I was waiting for this to happen.
So now what I expect to also happen is this:
The apps for Kindle, Kobo, Borders, and Nook — to name just those majors — will be turned into read-only apps.
To buy eBooks, you go to mobile Safari browser and use the website of each one to order (better make each a bookmark!).
After purchase, specify to send the eBooks to your iPad.
You’ve bought the book, there is no Apple as middleman, and done.
We still have to wait to see if this is how it will all play out.
I don’t know if Apple is opening itself up to Restraint of Trade with this, allowing only its own iBooks to have built-in transaction capabilities. Someone will have to file a complaint with the government (because I doubt the FTC will open its yap without such provocation).
But if I had to place a bet with real money, I would expect Amazon, et al, to just STFU and go with that method. Each one would look at it from the perspective of serving existing customers and not expect the paltry iBookstore to do them much damage with its storefront edge.
Personally, I am still waiting to see if this will let me buy an iPad.
Update: See YUDU Claims to Dodge the iPad Subscription Tax (But Doesn’t), which looks to put everything back the way it was.
Update 2: The Yudu loophole won’t save anyone. Given how capricious Apple has been in the past, I shouldn’t count on getting an iPad any time soon.
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