Justin Gawronski, the Michigan teenager who sued Amazon.com back in August when they removed his e-copy of 1984, along with all of his homework on the subject, from his Kindle, (see earlier posts here and here) has been awarded $150,000 in his lawsuit. After paying his legal fees, he plans on stupidly donating the rest to charity, but that’s beside the point. Jeff Bezos is out 150 g’s and has had a whole lot of bad PR. Good times.
I guess it remains to be seen if Amazon has 1) learned anything from all of this – which I doubt, judging by the relatively piddling amount they’ve had to pay out or if they’ve 2) circled the wagons so that they can remotely access the Kindles without people noticing. I know I’m being dramatic when I talk about Big Brother and all that (although, the choice of book was absurdly perfect for that purpose) but I still think this whole deal is cause for genuine concern. Before his lawsuit, Gawronski said, “Amazon has just proven that when I buy a book on the Kindle, I don’t really own it.” That’s what’s scary here. Me, I’m stickin’ with paper books.