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Australian daily deal site Cudo, which is backed by Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT), has a great deal for you if you like pirated e-books. Stephen Ki…

Cudo E-reader
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Australian daily deal site Cudo, which is backed by Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT), has a great deal for you if you like pirated e-books. Stephen King and J.K. Rowling, anyone?

From Thursday through this morning, Cudo sold a 7-inch, $99, “color touchscreen,” off-brand, Chinese (judging from the appearance of the icons on the home screen) e-reader bundled with 4,000 e-books on a CD.

The deal was first noticed on Metafilter (and picked up by John Scalzi, who called it “the stupidest thing I have seen on the Internet in a very long time”). A Metafilter user notes that the listing originally included:

The list, removed from Cudo’s original listing but still here, includes many titles under copyright — in addition to those mentioned above, there’s Dan Brown, Clive Cussler and so on.

The deal ended today. As of yesterday, over 2,000 e-readers had been sold. I’ve asked Cudo how it’s going to fulfill the orders, whether it will include the CD of pirated titles, and how this happened in the first place.

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  1. Cudo is one of those “Daily Deals” websites.  My guess is that some idiot on their end automatically posted the “deal” from a Chinese vendor without actually inspecting it to see what it was offering.

    I’ve also read that this type of thing isn’t rare among chinese electronic vendors . . . in China.

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