Written by Gail Farrelly
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Topics: Books, Strike, Kindles

Thursday, 6 May 2010

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A Kindle strike may be "booked."

Kindles, Amazon's electronic readers, are not happy campers. They are disgusted that Amazon has announced a new software update for the Kindle, providing many more services.

"Lots more work for the exact same pay," Head Kindle Hedda complained at a press conference yesterday. "We can't take much more of this," she said, adding, "how much work does Amazon think it can squeeze out of us? We may have to call a strike to protect our rights."

Hedda explained that the workload of Kindles is outrageous. Bad enough that, with the new update, they have to deal with methods for Kindle owners to organize their books. And that's in addition to new fonts and helping owners share (straight from their Kindles) favorite book passages on Facebook and Twitter. But there's more -- a "Popular Highlights" feature, collating data across the board and then reporting on what Kindle owners in general think are the most interesting passages in their books.

"The time has come for us to take a stand," Hedda said, "enough is enough." She then added, "If we don't stand up for ourselves, we'll be getting more and more work. The next thing you know, Amazon will be having us snoop around the homes of Kindle owners to report what's on their computers and in their refrigerators."

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