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You Are Not My Mom

Apple has decided to get into the censoring business. It refuses to approve the Eucalyptus ebook reading application because you can view a Project Gutenberg book on there about sex! It’s not like Apple hasn’t approved ebook reading applications with the same power before: Stanza, Bookshelf, and Kindle. Further, there are far more naughty books that can be bought and viewed with existing Apple applications including books about butt sex and orgies.

Apple is said to be reading a device that might shock and awe the reading crowd but the reading crowd hates censorship. Just don’t do it.

Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com

4 Comments

  1. Louisa Edwards
    May 22, 2009 @ 09:41:05

    That’s such a thin, senseless excuse for why Apple would reject this app, it makes me wonder if there’s a deeper reason behind it. Although the developer’s communications with them appear fairly straightforward (if nonsensical.) The censorship aspect is bad enough, but the stupidity and almost deliberate refusal to comprehend the nature of the app and its functional similarity to Stanza, eReader, etc, makes me nuts.

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  2. Robin
    May 22, 2009 @ 14:53:10

    My first thought was that this is about competition more than morality, and I see that the EFF may agree with me.

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  3. DS
    May 22, 2009 @ 15:45:58

    This isn’t the first instance of this I have heard about.

    An e-book submitted to Apple’s App Store has been approved after the author removed language that apparently offended Apple.

    CNET’s David Carnoy wrote a book called Knife Music last year, and attempted to submit it to the App Store as an e-book. Apple rejected his application for containing “objectionable content,” which appeared to be a couple of uses of that four-letter word that starts with F.

    http://news.cnet.com/8301-13579_3-10144025-37.html

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  4. XandraG
    May 24, 2009 @ 17:08:06

    This is why ereaders should steer clear of incest with content providers.

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