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E-Book Apps Comply to Apple’s Demands

Posted on July 26, 2011
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A lot of shaking happened among e-book sellers as the iOS App Store imposed stricter rules over apps that directly compete with Apple’s very own iBooks, including the imposition of 30 percent tax on every in-app purchases. While some e-reader apps made some changes to deal with Apple’s charges, others opted to bolt out.

Nook Kids, for instance, no longer has a link provided in the app that enables users to purchase books from Barnes & Noble. The Kobo and Borders apps have also been modified to cope with the new rules. Meanwhile, Amazon’s Kindle app has removed its “Kindle Store button” and instead adds support for magazines and newspapers.

Another major shake-up was the removal of Google Books from the iTunes App Store. Google has yet to make a statement about this development, but it is possible that the app would be back with Apple’s compliance.

It has to be pointed out, however, that iPhone and iPad users can still purchase e-book content outside of iBooks through Safari or any browser.

Source: ZDNET, via Engadget

 
 

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