Apple not allowing iBooks with Amazon links

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.

Source: The Unofficial Apple Weblog

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19 Comments

1. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

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

9. tluv00

Posts: 134; Member since: Oct 18, 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.

19. corps1089

Posts: 492; Member since: Jan 20, 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...

16. iwebdroidberry7

Posts: 230; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

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

17. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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.

2. PAPINYC

Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 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.

3. Giggity

Posts: 147; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

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

4. putes

Posts: 38; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

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

5. cellphonator

Posts: 298; Member since: Oct 29, 2011

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

6. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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.

7. cellphonator

Posts: 298; Member since: Oct 29, 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.

12. stealthd unregistered

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.

14. cellphonator

Posts: 298; Member since: Oct 29, 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.

8. darktranquillity

Posts: 285; Member since: Feb 28, 2012

Peoples Republic of Junk Apple

10. jmoita2

Posts: 930; Member since: Dec 23, 2011

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

11. cellphonator

Posts: 298; Member since: Oct 29, 2011

Simply....Red Apple.

13. stealthd unregistered

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.

15. cellphonator

Posts: 298; Member since: Oct 29, 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.

18. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 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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