I won’t be sympathetic to Amazon’s wailing over Apple shafting them. As far as I’m concerned Amazon started this crap by not going with ePub for eBooks and for locking everyone into its store. This is greed blowback. This is what happens with greed: It creates it own revenge effect.
It’s ironic that Sony got dinged by Apple and wound up blowing the in-app purchasing whistle on them. When Sony in America decided to give eBooks a go, they went with ePub and made repeated efforts to please their customers with upgrades and even generous trade-ins of the original model 500. If Sony can be faulted for anything, it’s for not waking up to wireless commerce sooner but that has nothing to do with the matter at hand.
Barnes & Noble can’t squawk, either. It mutated the Adobe DRM everyone was using, breaking the universality of ePub and further gave everyone the Finger of Greed by rebranding its eBooks as Nookbooks. I have zero sympathy for them getting stabbed by Apple.
Kobo/Borders both did the right thing going with universal ePub and standard Adobe DRM. It’s too bad Borders didn’t wake up sooner and now has a doubtful future. It deserves to survive more than Barnes & Noble.
I’m frankly shocked at the position Apple is taking. Like some of Reagan’s questionable decisions that were later explained as symptoms of encroaching Alzheimer’s disease, I wonder if what Jobs is letting happen is a sign of a metastatic brain tumor affecting his judgment? You can yell all you want about my bringing up his health in what seems to be a very tasteless manner, but this greed grab by Apple needs to be explained and, as with Reagan, illness seems to be a possible explanation.
Steve Jobs once stated his goal was to make a ding in the universe. Right now, he’s the laughingstock of it.
This was in a Sears flyer this weekend:
Apple on Sony Reader: “We Have Not Changed Our Guidelines”
“We have not changed our developer terms or guidelines,” company spokesperson Trudy Miller told me. “We are now requiring that if an app offers customers the ability to purchase books outside of the app, that the same option is also available to customers from within the app with in-app purchase.”
In other words, Apple wants its cut on sales enabled by its iOS devices, it has an established guideline that allows it to take it and that’s what it’s doing. Developers are still free to send customers to their own Web stores, but they must also offer them the option of purchasing content within their apps themselves, and they must route those sales through Apple which will then take its percentage.
What the hell is this nonsense?!
Are we suddenly going to see eBook listings that explicitly say, “Click this link to buy via Mobile Safari and SAVE 30%!!!”?
How long do you think Apple will let that stand?
The Least Among Us
Melissa died because she couldn’t afford to see a doctor.
Melissa worked hard. She owned a home. She paid her taxes (late, but paid). She was trying to live a dream – the American Dream – that supposedly we as citizens are promised – the right to pursue life, liberty and happiness. For her, that couldn’t be achieved in a traditional job that came with the perks of health care.
If you think this is just an isolated fluke, run your eyeballs over this from four years ago and learn: For Want of a Dentist: Pr. George’s Boy Dies After Bacteria From Tooth Spread to Brain
Stop this brutal, callous idiocy!
Steven Troughton-Smith is up to his science experiments again.
See the amazing photos after the break.
I am not a lawyer, but it seems to me those of the Big 6 publishers who have been playing the price-fixing Agency Model racket have left themselves wide open for class-action lawsuits if their “agents” go out of business and lose the eBooks of their customers.