Apple Rejects iBooks Submission Because it Mentions Amazon
July 30, 2012 8:39 PM
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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
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.
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RE: This will look great when presented to the judge :P
7/31/2012 12:17:15 PM
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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