Thursday, September 29, 2011

Welcome to the new millenium

Just received the following e-mail from the new gatekeepers to the world of "books":

We're writing about your past Kindle purchase of Reamde: A Novel by Neal Stephenson. The version you received had Missing Content that have been corrected.

An updated version of Reamde: A Novel (ASIN:B004XVN0WW) is now available. It's important to note that when we send you the updated version, you will no longer be able to view any highlights, bookmarks, and notes made in your current version and your furthest reading location will be lost.

If you wish to receive the updated version, please reply to this email with the word "Yes" in the first line of your response. Within 2 hours of receiving the e-mail any device that has the title currently downloaded will be updated automatically if the wireless is on.


Christian Lindke said...

Looks like spam to me. I would worry more that this was an attempt to see if an email address is accurate than a real thing.

This is information that could easily be conveyed through the whispersync network to your Kindle directly instead of through a more publicly available medium like email.

Tulkinghorn said...

Luckily it was genuine and I'm now the owner of a brand spanking new edition of Reamde -- unless the fraudsters have also infiltrated Whispersync or whatever it's called.

The Kindle delivery system is really terrible as a push medium. I don't ever turn on its reception capability unless I've actually ordered something and only go to the 'home' when I'm starting a new book.

David Chute said...

Any idea what was missing?

Tulkinghorn said...

Especially relevant question since I'd read a couple of hundred pages... (I had noticed a couple of garbled sentences, though.) I'm sure someone somewhere has figured it out.

One disadvantage of the Kindle? Once you lose your place, its really hard to find it again. No visual clues.

David Chute said...

Pushing "back" repeatedly usually works, as if web browsing. That or "search," if you can remember a few consecutive words.

Tulkinghorn said...

Perhaps I should have said unpleasant and boring instead of hard.