Just adding another voice of support for Bruji finding another way to bring back PocketPedia. I rely on this app to check whether I have a particular book or edition of a book, as well as to quickly keep tabs of books lent out.
I have been a "prime" member of Amazon for a few years now, and — despite all my reservations of giving so much information about me to a corporation — I have been buying many of my books through them. Such strong-arm tactics remind us all that the more friendly a corporation's PR, the more we should be worried. My point simply being that I'd rather give up Amazon, and take my business elsewhere using bookfinder.com and the like, than give up PocketPedia.
Of course, I know this doesn't make good business sense for the people at Bruji — I know nothing compares to Amazon for their needs. So let me just request that you do find a way to bring back PocketPedia.
And I think this episode should also make us reflect on what such a large company like Amazon can effectively do to other smaller, reliant companies. If they did this to mobile apps, are there any guarantees they wouldn't do this to desktop apps in the future? And if that is a possibility, then perhaps companies like Bruji would need to have a 'plan B' in case such privately-held information as received from Amazon might be a liability in the long-term? I'm not well-read on these topics, but are there no open-source projects that could replace this reliance, especially if developers such as Bruji and Delicious Monster got behind them?
To top it off, I just saw this: eBook pulled not just off of Amazon, but off of people's Kindles. http://pogue.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/07/17/some-e-books-are-more-equal-than-others/
I understand the idea of "pirated books", but still — the ability to pull these things off of people's machine's without warning is a bit 1984 itself, isn't it?
Sorry for the rant. But I think we should reflect on what this all means insofar as digital access to information and corporations/large companies are concerned.
All the best to Bruji.