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  (Source: Barnesandnoble.com)
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 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.


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