Apple Blocks Reader from Opening His iBooks, Or, Why Amazon Won the eBook Market
Yesterday we learned that Amazon has claimed 74% of the US ebook market, and by some serendipity, today I get to show you a reason why.
Writing over at BoingBoing, Mark Frauenfelder relays his frustrating experience with Apple’s arcane rules:
I apparently made a mistake somewhere down the line when I was setting up my family accounts on iCloud. (It’s confusing, at least to me.) Now Apple is punishing me by locking me out of my purchased iBooks for 90 days.
After 90 days, I bet I will make another mistake and get punished again for not being as smart as Apple thinks I should be. In any case, I will never buy another ebook from Apple.
And this is why Amazon won. It’s not that Amazon is perfect (goodness, no); they’re just a little more technically competent and lots nicer to their customers.
While one can appreciate Apple’s interest in limiting the number of accounts one ties to an app, blocking an iPhone owner from reading the ebooks he bought on this particular iPhone is just nuts.
images by Giuseppe Bognanni, Frauenfelder