Apple Started Censoring Books Mentioning RivalsAdded: Wednesday, August 8th, 2012
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The software giant decided that the best way to address the rivalry is to censor all books mentioning its competitors. That’s a weird decision, but the company has already enforced the policy based on it. Now, for instance, if you want an ebook to be used in the iTunes store, you can’t mention anything related to Amazon.
According to author Holly Lisle, she found this out the hard way. Holly Lisle has been writing a series of Internet writing guides, and was very surprised when her “How To Think Sideways Lesson 6: How To Discover (Or Create) Your Story's Market” wasn’t accepted by Apple's iBooks store.
Surprisingly enough, the work wasn’t rejected due to the wrong title – Apple rather spiked it because it had “live links” to Amazon. Holly Lisle removed the links and then resubmitted her book, but even then Apple again rejected it, claiming that they don’t want to sell her book because it mentions Amazon.
Of course, Lisle was miffed. She made an official announcement that she didn’t think this could be seen as professional behaviour on a professional market. Perhaps, if Harry Potter had been looking for the Horcruxes on Amazon instead of running around in caves full of dead people, Apple would have been deleted this book too.
Actually, the company basically wanted Holly Lisle to write a writing course which included information on publishing and self-publishing without mentioning Amazon. In fact, it’s just the place where writers were going to make most of their cash. Holly Lisle announced she was pulling all of her books from the iBookstore.
As for Amazon, it remains calm about the competition and continues selling a lot of Apple stuff.
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Wednesday, August 8th, 2012
|Never had an APPLE produce, never will...... Still sounds like a poor decision on their part!|
|posted by (2012-08-09 03:14:53)|
|Wow, this sounds extremely pathetic on apple's part. Really if you have to take measures like that to force onto people to use your system it only shows how weak the foundation is against a truly fortified competitor. What the hell happened to Apple?|
Amazon is playing this like a true boss, cashing in on both fronts selling Apple stuff and everything else under the sun. Apple is looking really weak right now.
Linux and open source is the way to go. I stopped liking Apple ALOT when Itunes was released. Probably the most bloated and unnecessary piece of crap software to have ever been released(Yes even compared to windows).
Their methods are just disgusting and I really dont get how people can so blindly sing the praise of this company when they shit on everything they make before they pass it off to paying customers. True mindless sheeple who've been washed clean of all sense.
But look on the bright side...at least you look new age and "chic" with your electronic tethers (iPhone, iPad, iPod, Mac) while you suck down starbucks and talk as though each sentence HAS to be filled with as many buzz words as could possibly fit in a sentence without sounding like a complete idiot. Aaaaw yeah....Thats the life!
|posted by (2012-08-09 12:35:56)|
|Well Sam when this story came out 2 weeks ago many sites pointed out that there are many books about amazon on itunes, so I call bullsh*t on this story. She is just trying to generate publicity for her second rate book.|
@j3zr33l I'm a huge fan of open source and have even written code for Ubuntu and Arduino. What you don't realize is that OS X is actually a version of linux. Tasks are easier and faster on OS X then any other OS out there. With an added bonus that Unix and Windows programs work under OS X. Apple produces many great products; magazines like T3, STUFF, MAKE, NEW ELECTRONICS consider them the worlds best for a reason.
There are many things about Apple that I don't like; I agree with you that iTunes has become bloatware. The "we know best" attitude that Apple has is irritating and there approach to security is a joke. If you want to bag Apple, I will add my list of complaints. Instead you have decided to attack Apple products users as "True mindless sheeple who've been washed clean of all sense."- which is grossly insulting and you should apologize. Do you attack people who use other products like Panasonic, BMW, B & O, Samsung? I have never been to Starbucks nor do I use "buzz words". Maybe you should have a good look at yourself in the mirror and figure out what it is that you find threatening about a company that makes electronic products. Regardless of all you should definitely apologize for what you wrote.
|posted by (2012-08-09 15:21:38)|
I knew very well that OSX is based on Unix. Although you make some good points as to my shotgun approach of "Fans" I dont
think a broad scope apology is needed. I can appreciate what innovations Apple has brought about and it has brought about
some considerable things to the department of technology, however, take a look at HOW they have begun abusing the
relationship between the "Fans" by putting in place these rediculous barriers to using their products.
Ok i'm not trying to be entirely unfair and much like yourself there are folks who are aware. But you seem to think that they are the majority. You and others like you are a minority now. Ask alot of the people who own an Apple product what OS it runs or even why they bought it and the overwhelming answers will be "Huh" or "Because, like everyones getting one , Its cool". You are in a minority Giraffe and Its not you I attack, Its the ones who blindly buy and sing praises without knowing jack about the
system they just bought into. That said, Apple does some of the GREATEST marketing anywhere UNDISPUTED!!!
Giraffe, I will apologize to you and users like you because you actually think balanced. You approach knowing the good AND
the bad and acted calmly in light of what I said. I'm annoyed extremely by the ones who have no knowledge but praise Apple
because they think its what the popular kids are doing.
Seriously, if everyone who had an Apple product and had your level of knowledge and insight about the products, do you think it would be so acceptable how they run their ship? Answer me that.
|posted by (2012-08-10 11:16:39)|
|@j3zr33l I agree with you, Apple's approach to there own costumers at times is a disgrace. I know what you mean about people wanting the latest idevice as a fashion accessory, but why they willing to cue up for hours just to get a phone is beyond me. I think we are very like minded, and I honestly believe that one day open source will show these billion $ companies the way to go. Shame we're too far to share a beer- it would be an interesting conversation. Thanks mate.||
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