The whole world's an open book

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This new feature at Amazon that lets you search on the complete text of a book is just the tiniest bit scary....

Search on my name.

Click into the excerpts that pop up. Theoretically you could read a whole book at Amazon and never pay for it. Explain to me again how this is different from file sharing? Oh, yeah, because it's the publisher devaluing the author's work instead of lawless criminals at home.

Maybe it's not that dire a development, but I can't help but feel a prickle on the back of my neck as I play with this feature.

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