Today another incident casts into relief the contingent nature of electronic books â€” how readily they are not only deleted or censored, but altered.Â The Nook version of War and Peace had changed every instance of â€œkindleâ€ or â€œkindledâ€ into â€œNookâ€ and â€œNookdâ€…
Just remember: editors matter
Rogue self-publishers have been stuffing the comics sections of the Nook and Kindle online stores with an entirely different kind of graphic novel, turning Barnes & Noble’s flagship device briefly into a “Nookie Tablet.”
It’s a rule of the Internet. Stop editing and moderating, just for a minute, and everything will turn to porn and spam. That seems to have happened on the Nook, and, to a lesser extent, the Kindle.
Self-publishing has turned bookstore shelves from “seller cares” to “buyer beware,” with apparently no guarantees of quality or even that the content is what it says it is. With Barnes & Noble and Amazon apparently abdicating any preemptive editorial control, it’s now a free-for-all online.
â€œLibraries are a critical part of our communities,â€ Jay Marine, director of Kindle at Amazon, said in a statement. â€œAnd weâ€™re excited to be making Kindle books available at more than 11,000 local libraries around the country.â€
The introduction of the Kindle, the biggest-selling e-reader, opens up library e-books to a wider audience, heightening the fears of publishers that many customers will turn to libraries for reading material. If that happens, e-book buyers could become e-book borrowers, leading to a potentially damaging loss of revenue for an industry grappling with a profound shift in consumer reading habits.