Will Books Be The Next To Go In Apple’s App Store Purge?

That's the question asked in this morning's Washington Post. From the article:

Over the last month or so, Apple has clearly been on a mission to trim down the App Store to applications that are useful and family friendly. First, it removed thousands of sex-themed applications, and it's also been making moves to crack down on overly simplistic 'cookie cutter' apps. But there may be yet another segment of the App Store on the chopping block: Books. According to a recent report, books represent 27,000 of the App Store's 150,000 applications, making them the most abundant type of application on the App Store.

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But given the impending release of Apple's own iBooks app alongside the iPad, and the recent App Store cleanup spree, I won't be at all surprised if they do something to change the way books are treated on the platform.

So what do you think? TBH, Apple's current behavior is too random for me to make a prediction. They banned sex themed apps and yet left Playboy and Sport Illustrated. I doubt they even know what they'll do next.

About Nate Hoffelder (11594 Articles)
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 Will Books Be The Next To Go In Apple’s App Store Purge?

  1. The idea of one book-one app always seemed impractical to me… more practical would be a reading app, allowing people to get their e-books from any source, and making it easier to update and add new features to a small number of apps for all readers to enjoy.

    But as you pointed out, the Apple cart is steered by money, and their decision will be guided by whatever makes them the most of it…

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