My curiosity was definitely nookd by this story.
While this doesn’t seem to have been an act of censorship or anything nefarious by Barnes and Noble itself, this does point to just how terrifying ebooks can be if we aren’t careful. In the future, when we are dealing with the entirety of human knowledge, we better be careful with the find and replace function. And we better make sure we control our computer systems so that other people can’t nook us without our permission.
As someone who read War and Peace in paper form, much of it in bed, I definitely empathized with this:
Some weeks ago I decided that I wanted to read Tolstoy’s War and Peace. Lou Ann loaned me her copy. At more than 1100 pages, reading it in bed required as much strength as balancing a box of bricks in my hands. In my senior years I have developed arthritis in my thumbs, which made the effort not only difficult, but painful.