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Kobo, WSJ stop selling directly through iOS devices

updated 11:20 pm EDT, Sun July 24, 2011

Kobo and WSJ back out after new iOS app rules

Kobo and the Wall Street Journal said Sunday they would stop offering a direct gateway to buying books or subscriptions through their iPad and iPhone apps. Both had decided to follow Apple's new iOS subscription rules barring links to something other than iTunes. Purchases for either will have to now go through the web without direct links.

Google Books may have also been affected. Its app disappeared from iTunes during the weekend without explanation.

The rules aren't fatal to the apps' successes. Kobo explained that much of its purchasing goes through the website. However, the moves give Apple a potentially unfair competitive advantage since, if Apple's rules hold, only the iBookstore will be allowed to have the direct purchasing link. Apple's current rules are a softening of what it had originally proposed in February, which would have required equal pricing in all stores and forced retailers to either raise the price across the board to stay profitable in Apple's store or else accept a steep drop in profits for Apple's store. The last-minute change in June may have been prompted by an FTC investigation.

Amazon, so far, has held out on changing the Kindle app, where a "Kindle Store" link is still very prominent. Questions have been raised over whether Amazon will be pushed into such limitations since the Kindle app is widely known to account for more reading on the iPad than iBooks. Amazon also has more clout to challenge any Apple policy changes than smaller rivals like Kobo.

Apple has long had rules prohibiting competitive music and video stores. Most of the criticism has come from its decision to wait a year after the iPad was launched, when many companies had established their bookstores, to clamp down on competition.




by MacNN Staff

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  1. facebook_Skye

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    In this way, google books will be effected.

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    In this way, google books will be effected.

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  1. efithian

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Murdoch

    When you subscribe to the WSJ, your hard-earned money goes to the Murdoch empire. Then they can check out your emails and tap your phone.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Again

    How are books considered a 'subscription'?

    And why does Apple feel it deserves a 30% cut of others hard work?

    What if Verizon and Comcast told Apple that they needed to allow users to purchase music and videos from the iTMS through their cable internet accounts, of which Verizon/Comcast keep 30%. Seems only right. They provided the broadband to deliver the media, they should get to decide who can deliver what on it.

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