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How Amazon Handles Kindle Typos

kindleblog.jpgWhen a Wired writer discovered a glaring typo in the Kindle edition of Stephen Hunter‘s new novel, I, Sniper, he also uncovered some unexpected facts about Kindle typos.

When journalist Steven Levy reported the Kindle typo to the publisher, Amazon.com quickly repaired the file. However, the company will not update the file for Kindle users who bought the book without permission from the Kindle customer. The policy prevents the kind of Kindle library tampering that angered Kindle users last year.

Here’s more from the Wired article: “According to Amazon.com’s Drew Herdner, ‘When we find a copyediting or formatting error in a book, we ask the publisher for a new file and replace the one in the Kindle Store so that new purchases of the book do not have the error. We will update the file for a book a customer has already purchased only when the customer asks us to.’”

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Amazon CEO Knocks Google Books Settlement

amlogo.gifOne publishing giant has criticized another in the race for 21st Century readers. In a recent New York City conference, Wired’s Steven Levy interviewed Amazon.com, Inc. CEO Jeff Bezos, eliciting some juicy comments about Google and the future of the book.

Google and the Authors Guild are working to finalize a controversial settlement to the Guild’s lawsuit over Google’s efforts to scan millions of pages of books into an online database. According to the Wall Street Journal, Bezos remained coy about his specific criticisms of Google and the company’s massive effort to digitize libraries.

Here’s the most dramatic quote about the Google settlement: “It doesn’t seem right that you should do something–kind of get a prize for violating a large series of copyrights … You just can’t believe that’s the way it actually works.” (Via Publishers Weekly)