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[3]: Not surprising, really!
by _txf_ on Thu 28th Jul 2011 00:21 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Not surprising, really!"
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No-one is forcing Amazon to put a Kindle app on Apple devices yet they willingly do so knowing Apple's record and knowing the terms and conditions (which Apple may change at will).

True. But users of Apple devices and of Kindle get crippled apps. Where the required operation to buy a book becomes more complicated. If the user still wants it then they can go trough the website; The question is that apple is deliberatly adding annoyance where there previously was none.

Sure, both amazon and the users may accept this. But it still does not make it right or particularly fair.

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fmaxwell Member since:

There's a simple solution: Quit trying to cheat Apple out of their cut from the ebook sales. Every game vendor seems capable of providing in-app purchases that don't circumvent Apple. It's not the user's fault that Amazon wants access to Apple's entire iPad customer base without paying a percentage when they sell books to those users.

How about bitching about something substantial? Amazon won't allow Kindle owners to purchase books from Apple to read on their Kindles. They aren't just demanding a cut from Apple's sales. They want to be the monopolistic provider of ebooks to every owner of a Kindle.

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Laurence Member since:

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.

The whole thing is a little like Microsoft demanding a cut for every spreadsheet I save in Excel or report I typed in Word.

I mean, where do you draw the line? Should the manufacturers of the capacitive touch screen also get a cut for every book that's loaded because the iPad would be nothing without one. How about Dennis Ritchie getting a cut for inventing C - the grandfather of the language that's central for the iOS. Surely if Apple can claim rights to an income for a book they had no part in, then Ritchie can have a cut for an OS he had no part in developing?

I know they're absurd examples but the point I'm making is Apple have already charged their commission. Consumers have already bought the device and thus paid for the OS and hardware costs plus mark up. Then the developers have paid for the service to have their apps available on Apples App Store. Both of these I wholeheartedly agree with. However then expecting a percentage of every file loaded and deliberately crippling functions that offer alternative loading mechanisms is completely wrong.

Edited 2011-07-29 20:50 UTC

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