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Old 07-30-2011, 12:04 PM   #1
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iPad Nook App Removes in-app Purchasing

Not surprising for those who have been following the ongoing saga, but here's a new article on the topic:

http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-31747_7...ipad-nook-app/

The app description is amusing: Open your browser to shop! I really don't understand the point of this in-app sales agreement Apple is pushing on everyone -- are they going to make enough money to offset annoyed customers? This isn't some obscure techie detail that only Mobile Readers understand -- it's simple enough for Apple User and Android User to compare notes to realize that the apple apps are being systematically crippled...

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Old 07-30-2011, 12:41 PM   #2
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I believe that the Kindle and Kobo apps have removed in-app purchasing as well. While I like Apple products, I think this is a bad move by Apple.
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Another reason I'm so happy with my rooted Nook Color.
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Old 07-30-2011, 09:44 PM   #4
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I think it's one of Apple's more stupid moves. They want 3% of all sales and weren't getting it. They forced the issue and now.... They still aren't getting 3% of sales and folks are still reading on their Kindle and Nook apps. What next? Ban the ebook apps?
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Old 07-30-2011, 10:02 PM   #5
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Can't say that I didn't see it coming.
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Old 07-30-2011, 10:10 PM   #6
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I think it's one of Apple's more stupid moves. They want 3% of all sales and weren't getting it. They forced the issue and now.... They still aren't getting 3% of sales and folks are still reading on their Kindle and Nook apps. What next? Ban the ebook apps?
This is my thinking, too, and it's a bit odd overall. Apple MUST have known that Amazon/Nook/etc. would just pull the in-app purchasing rather than pay. Is Apple thinking that THIS -- not being able to buy in-app -- will be the key decision in terms of whether people shop from iBooks or somewhere else? Because, if so, Apple surely must realize that many, many users join a bookstore ecosystem for the eInk device and just use the tablet/phone app to keep synced.

Or did they really think that this would be a worthwhile profit maker from the little apps that couldn't afford to just turn off buying? I can't see it -- the measly amounts of revenue they generate cannot possibly be worth the bad press and customer frustration.

I just don't understand Apple sometimes.
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Old 07-30-2011, 10:19 PM   #7
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This has been discussed in depth on several threads. Check murraypaul's posts for a reasonable interpretation of Apple's thinking on this .
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Old 07-31-2011, 03:57 AM   #8
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I think it's one of Apple's more stupid moves. They want 3% of all sales and weren't getting it. They forced the issue and now.... They still aren't getting 3% of sales and folks are still reading on their Kindle and Nook apps. What next? Ban the ebook apps?
30%, not 3%.
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What we are talking about is a cut of the future of ideas. When an idea is distributed Apple would like a cut...

You might say, "If someone would like to distribute their idea on iOS then they should be forced to abide by Apple's rules"

Or you might say, "Since iOS has become so popular, idea dissemination on the platform should be regulated to be as free as possible since the only real way to advance the species is to distribute ideas, and the only real way to distribute ideas is via a popular platform, so it is a no brainer to regulate iOS to be as free as possible, anything less would be uncivilized, savvy?"
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I think it's one of Apple's more stupid moves. They want 3% of all sales and weren't getting it. They forced the issue and now.... They still aren't getting 3% of sales and folks are still reading on their Kindle and Nook apps. What next? Ban the ebook apps?
30%, not 3%.
And it's of all sales and subscriptions (such as magazine and newspapers).
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30%, not 3%.
That's what I get for being lazy and not looking it up...
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This is my thinking, too, and it's a bit odd overall. Apple MUST have known that Amazon/Nook/etc. would just pull the in-app purchasing rather than pay. Is Apple thinking that THIS -- not being able to buy in-app -- will be the key decision in terms of whether people shop from iBooks or somewhere else? Because, if so, Apple surely must realize that many, many users join a bookstore ecosystem for the eInk device and just use the tablet/phone app to keep synced.

Or did they really think that this would be a worthwhile profit maker from the little apps that couldn't afford to just turn off buying? I can't see it -- the measly amounts of revenue they generate cannot possibly be worth the bad press and customer frustration.

I just don't understand Apple sometimes.
Well, this wasn't Apple's original plan (which was to force everyone through the app store). But it is a deal they were forced into so they many of the content providers wouldn't leave the platform entirely.
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That may be so, but now we're in this strange situation where an Apple/Android throw-down now has the VERY obvious advantage that "oh, I can buy Kindle/Nook/Kobo/Sony/whatever books from my phone. You have to exit out of the app and use the browser? Huh."
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I think it's one of Apple's more stupid moves. They want 3% of all sales and weren't getting it. They forced the issue and now.... They still aren't getting 3% of sales and folks are still reading on their Kindle and Nook apps. What next? Ban the ebook apps?
30%. They wanted 30%
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