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Apple not allowing iBooks with Amazon links

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Apple not allowing iBooks with Amazon links
Apple's new iBook service lets authors self-publish, but as one author found out you better not link to Amazon in your text.  Seth Godin's iBook submission was rejected by Apple not because he had objectionable material, but because he linked to Amazon's bookstore.  We've seen similar policy with iOS apps not being allowed to point to an outside link to purchase a subscription (effectively getting around Apple's cut), but keep in mind that Mr. Godin wasn't linking to his own book on Amazon.  The links were to reference material used in his book, and they pointed to printed editions of the books that aren't available in digital format or from Apple.  iBooks is a very cool way for authors to get their work out that otherwise couldn't, but this is just another example of Apple ruling their ecosystem with an iron-handed, irrational fist.

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posted on 01 Mar 2012, 08:55 9

1. andro. (Posts: 1936; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


Apple hates competition,especially with that which equals or betters its products. this reaction is not a surprise

posted on 01 Mar 2012, 11:05 3

9. tluv00 (Posts: 134; Member since: 18 Oct 2007)


They ban apps that compete with features they have (Evi banned because of Siri) but not across the board. It's a pick and choose system they use.

posted on 02 Mar 2012, 09:06

19. corps1089 (Posts: 492; Member since: 20 Jan 2010)


or in some instances, it could be said Apple bans features that they wish they thought of themselves, and then release them at a later date: stating they already had them in the works...

posted on 01 Mar 2012, 20:46 1

16. iwebdroidberry7 (Posts: 230; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)


Google books doesn't let you import any books at all.... but lets ignore that fact.

posted on 01 Mar 2012, 20:48 1

17. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


none of them let you import books from other services. they are not compatible. they are not in the same format. its not possible. the issue isnt importing books. read the article before commenting.. geesh.

posted on 01 Mar 2012, 08:58 2

2. PAPINYC (Posts: 2237; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)


OMi'FG, love that photo soooo much I am going to use it as my Avatar (with iPermission of course). No surprise on the iKremlin, though.

posted on 01 Mar 2012, 08:59 3

3. Giggity (Posts: 147; Member since: 17 Nov 2011)


Apple is a Commy? Why didn't I think of THAT? xD

posted on 01 Mar 2012, 09:14 2

4. putes (Posts: 38; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)


Love, love the Apple Logo with a hammer and sickle over it.

posted on 01 Mar 2012, 09:16 2

5. cellphonator (Posts: 298; Member since: 29 Oct 2011)


Not good Apple, not good. I agree, that avatar is great.

posted on 01 Mar 2012, 10:21 3

6. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


where have all the local idefenders gone? they should be touting how this is an exellent move or something. to the rest of us, its not surprising.

posted on 01 Mar 2012, 10:48 2

7. cellphonator (Posts: 298; Member since: 29 Oct 2011)


I like Apple product to a certain extent but this is honestly undefendable. This is something you see only in totalitarian communist regimes.
Shame on them! I want an explanation otherwise there will be no "magic" excuse to make me buy their products again.

posted on 01 Mar 2012, 16:41

12. stealthd (Posts: 932; Member since: 12 Jun 2011)


Actually it's the kind of thing you see in just about every company where conflict of interest is an issue. Comparing companies to governments makes no sense.

posted on 01 Mar 2012, 17:08 2

14. cellphonator (Posts: 298; Member since: 29 Oct 2011)


"Mr. Godin wasn't linking to his own book on Amazon. The links were to reference material used in his book, and they pointed to printed editions of the books that aren't available in digital format or from Apple."

Read above, conflict of interest?

That can be called censorship and that's what totalitarian regimes do.

posted on 01 Mar 2012, 10:55 3

8. darktranquillity (Posts: 284; Member since: 28 Feb 2012)


Peoples Republic of Junk Apple

posted on 01 Mar 2012, 11:45 3

10. jmoita2 (Posts: 930; Member since: 23 Dec 2011)


Union Of Soviet Applelist Republics. Apple,tear down that wall!!!

posted on 01 Mar 2012, 14:52 3

11. cellphonator (Posts: 298; Member since: 29 Oct 2011)


Simply....Red Apple.

posted on 01 Mar 2012, 16:54 1

13. stealthd (Posts: 932; Member since: 12 Jun 2011)


Wait, let me get this straight. People are complaining about Apple not allowing Amazon links in books sold in THEIR bookstore, which can only be accessed on THEIR devices. Sorry Apple haters, there's nothing ridiculous about this. They don't want competing ADVERTISEMENTS in the products THEY SELL.

posted on 01 Mar 2012, 17:14 2

15. cellphonator (Posts: 298; Member since: 29 Oct 2011)


"Mr. Godin wasn't linking to his own book on Amazon. The links were to reference material used in his book, and they pointed to printed editions of the books that aren't available in digital format or from Apple."

You too, read above.

Amazon sells everything including Apple products.

posted on 01 Mar 2012, 22:10 1

18. frydaexiii (Posts: 1206; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)


Yeah, that's a magical thing we call being Anti-competitive...The very reason we are complaining. Apple is always being a coward at sales. If your products are good, why would you be worries about competitors stealing your customers? And if they are stealing your customers, steal them back by giving them more incentive to buy your product, not get rid of the competitors so people are forced to buy your crap...

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