This is newsworthy because Apple created this loophole only in the last couple months. It marks Apple’s third shift in policy since this started 6 months ago, and this is the rule that will let the ebook apps stay in iTunes.
But don’t take my word for it; go download the bol.com reading app. It was approved on 15 March and it’s missing the link to the Bol.com ebookstore. I’m told they had to remove it in order to get Apple’s approval.
Well, duh! That’s exactly what I said here:
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!).
And if that’s true, that’s the loophole that will let me buy an iPad.
The eBooks can still be on the iPad; Amazon, Kobo, Sony, Borders, B&N, et al, can go complain to the FTC to overturn the Restraint of Trade, but meanwhile readers will still have access to their books and can still buy them — although by manually going to Mobile Safari and manually entering a web address for each (which I why I said to make each a Bookmark!).
But I still don’t trust Apple, so no iPad until that deadline has passed.