The wording is so effective, to my mind, that this will go a long way toward restoring a good bit of the trust they've had from long-time customers.
For my money, it was a classy statement, not put out to the world through a press release but directly to the Kindle community itself. Excellent move.
To check whether it was officially from Amazon, I saw that management had caused the two sticky topics at the top of that forum to become unsticky at the top - one was a Customer Service Announcement thread and the other was a Kindle FAQ given sticky status long ago for customers to help other customers. Only management has the rights to change those placements and I think it was possibly inadvertent while placing his announcement post there:
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Jeffrey P. Bezos says:
This is an apology for the way we previously handled illegally sold copies of 1984 and other novels on Kindle. Our "solution" to the problem was stupid, thoughtless, and painfully out of line with our principles. It is wholly self-inflicted, and we deserve the criticism we've received. We will use the scar tissue from this painful mistake to help make better decisions going forward, ones that match our mission.
With deep apology to our customers,
Founder & CEO
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