The REAL Reason Apple Isn’t Bundling Its E-Book Store With The iPad

I cam across an editorial I'd like to share. I think he's wrong on several points, but it's still an interesting read. Here is an excerpt:

If Apple were to bundle the iBooks store as a built-in app, and it absolutely dominated the iPad e-book market as a result of that, Apple could potentially be accused of a similar abuse of power that Microsoft was accused of in the 1990s, when it got in trouble for bundling Internet Explorer as the default Web browser for Microsoft Windows. (Microsoft eventually settled, and still bundles IE with most copies of Windows, but it was a huge mess.)

The problem with his argument is obvious. Apple dominates the iPod music market, and there's no talk of anti trust. Why would the iPad be any different?

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader: "I've been into reading ebooks since forever, but I only got my first ereader in July 2007. Everything quickly spiraled out of control from there. Before I started this blog in January 2010 I covered ebooks, ebook readers, and digital publishing for about 2 years as a part of MobileRead Forums. It's a great community, and being a member is a joy. But I thought I could make something out of how I covered the news for MobileRead, so I started this blog."

1 Comment on The REAL Reason Apple Isn’t Bundling Its E-Book Store With The iPad

  1. The answer is easy: monopolies are only illegal once you use one monopoly to build another. Microsoft was slapped with using their Windows monopoly and some unfair behavior to build IE into a monopoly as well.

    There have already been lawsuits leveled at Apple under the umbrella of anti-trust by individuals (usually by people who don’t know what monopoly means, or what makes one illegal). I can see Apple not wanting to tempt fate here.

    It also means that since the functionality isn’t built in, it also gives Apple less of a leg to stand on to block other eBook reader apps, which means apps like Stanza should have no problem competing on fair grounds, which is a good thing.

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