Sunday, March 4, 2012

Sharing Not Supported: How Amazon bowed to publishers and destroyed the Kindle

Amazon.  For every advantage the technology gives you, I can't believe you let the publishers take it from you.  I just finished reading Stephen King's brilliant 11/22/63.  When I reached the end of the book, I was offered the chance to tweet that I had finished the book, adding a link to the book and essentially advertising the book and the Kindle that I used to read it.  I said okay.  It then responded with the error message that has been the bane of my kindle existance:  SHARING NOT SUPPORTED.

Why Amazon?  Why did you even bother making an electronic book if you planned to take everything that made it new and exciting away?  Sure I could tweet excerpts from the book and share my progress as I read it, but I wouldn't be able to use my kindle's built in wifi and keyboard and the technological ability to do so, because Amazon, once a marketplace, now a technology company gave that technology away to the short-sighted publishers who will not exist in a few years.  They gave it away.  They allowed them to lock the books and keep them away from the modern features that could keep them alive.  They said you may pay for the book, you may pay for the reader, but if you want to share a quote or announce that you finished the book, you can't.  Book Publishers are afraid of the future and afraid of technology and instead of convincing them that they were wrong, Amazon just went along with it and destroyed the Kindle.

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