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LIANE HANSEN, host:
(Soundbite of song, "1984")
You may have heard about the case of the disappearing eBooks, and we're not talking about a new Nancy Drew novel. The online retailer Amazon deleted some of George Orwell's books from its Kindle readers after it discovered that the books had come from an unauthorized reseller. Orwell lovers were not happy about the Orwellian solution.
Mr. JUSTIN GAWRONSKI: I saw the story about Amazon removing George Orwell books from people's Kindles, and "1984" was the last book that I was reading. So I went upstairs, threw my Kindle on, within a few seconds, the screen refreshed and it was completely gone from my device.
HANSEN: That was Justin Gawronski, a 17-year-old high school student in Michigan. He's suing Amazon over the deletion of his book. To find out more about Justin's case, go to npr.org/soapbox and read the latest from Queena Kim and cyberfrequencies.com, a Web site and podcast devoted to stories that are buzzing on the Web. It's all part of Maker's Quest, a project of the Association of Independence in Radio and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
(Soundbite of song, "1984)
Mr. DAVID BOWIE (Musician): (Singing) 1984. 1984. 1984. 1984. 1984.
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