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Let authors’ words stand

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Technology is truly phenomenal. A publisher simply enters “replace _____ with ____,” checks a box “wherever the first word appears”, and instantly replacement text appears and the original text is gone forever. Instantly, by changing one word in Twain’s Huck Finn, history was changed: every black American became a slave overnight! I’m not sure every black American wants that legacy. (Note: I left out the word “African”: not all blacks came from Africa). Just imagine. Hitler wouldn’t have had to start all those bonfires. If Kindle and iBooks replace the written word, fact itself becomes an oxymoron. Orwell called it Newspeak. I call it frightening. Publishers shouldn’t have such a prerogative and morally should refrain from such activity. Bill Minor, Foresthill