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Apple Kicks Google Books App Out Of App Store For Not Playing By The Rules

Apple Kicks Google Books App Out Of App Store For Not Playing By The Rules

Don’t put that war paint away!

Apple has just dropped the hammer on Google Books and booted the app out of the App Store for not playing by the rules. The Google Books app linked to a source outside of the App Store where customers could purchase new books. This is a violation of Apple’s terms of service for in-app subscriptions.

Apple introduced a ruling that sees 30% of all in-app subscription revenues pocketed by Apple themselves. Apps that availed of in-app subscriptions had until the 30th of June to abide by these rules.

Is this the final chapter in this story or will Google Books turn a new page? Will a revised Google Books app return to the shelves in the App Store? Time will tell.

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  1. MGHart says:

    Is the Kindle app now completely disabled too, since it’s evidently no longer possible to purchase (cheaper) Kindle edition books from either the app or from Amazon via iPad? This sucks, because many eBooks are not available from Apple’s iBookstore, but are from Amazon and Google Books. Do I have to buy another device (or two?) to read the books I want? WTF?

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