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Amazon Sticks It To Apple’s App Store Rules With Updated Kindle App

31 July 2013

From Macgasm:

Amazon has rolled out a new update today for its Kindle app for iOS that cleverly gets around one of Apple’s App Store rules that says it gets a 30% cut from all in-app purchases. For the first time ever, you can search Amazon’s catalog of books right in the app. The App lets you browse Amazon’s online library for books with free samples available, which you can then download to read. Once you’ve finished with the book sample, a screen will pop up offering to email you a link to the book on Amazon, where you get to then purchase it, thus giving all your money to Amazon, and none to Apple.

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Previously, Amazon launched an iPad and iPhone only HTML 5 app to avoid giving Apple its 30% cut from those wishing to make purchases from their iOS device.

Link to the rest at Macgasm and thanks to Randall for the tip.

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6 Comments to “Amazon Sticks It To Apple’s App Store Rules With Updated Kindle App”

  1. I wonder how long this will last. Surely, Apple will find some way to close that loophole.

  2. I’m sure that Apple will get several other apps together in order to force the Amazon app to change.

  3. /begin soapbox

    Folks, this is why you don’t buy hardware from a company that locks down its device and seeks to dictate what kind of content reaches it and how it gets there. You own the device; it should work for you, not the manufacturer.

    /end soapbox

    I don’t really see what Apple can do about this, except to block you from visiting Amazon’s webpage. Amazon could do a lot, though; they could raise all the prices through their app, explain that it’s Apple’s fault, and then offer links to their webpage.

  4. Apple will do nothing at this time.
    They have been convicted of antitrust conspiracy and one of the documented moves was to use their appstore market power to force Random House to do business with ibooks.
    With all (federal) eyes on them until the penalty trial, using their appstore power to hamper a competitor that isn’t literally breaking the rules–the sale link is part of the book, not the app–is bound to bring the tying issue to the fore.
    And that is why Amazon is doing it.
    They’re waving a cape before the bull, hoping it’ll charge.

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