Sony’s eBook App Rejected

Feb 1, 2011 by

It appears Apple’s App Store Guidelines are tightening everyday.

Just Monday night, Apple has rejected Sony’s Reader app because it makes purchases using a browser as opposed to the In-App Purchases system, therefore denying Apple a share of the profits.

Unfortunately, with little notice, Apple changed the way it enforces its rules and this will prevent the current version of the Reader™ for iPhone® from being available in the app store. We opened a dialog with Apple to see if we can come up with an equitable resolution but reached an impasse at this time. We’re exploring other avenues to bring the Reader experience to Apple mobile devices. We know that many of you are eagerly awaiting the application and we appreciate your continued patience.

That’s what the Reader app’s website says.

According to CNN, Apple stated the following:

Apple said in a statement Tuesday that it had “not changed our developer terms or guidelines.”

Apple stated that even though the company was just quoted saying the following:

We are now requiring that if an app offers customers the ability to purchase books outside of the app, that the same option is also available to customers from within the app with in-app purchase.

That guarantees Apple with at least a fifty-fifty change of getting 30% of a book’s sales profits.

This being said, may hinder or completely halt the development/release of a Kindle app for this device.

What Sony is planning to do is unknown but you can stay with How’s My App for up to date information.

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  • Johndoe

    “because it makes purchases using a browser” so is kindle app and its still on the app store…