An Apple E-Book Rule Tightens [telecom]

An Apple E-Book Rule Tightens

By CLAIRE CAIN MILLER February 1, 2011

When you see people flipping through e-books on iPads or iPhones, there is a good chance they bought the books through, not Apple.

Now, Apple wants to change that.

Apple confirmed Tuesday that it would require app developers that sell e-books outside of their iPad and iPhone apps - through a Web site, for example - to also sell the books inside those apps. And purchases that originate in the app must be made through Apple, which keeps a 30 percent cut.

Apple said it was newly enforcing an existing rule, one that will force Amazon, Sony, Google and other e-book sellers to change the way their apps work.


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