Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Apple cracks down on apps

The NYT reports that Apple "has told some applications developers, including Sony, that they can no longer sell content, like e-books, within their apps, or let customers have access to purchases they have made outside the App Store.

Apple rejected Sony’s iPhone application, which would have let people buy and read e-books bought from the Sony Reader Store...The move could affect companies like Amazon.com and others that sell e-book readers that compete with Apple’s iPad tablet and offer free mobile apps so customers can read their e-book purchases on other devices. An iPad owner, for instance, has not needed to own a Kindle to read Kindle books bought from Amazon.

That may now change."

No word yet on whether this will affect the Kindle app, but it seems ominous. Glad I didn't buy an iPad...


  1. That is a pretty stupid move. You want people to WANT your device and use it for EVERYTHING.

  2. I'm with Writer and Cat. I LOVE my iPad, but I'd be pissed if all my Kindle books suddenly disappeared or I couldn't read them on my iPad or iPhone anymore. The fact I could take my books (all my books) everywhere was one of the main reasons I bought it.

  3. Clarifications from Apple seem to suggest they will continue allowing the Kindle app, but want to take a 30% cut out of Amazon's sales? I guess we'll just have to see how this shakes out...

  4. What I'm curious about is if you purchase the books online (ie not on the iPad or iPhone), then will that 30% apply? There's no way Amazon is going to go for handing 30% over to Apple. I wouldn't if I had that large a business.