MS subsidiary promoting pirated ebooks.
February 27, 2012 3:05 PM Subscribe
posted by bystander (31 comments total)
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Daily deals sites have sprung up all over, with even Microsoft and Australia's Channel 9 TV operating one called CUDO
. Last Thursday's bargain (still on sale
) is an ebook reader complete with 4000 books. The listing originally included a link to the 4000 titles
, which has since been removed. The title list includes many best seller books from authors such as J.K. Rowling, Douglas Adams, Stephen King, Bill Bryson and Jack Kerouac amongst others.
The list originally had the heading: 4001_ibooks_for_iphone_and_ipad_epub. 5832264.TPB.torrent
Which corresponds to files on the Pirate Bay, and other torrent sites.
Particularly surprising is Cudo removing the title listing, presumably to diguise the content, rather than pulling the whole deal.
Discussion on a consumer board here.
So far they have sold $190,000+ of readers, but using usual content industry metrics where the retail value of pirated content is counted, Microsoft and Nine have shifted over $150m worth of content. Following on from the Megaupload actions, should we expect arrests at Redmond and Gore Hill?