That ain’t smart that’s creepy: destroying e-books edition

A cautionary tale from Maria Konnikova over at The Atlantic about the ease with which e-books can be recalled and effectively un-published:

And what happens when there actually aren’t any physical books behind those electronic versions—and then a publisher or retailer not only removes all links to the book in question, but then proceeds to remove the already purchased book from your reading device? Imagine: When all of your books are in digital form, what is the backup system if they are of a sudden removed?

{via andrew sullivan}

This issue will become only more pronounced as more and more of us move our books, music, and other media into the cloud. It even weirds me out that the iPhone version of The New Yorker is occasionally updated, with no announcement as to what has changed. Call me old fashioned, but I’m sticking with paper.