Amazon.com Inc. is offering free books or $30 to Kindle customers whose copies of the George Orwell novels "1984" and "Animal Farm" were deleted from their electronic reading devices in July, reports the Associated Press. When Amazon erased the books from Kindles, citing a problem with the rights to the books, the company issued refunds to the buyers. But the episode startled many Kindle customers, who didn’t know Amazon had the neo-Orwellian ability to erase content that had already been purchased and downloaded to their devices. It prompted an apology from Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, who said deleting the books from Kindles to address the rights question was "stupid, thoughtless, and painfully out of line with our principles." In an e-mail sent Sept. 3 to Kindle owners whose books were erased, Amazon offered to redeliver the titles to their eBook readers for free, along with any annotations users had made–or the customers can get a $30 Amazon.com gift certificate or a $30 check. The July deletion prompted a Shelby Township, Mich., high school student to sue Amazon. Jay Edelson, a Chicago-based lawyer who filed the lawsuit, said he was pushing ahead with the suit despite Amazon’s olive branch, which he called a public-relations move by the company…

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