August 10, 2011, 2:08 PM —
Apple builds not just products, but complete eco-systems to support their users. The iPod was great, but iTunes to give the iPod easy access to music was even better. Love 'em or hate 'em, but Apple wraps their customers in a protective range of services to ensure their computing experience is never threatened. You know, kind of like the Mafia provides stores protection to make sure nothing, ah, unfortunate happens. Capishe?
The street term for the gratuity needed to keep your legs in non-broken mode is "vigorish." In Apple's case, those making book and magazine apps for devices running iOS (mostly iPad) pay 30 percent of any sales to Apple, a steep price according to many. Apple's rules block apps from linking to non-Apple sales sites, forcing everyone to buy from iTunes. This meant iPad readers using the Kindle app, supported by Amazon's huge back end investment making new book buying a one-click affair, were forced to iTunes for new books.
So Amazon exploited the browser loophole, moving their reader and ordering from an app to browser access to the new Kindle Cloud Reader. You can now coordinate your library across your iPad through the browser, not the app. All the cool Kindle features of one-click ordering, picking up books where you stopped reading, and organizing your library are done as a browser application, not an app. Therefore, no more 30 percent vigorish to Apple.
There are ways around closed platforms. Open platforms shall prevail.
Joseph AJ on techcrunch.com
That's quite clever that! Apple won't let them sell e-books through the Kindle iOS app without taking a 30% cut, so instead they send the customer to buy the books through their browser!
Michael Papadopoulos on endgadget.com
Sweet revenge on Apple
Jobs to world: 'get off MY property, stop talking to MY people'. Amazon to Jobs' people: 'come to us' :)).
njarth on techcrunch.com
Suck it apple.
Matthew Palsson on techcrunch.com
Seems like a pretty brilliant use of the latest HTML5 technologies (especially with the off-line functionality). The obvious benefit, as mentioned, would be getting around Apple's "give us 30% of the price for in-app purchases" rule; but it would seem to have other advantages as well.
Westside guy on macrumors.com
Apple still wins
Steve Jobs: We support two platforms at Apple. Two. The first is HTML5, a fully-open, uncontrolled platform that is forged and defined by standards bodies. We fully support HTML5. Apple's browsers are in the lead in terms of supporting the full HTML5 standard, and we are behind this 100%. It is fully open."
JonnyFive on endgadget.com
Which do you worry more about: little companies getting trampled as the two ecommerce elephants fight, or Apple finding another way to extract their 30 percent?