On Saturday, June 4, 2011, I wrote in this post, My Two Revolutionary Wishes For Apple’s WWDC, the following:
1) For Apple to relent, recognize the cultural importance and value-enhancement of books, and let eBookstores sell in-app without requiring a business-murdering 30% vig to Apple.
After posting that, I emailed the link to Steve Jobs.
Do I think he read it?
He probably got sick of me after my first cranky-ass email to him. He never replied to any of them, which were all about eBooks and then this 30% vig threat that would kill eBooks.
After the first email, I was probably sent to the Spam bucket.
But one of my wishes has been at least partially granted. eBook apps will not be removed from the App Store.
Has the road been cleared for me to buy an iPad now?
I need to see what the practical consequences of this rule change are, how the affected companies react to it, what the possible buried landmines might be.
I also wonder if, like Apple’s prior rule banning apps using different programming tools, one of Apple’s attorneys finally convinced Jobs that this would be going too far and would awaken the Department of Justice, FTC, and sic the European Union on them.
I’m not running out to go buy an iPad.
I don’t feel victorious or any elation.
I feel abused.
— thanks to Jane Litte who emailed me about this change