Georgetown professor James J. O’Donnell discovered the hard way that eBooks are not the best reading companions when traveling in Singapore. Instead of being able to crack open an eBook, he updated his Google Books app which undownloaded his entire library.

He explains the story in an email that he sent to Liblicense Archive – DRM Follies:

I noticed that several of my iPad apps had updates on offer, so I clicked and approved.  One of them was Google Play. When it finished and I went to open the app, it told me that it needed to update my book files and this might take several minutes.  Time passed and the screen filled in the covers of the 30 or 40 titles I keep live on the machine.  Two of them were books I am actively reading for my teaching this fall. Read more