hours. Makes me miss the times when I used to get the time to read multiple books a day. 🙁 Ah well, hopefully I will get a bit more free time to read in the future.

Now I think I need to go crash as I have an early morning tomorrow.

– Suramya

October 10, 2012

Tired but still alive

Filed under: My Life — Suramya @ 2:18 AM

So I haven’t posted here for a while. Not because I didn’t have anything to say but because I was too busy traveling and at work. In the past few months I have done:

Banglore -> Abu Dabi -> Jersey City/New York -> Fort Worth, Texas -> Dallas, Texas -> Austin, Texas -> San Antonio, Texas -> Dallas, Texas -> New York -> Washington DC -> New York -> Abu Dabi -> Bangalore -> New Delhi -> Bangalore.

This doesn’t include the short trips I made to various places in NJ while I was there. 🙂 Have a lot of photos but need time to catch my breath now that I am back home and can stop living out of my suitcase.

Its late and I am tired plus I have an early morning meeting tomorrow so going to crash now. Will write more later.

– Suramya

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