Monday Midday Links: Apple Flexes Its App Store Muscle
Apple instituted a new rule that was to go into effect last month which disallowed Apps to have a direct link to the retailers purchasing site unless the retailer offered the same products for sale inside the App and allowed Apple to get 30%. Under Agency pricing, of course, this meant that Kindle, BN, Kobo and others would lose money on every sale. The deadline for updating the app came and went in June but now it appears that Apple is enforcing it.
- Google App is gone from iTunes (Google had announced last week that it would be one of the ebook partners for Pottermore as will Amazon)
- Kobo updated its app. You used to be able to browse the ebookstore and then click “buy” which would take you to Safari. Now the ebookstore is gone. Worse, Kobo app is getting a ton of one star reviews because people have no idea why the bookstore has been removed. Oh, Apple. You suck.
This app was in my favorite book reader apps.not being able to open the store directly is a huge inconvenience.
the real ‘guts’ of this app seemed to have been eaten out out of it overnite. So … without the store/means to download new material help me to understand its purpose ~ i have here 5 books downloaded lat week off ePub. At least the courtesy of an explanation would have been nice! … i’ve no reason to continue to use this app
- B&N updated the Nook Kids app removing its buy links.
You can still access these retailer sites via Safari and buy via Safari but it’s a blow against the retailers. Given that Apple holds a significant portion of the mobile market, it will be interesting to see if it can withstand an antitrust tying inquiry.
I saw this link via Twitter. (It’s in Arabic, use a translator). The Crown Prince of Dubai credits his hobbies such as skydiving, horseback riding, and scuba diving as helping him build the skills he needs to be the leader of his nation.
It sounded so very HP-ish that I had to share.
Speaking of HP-ish sorts of things, I received this very random email last week:
Our company is pleased to offer databases with companies from eastern countries and Russia.
Also we offer a new database with contact details of the Russian millionaires and billionaires.
You can find information about our products at our website.
Surely if that is not a call to be an HP heroine, I don’t know what is.
Lev Grossman, a former book critic and now bestselling novelist, has concerns about being an author and a critic.
“When a critic writes a novel, it’s like one of those movies where the cop crosses the line and gets tossed in jail along with the people he put there,” he said. “There’s no question, writing fiction has changed the way I review.”
Empathy, as it turns out, killed the assassin — empathy for readers, whose contradictory reactions have left him less eager to declare a book categorically “good” or “bad.” And empathy for authors, with whom he now identifies.
The article suggests that authors, afraid of offending other authors, are less honest and truthful in their opinions. Of course, if authors can’t be critics and those individuals who don’t have literary degrees can’t be critics, then the authorial world gets to heave a huge sigh of relief that no bad word can be said about their books. The sad thing is that with the increasing influx of works into the marketplace, readers need help in cutting the wheat from the chaff. Many authors have no compunctions about leaving positive reviews and even leaving fraudulent ones or encouraging fraudulent ones to be placed. Articles like these make me more determined than ever to keep Dear Author going and encourage other readers to review. We readers have to stick up for one another.
You can call someone a Neanderthal but if they are African, it’s a baseless insult. According to a new study, there was interbreeding between Neanderthals and homo sapiens, but not in Africa:
“This confirms recent findings suggesting that the two populations interbred,” Labuda was quoted as saying in a press release. His team believes most, if not all, of the interbreeding took place in the Middle East, while modern humans were migrating out of Africa and spreading to other regions.