usb-c-wins-it-all1-640x360Remember the horror stories we’ve carried about USB-C cables that could potentially brick your e-reader? Happily, Amazon has finally taken notice. TechCrunch and various other sites are reporting that Amazon has tightened up its regulations on USB-C cables, so it will no longer carry products that are not compliant with standard USB specifications.

The announcement was spotted by Google engineer Benson Leung, who has become known for meticulously reviewing USB-C cables on Amazon after one destroyed his Pixel C tablet. Leung cheers the news, but reminds us that we need to “continue to be vigilant” for bad products, both on Amazon and in brick and mortar stores.

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TeleRead Editor Chris Meadows has been writing for us--except for a brief interruption--since 2006. Son of two librarians, he has worked on a third-party help line for Best Buy and holds degrees in computer science and communications. He clearly personifies TeleRead's motto: "For geeks who love books--and book-lovers who love gadgets." Chris lives in Indianapolis and is active in the gamer community.


  1. These aren’t the only trashy products being sold on Amazon. Look at the fake Apple products for example. They’re poor imitations typically sold on direct-from-China websites like AliExpress for a pittance. Imported, the same junk is marked up five-fold and put on Amazon, where it draws a long chain of one-star, ‘broke when I got it’ reviews. There’s no excuse for Amazon to host such sellers.

    Far too much of what’s sold on Amazon is done so under the “let the buyer beware” policy.


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