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Amazon Donates 2,000 Kindles To Wounded Veterans

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  • by stox (131684) on Monday November 12, 2012 @07:16PM (#41961509) Homepage

    I hope so, kinda useless otherwise. Of course, only one place to buy that content from.

  • by jhoegl (638955) on Monday November 12, 2012 @07:17PM (#41961519)
    That isnt even the best part. They still have to pay for books to read.
    Probably more of a profit for them than anything. "Donate".... please, it is nothing more than a scam anymore.
  • Please don't (Score:5, Insightful)

    by YodasEvilTwin (2014446) on Monday November 12, 2012 @07:23PM (#41961563) Homepage

    They're also promising to hire at least 1,200 more veterans within the next year at fulfillment centers around the country through Amazon's Military Talent Program."

    Amazon's warehouses are the closest thing the US has to Foxconn-style conditions. Obviously there is no serious comparison to be had but I wouldn't wish that job on anyone, much less a veteran. Make with the robots already and let's find a better way to make sure seniors and the disabled have money and work.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday November 12, 2012 @07:35PM (#41961653)

    http://www.gutenberg.org/ is all these soldiers need, e-ink screens are great and there's no need to pay Amazon if they want great classics.

  • by BrokenHalo (565198) on Monday November 12, 2012 @07:51PM (#41961771)
    Just as devil's advocate for the moment, since my preference is for the Sony readers, but...

    You can download content from all sorts of places, and if you use Calibre (a great program, BTW) to manage your library, I understand you can use pretty much whatever device you want, and it will convert the format (if required) to whatever device you have. There are ways to strip any DRM if you have to. (Who cares if that's legal? If you've paid for a book, it's yours, just the same as if it's printed on paper.)

    It doesn't do to spit on Amazon here. Sure they may have ulterior motives, but there was nothing forcing them to make these donations, and they're certainly not hurting you or me.

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