You Got Owned
Microsoft is about to delete its eBook store. And when it goes, so too will every single book that anyone bought on the platform.
Those soon-to-be disgruntled readers will get full refunds, BBC reports, but the shutdown serves as a reminder of the transience of the internet — and how even media people think they own can be deleted with the push of a button.
In another recent example of the same phenomenon, Myspace deleted over a decade of music history when the surprisingly-extant social media site migrated across servers last month.
And while the news prompted countless jokes from people who were relieved that a record of their cringey teenage years had been erased, it also demonstrated how quickly things stored on the internet can be lost forever.