All’s Well That Orwells

All’s Well That Orwells

Recently, there was quite a newsflap when Amazon removed a George Orwell title from customers’ Kindles without asking them first.  The publisher, MobileReference, has reportedly claimed that the book was only intended for the Australian market (where the included material would be in the public domain), and that Amazon put it in the Kindle store (which sells in the US market, where rights clearance would be required), contradicting MobileReference’s intent.  While  much has been written about it, and I think there is more to come, I thought I’d go for a little lighter piece. 

So, in honor of the Australian connection, All’s Well That Orwells is sung to the tune of Waltzing Matilda.  :)

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Once a jolly Kindler downloaded some George Orwell
A-wanting to read Ninety Eighty-four
With a 1-click (a slick trick) he started reading right
away
“I’ll take a break then later I’ll read more”

“Whispernet brought it, Whispernet brought it
Whispernet brought my George Orwell to me”
So he sang as he watched and waited for his Emily
“Whispernet brought my George Owell to me!”

Next morn he woke up: then he woke his Kindle up
Checked for new items and what did he see?
Gone was Big Brother, though he flipped through ev’ry page
“Whispernet took my George Orwell from me!”

“Whispernet took it, Whispernet took it
Whisperment took my George Orwell from me!”
Gone was Big Brother, though he flipped through ev’ry page
“Whispernet took my George Orwell from me!”

Up jumped the bloggers, writing on the internet
Out came a lawsuit, one, two, three
“Where is my Big Brother?
You took away my homework notes!”
“Whispernet took my George Orwell from me!”

“Whispernet took it, Whispernet took it
Whisperment took my George Orwell from me!”
Gone was Big Brother, though they flipped through ev’ry
page
“Whispernet took my George Orwell from me!”

Jeff Bezos posted, “We will not do that anymore…
“We have behaved pretty stupidly”
Though the books were illegal and people got a full refund
Whispernet still took George Orwell away

Whispernet took it, Whispernet took it
Whispernet still took George Orwell away
Of all of the books for Amazon to disappear
Whispernet still took George Orwell away
Oh, Whispernet still took George Orwell away

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog.

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