Three years ago, Amazon remotely deleted copies of George Orwell’s 1984 in an ironically stupid move. Now, blindingly following and promptly falling in the same trap, Barnes & Nobles repeats the mistake – the classic War & Peace is already in public domain and B&N brought it back in a nook–shotten move. The Ocracoke Island Journal first spotted the absurdity:
As I was reading, I came across this sentence: ‘It was as if a light had been Nookd in a carved and painted lantern….’ Thinking this was simply a glitch in the software, I ignored the intrusive word and continued reading. Some pages later I encountered the rogue word again. With my third encounter I decided to retrieve my hard cover book and find the original (well, the translated) text.
For the sentence above I discovered this genuine translation: ‘It was as if a light had been kindled in a carved and painted lantern….’
In short, all instances of the word kindle are [automagically] replaced by the word nook. The incident could be an isolated one but highly unlikely to be a random mistake. The war of digital technologies goes on and peace nowhere to be found. And, yet another important lesson unlearned.