Apple rejects iBook for making reference to Amazon

Apple’s iBooks service has become increasingly popular among Apple device owners due to its close integration with their devices. Unlike Amazon’s Kindle app, iBooks are supported in iTunes, so it is just as easy as dragging and dropping books to a connected device.

Amazon's Kindle is still the biggest eBook reader on the market, holding more market share than any other device in this field. It comes as no surprise, then, that Amazon has established itself as the dominant company in the field of digital book distribution. This brings Amazon in direct competition with Apple and Apple is not fond of that. In fact, they could even stop your book appearing on the iBooks Store – and that’s exactly what they did.

Author Holly Lisle writes a series of books on the craft of writing, and these are available to purchase in digital format. Her most recent work, "How To Think Sideways Lesson 6: How To Discover (Or Create) Your Story’s Market", targets the actual marketing of a finished book. Thanks to services like Apple’s iBooks and Amazon’s CreateSpace, anyone can become an author. 

Holly Lisle submitted her book to iBooks, and had it rejected by Apple. Their explanation was that it could not provide a live link to Amazon, for they are a competitor. Lisle understood this and removed the live links as per request, resubmitting the book. Again, she was rejected. She was rejected for mentioning Amazon; not for having links this time, but for mentioning the site. It is peculiar, since there are books available which mention Amazon regularly. Some people over on YCombinator are putting forth the argument that Apple’s review process, while it works, is not the most consistent in its application.

Source: BoingBoing.net

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Whoever has the largest corporate market share is the one who is monitored. While Apple own the mobile market, they don't own the corporate market, therefore they don't really affect the bottom dollar of businesses; AKA: Not worth looking at.

It sucks, but it's just how it is.

On topic, it's a shame that authors are being censored like this, I think all books should be protected against this under freedom of expression, regardless of the companies they choose to affiliate with... It'd be like Microsoft removing support for Chrome and Firefox because they are competing browsers...

Irrespective, it is Apples marketplace, and they can choose to sell or not sell whatever they want to.

CrimsonBetrayal said,
Whoever has the largest corporate market share is the one who is monitored. While Apple own the mobile market, they don't own the corporate market, therefore they don't really affect the bottom dollar of businesses; AKA: Not worth looking at.

So, you're telling us that laws created to protect consumers are, in fact, not actually made to protect consumers?

Can someone explain how Apple can be anticompetitive and Microsoft gets ripped for doing such things? Serious question folks, I'm really not getting this!

JHBrown said,
Can someone explain how Apple can be anticompetitive and Microsoft gets ripped for doing such things? Serious question folks, I'm really not getting this!

That is quite simple. MIcrosoft has a monopoly in the OS space. Apple, on the other hand, does not have a monopoly in the e-book space. If anyone could be considered to be close to a monopoly, it would be Amazon.

Javik said,
The iTwits are at it again. I wonder if they've been taking tips from the Chinese government?
And so are the trolls apparently.

Javik said,

Apparently someone has no sense of humour.

you made fun of the all mighty apple. There are people out there that touch themselves while reading steve's autobiography.