Is Buying a Kindle Worth the Risk?

Ever since the first Amazon Kindle was announced, I always knew that a part of me really wanted to own the device. Back then, and even up to now, the prospect of an e-reader seems like the future. Having to carry only one device, yet also having monster battery life and a killer e-book library, seems like a dream come true. And when the company finally announced the Kindle Paperwhite, my eagerness to purchase a Kindle was never stronger...

...until this post came to light.

It opened up a genuine fear inside me. Not only was the person completely locked out of the Amazon ecosystem for good (until Amazon reversed the decision later on), she was not given any reason whatsoever for why she was banned in the first place. The reasons for the ban could be anything, and as a person who similarly lives outside an official Kindle region, and would have to purchase e-books from a different region, I am afraid that I may put myself in a similar position as the person who got banned. Norway is hardly an obscure country on the world map; how much more the risk for a developing nation!

That post is yet another case against the use of DRM, and indeed, it showed the worst fears of DRM come to life. But at the end of the day, I just want a high-quality e-reader that can also access a very reliable library of books, and my guess is Amazon is counting on that reality as well. I want to become a Kindle user and fan; I really do, but for someone who lives outside the US and the UK, what's stopping Amazon's TOS and Murphy's Law from conspiring to rip that dream to shreds? It's a risk bound in completely blind faith, and I don't know if it's worth taking the leap anymore...