Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 26th Jul 2011 21:14 UTC
Apple Petty Apple is petty. Amazon, Kobo, and others have changed their applications to conform to Apple's App Store rules, and if there's one word that describes the situation these booksellers are in, it's petty. Still, it's leading to good things: Kobo has announced it's going to bypass the App Store by writing an HTML5 e-reader for iOS (and thus, for other HTML5-capable mobile devices).
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RE[6]: Not surprising, really!
by fmaxwell on Sun 31st Jul 2011 12:37 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: Not surprising, really!"
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"There's a simple solution: Quit trying to cheat Apple out of their cut from the ebook sales.

It's not Apple's cut though. Apple aren't owed a cut of every sale of every single file that gets loaded onto iOS.

It's their App Store. They set the terms and conditions. If they say that they are owed a cut, then they are owed a cut. If you don't like it, then don't distribute your app through Apple's App Store. What is so confusing about that?

With the iPad having outsold the Kindle at 20 to 1 (and growing), I'm sure that Amazon wants to sell books to Apple's customers. But Apple already sells books through their iTunes store. Amazon didn't pay Apple to distribute their Kindle app. Amazon didn't help to pay for the cost to develop the iPad or to set up the App Store. And now they want to use that app to lure Apple's customers away from the iTunes store for ebook purchases -- and you're angry that Apple wants some compensation? Amazing.

This is no different than a brick and morter store situation. You can't go into a Walmart and hand out ads for your competing business, while not compensating Walmart in any way.

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