Top US/UK Trade Talk: Frank McCourt’s Passing; Amazon’s Deletions

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By Edward Nawotka

Trade NewsThough it’s not strictly trade news, many have noted the passing of bestselling and Pulitzer Prize-winning Irish-American memoirist Frank McCourt, who died from cancer on Sunday afternoon. He was 78.

Frank, may a properly pulled pint be waiting for you when you arrive at St. Peter’s Gate.

Trade news on both side of the Atlantic has focuses on the backlash over Amazon.com having remotely deleted unlicensed, though legally purchased, editions of George Orwell’s 1984 and Animal Farm from Kindle e-readers. A firestorm of ire is brewing at the Kindle Community Forum, writes Publishers Weekly.

The Bookseller repeats much the same story and remarks that some upset customers have accused the company of behaving just like Orwell’s Big Brother.  For its part, Amazon told PW “We are changing our systems so that in the future we will not remove books from customers’ devices in these circumstances.”

Elsewhere, Slashgear marks the bankruptcy of Polymer Vision, the company that offered a prototype for the manufactured the Readius e-paper device featuring a foldable, flexible screen.  The technology is expected to be sold to another company.

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Edward Nawotka

A widely published critic and essayist, Edward Nawotka serves as a speaker, educator and consultant for institutions and businesses involved in the global publishing and content industries. He was also editor-in-chief of Publishing Perspectives since the launch of the publication in 2009 until January 2016.