Is the Espresso Book Machine the next Underground Railroad?

Slate Magazine has a pretty nifty rundown of the sudden disappearance of 1984 and Animal Farm (oh, the irony is really too much) from Kindles worldwide–and the implications of the truly wild level of control over readers’ libraries the Kindle gives Amazon. I’ve felt for some time that publishing books that fall outside mainstream sensibilities is a public service in support of free expression; until this morning it never occurred to me that the act of creating physical printed copies might be as important a part of the equation as giving the author a voice in the first place.

Somewhere, Orwell is just nodding…and lighting up another joint.

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