Big Brother Amazon Selling Scrambled Editions of Orwell

1984Over the past couple of years Amazon products and reviews have grown thick with scammers, and it’s spreading through the books now as people print and sell cheap, error-riddled copies of saleable classics.

David Streitfeld ordered some George Orwell and reported on what he got:

If you need a copy of “Animal Farm” or “1984” for school, you’re not going to think too much about who published it. Because all editions of “1984” are the same, right?

Not always, not on Amazon.

More at the NY Times.

~ by lolarusa on August 20, 2019.

3 Responses to “Big Brother Amazon Selling Scrambled Editions of Orwell”

  1. Seems like Amazon could quickly cut back on this problem by putting new publishers through a trial period, and suspending all of the books of a publisher if they’re found slipping garbage like this into a formerly good set of books.

  2. Amazon probably doesn’t want to devote the necessary resources to do that, though the reliability of Amazon as a retailer and a source of product reviews has declined so quickly in the past couple of years that perhaps they will eventually start doing more to stop it.

  3. Yeah, their mantra used to be “customer satisfaction”, but this is so clearly driven by profits. :-(

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