The issue isn’t that Amazon has erased material from people’s Kindles, or de-ranked gay and lesbian writers, but that it can.

LATimes Book Editor David L. Ulin wrote an excellent piece on the danger of allowing Amazon to be a monopolistic cultural curator.

Last week, in a stunning display of public irony, remotely deleted digital copies of George Orwell’s novels “1984” and “Animal Farm” from customers’ Kindles after learning that the electronic publisher of these works, MobileReference, did not have the rights to them. For a couple of days, observers in print and on the Web outdid themselves, noting that in “1984,” government censors rewrite history by consigning offending news items to an incinerator chute known as the memory hole.

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