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Apple said Amazon is its competitor, so the name cannot be mentioned in potential iBooks submissions

Apple recently refused to carry an ebook in its popular iBooks store because it mentioned a huge ebooks competitor -- Amazon. 
Apple rejected a book called "How To Think Sideways Lesson 6: How to Discover (Or Create) Your Story's Market" by Holly Lisle. Lisle is an author that typically creates online writing guides.
Lisle submitted her book to Apple's iBooks store, and received a rejection letter stating that she wasn't allowed to have live links to Amazon inside. She then removed the links and resubmitted the book, only to receive yet another rejection letter. The reason? She wasn't allowed to mention Amazon at all in the book because it is an Apple competitor. 
"This is not professional behavior from a professional market," said Lisle. "And cold moment of truth here -- you cannot write a writing course that includes information on publishing and self-publishing and NOT mention Amazon. It's the place where your writers are going to make about 90 percent of their money."
Apple is currently in the middle of an ebooks-related battle that concerns Amazon. In April of this year, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) sued Apple and five book publishers over anti-competitive practices concerning ebook sales. More specifically, the book publishers were accused of partaking in an agency sales model with Apple in an effort to stifle Amazon's success.
Some, however, are in favor of Apple's added competition against Amazon. Earlier this month, Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) wrote a memo to the U.S. Department of Justice via The Wall Street Journal in an effort to put a stop to the eBooks lawsuit filed against Apple and two other book publishers.

According to Schumer, the lawsuit will destroy the publishing industry because Amazon needs the competition in order to have better offerings (regarding book selection and price) for consumers. 

Source: Boing Boing

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By Motoman on 7/30/2012 11:39:58 PM , Rating: -1
Apple can choose what to sell in it's store, just the same way that your local supermarket can choose what they sell in their store. You don't get to force a vendor to sell your product against their will.

Apple doesn't control the industry - you can buy ebooks all over the place. If Apple doesn't want to sell the book, someone else will. I'm guessing maybe Amazon for example...

By bupkus on 7/31/2012 12:45:33 AM , Rating: 5
No one is contesting that.
Read it again.

By Samus on 7/31/2012 4:58:32 AM , Rating: 5
Yeah, Apple is basically admitting they are anti-competitive!

By othercents on 7/31/2012 8:37:10 AM , Rating: 2
I just wondering... Are there people who don't know who Amazon is? Does mentioning Amazon in a book make people jump at this new online distributor that they immediately start replacing their Apple products with ones sold on Amazon? Get real Apple.

By Cheesew1z69 on 7/31/2012 12:48:06 PM , Rating: 2
7 MILLION profit? Um...I think you are mistaken...

By Silver2k7 on 7/31/2012 1:13:45 PM , Rating: 2
"7 MILLION profit? Um...I think you are mistaken..."

I believe that Amazon invested heavily into Kindle.. wich is why profit might look very low.

By Cheesew1z69 on 7/31/2012 1:30:04 PM , Rating: 2
I still think 7 million is a 100+ million off the mark. According to an article I just read a few min ago, they made 177 million in ONE quarter. There is NO WAY that they only made 7 million profit for the YEAR...

By Odysseus145 on 7/31/2012 12:48:53 PM , Rating: 2
Where are you getting those numbers? Amazon has made over $4 billion in digital sales so far this year.

By Cheesew1z69 on 7/31/2012 12:56:07 PM , Rating: 4
That's King iDouche for you, lying to prop up his precious Apple to make them look better.

By Motoman on 7/31/2012 10:18:33 AM , Rating: 2
That's exactly what Fritzr is saying - that Apple is controlling the industry and that they're going to be taken to court over it.

Read it again.

By mtelesha on 7/31/2012 7:13:35 AM , Rating: 2
I will say it's wrong. How is this NOT the equal to ebook book burning???

This is 100% anti-competitive behavior! Next thing you know if someone talk about Google or the #1 selling Android phone and that is not sold also? Apple is wrong and I guess Fan Boyz will be Fan Boyz and see this as Apple protecting itself. Well there are allot of evil things people and companies do to protect themselves. I can imagine a Librarian supporting this even with their Pro-Apple glasses.

By Reclaimer77 on 7/31/2012 7:21:21 AM , Rating: 3
Just like Microsoft can choose what to put in it's OS? Like a browser perhaps?

I hate to say this, but I feel it's time for some kind of investigation into Apple's business practices. Apple's basically saying her book would have been fine if it didn't mention Amazon, to me that's censorship and prejudice as a business practice.

By Schrag4 on 7/31/2012 12:17:15 PM , Rating: 2
Not the same as MS including a browser. Users have a choice to install other browsers. Not a good analogy IMO.

However, I'm going to get downrated for saying this, but why shouldn't Apple be allowed to pick and choose what books are available via their own service? I realize that's censorship, but are you seriously telling me that if you write a book for the sole purpose of bashing Apple that they should be forced to publish it for you? I also realize that mentioning Amazon doesn't equate to bashing Apple (opposite ends of the spectrum actually), but to me the line you or I might draw is arbitrary.

Look, I hate Apple as much as all of you, but I just can't get on board with the idea that they shouldn't be allowed to publish what they want to and reject what they want to as well. Part of me feels like those of you calling for investigation for this practice might be letting your hate for Apple impair your intellectual honesty and/or judgement.

Am I missing something?

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