Kobo, Kindle remove e-book stores from iOS apps
Faced with the choice of following Apple’s new App Store rules which, in its simplest terms would require both booksellers to give a Apple 30% cut of in-app purchases, the two leading e-book sellers have chosen to remove the store from their iOS apps. Users of the Kobo and Kindle apps on iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad will have to open Safari and surf to the appropriate book store to browse the bookshelves and make a purchase.
With this update Kobo has added a Kobo News feed..which will provide a way for Kobo to steer clients to its bookstore while complying with Apple’s new rules.
eReader apps for Android, RIM, WebOS and PC devices will contrinue to feature the integrated bookstore. This change was brought about by Apple’s requirement that if an app offers the facility to buy books outside of the app (on the web) the same offer has to be available in the app via the app store. That would mean that Apple will take 30% of all revenue for Apple iPad in-app purchases.
Obviously Kobo and Amazon have decided they do not wish to give Apple a piece of their action..a piece, by the way big enough that it would seriouly impact the profitabality of both bookstores and certainly require a price increase.
What do you think of this development? Will you be bothered by the need to go to the web store to make purchases? Will it affect your book purchases in any way? Let me know your thoughts in the comments section.