walkitout (walkitout) wrote,

Minor Complaints on Kindle: scambooks, hotlinks


David Chernicoff says his fiancee asked him to buy a book on the kindle. The item in question was really short, not particularly useful, and laden with spammy hotlinks. He was surprised.

"Based on Larry’s Kindle publishing experiment blog, I expected something that fit the guidelines that were mentioned, at least in terms of length (10-30K words), with content that had seen some sort of approval process. Instead I got a thousand words of vacuous advice and hotlinks to online scams."

Chernicoff complained and got his money back and was informed that, "Larry’s article had been about self-publishing a Kindle Single, the eBook in question was not a Single and that singles do all require a certain length and price, and are editorially curated."

You could therefore interpret Chernicoff's complaint as, hey! There's no editorial process here. However, his proposed solution is a little different:

"Although I don’t expect Amazon to employ a corps of readers to evaluate the content of the eBooks that are found throughout the Kindle Store, it might behoove them to disable the ability to hotlink content from within these documents to minimize their potential as a vector for malicious software attacks."

Once again, someone identifies an area in which the vast liberty offered by ebooks creates an opportunity for something unpleasant to happen, and proposes a solution which is ridiculously onerous to the wrong people in an effort to solve it.

I find it extremely odd that people are so fearful about ebooks. I suspect this is somehow a put-up bit of outrage.

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