There has actually been a bunch of conversation concerning modifications that Amazon has actually made to the Comixology application. Especially, the business removed the customer’s capacity to get comics via the application.
On this week’s Back to Work, Dan and Merlin chatted concerning exactly how the App Store guidelines make the it to make sure that Comixology can not also connected to its very own store from Comixology comics.
Just before now, if you finished one concern of a comic, the last panel would thinking if you intended to get the following problem (if available) or other associated material. Now it’s simply empty. Likewise, Kindle publications could not be purchased via the Kindle app, nor could a book in a series advise that you could intend to check out the following one.
Ends up that’s not the weirdest point that Amazon has done when it comes to managing the iOS App Store restrictions. That hönor goes to the Audible.com app for iOS. It has an entire tab called “More Works” that leads to … absolutely nothing. Well, there’s the text you view over:
Audible is the home of a huge brochure – you’ll locate bestsellers, sci-fi, love, classics, human, and much more.
5 navigation tabs below the app, and among them is basically empty.
It was noticeable to me that this was empty as a result of the same App Store limitations, but I was curious to see what Audible assistance would claim concerning this, so I emailed them and inquired regarding the objective of the “Much more Books” tab.
Here’s the reply I obtained (emphasis mine):
The “Much more Works” function is simply a placeholder in the meantime, as the alternative to buy a book through the application is currently not available. To be able to acquire brand-new books within the Audible application, you need to acquire them on the Audible internet site. You can acquire Audible titles by establisheding the mobile web browser on your iPhone/iPad and going to audible.com.
To access our Mobile Store on your gadget:
1) Satisfy touch the Safari icon on your iPad.
2) Please touch the address bar and enter www.audible.com.
3) Tap “GO” and you’re off to the Audible Store
If Amazon had actually made this decision strictly for the objectives of making Apple look bad, a customer e-mail would certainly have been the ideal chance to say something like “the alternative to acquire a publication with the application is presently not readily available because of Apple’s restrictive plans” or something like that. If Amazon.com had actually made this decision to harm iOS and make Android look a lot better, this would have been the ideal possibility to claim “Well, you can not do this on iOS due to Apple, yet if you purchased a Kindle Fire or Android tablet computer, then you could!”
Rather, all I got was “the option to acquire a book via the application is currently not offered” which has to do with as common and bland of a reaction as you could possibly obtain. If you recognize the past and the plans behind this circumstance, then you’ll recognize why, however leaving that mostly-blank tab in the Audible.com application still appears like a truly unusual decision to me.
Episode 63 of the Accidental Tech Podcast likewise had a prolonged conversation of the Comixology/in-app getting circumstance. John Siracusa suggested that Apple should attempt to negotiate with Amazon given that the encounter of getting Kindle and Comixology (and Audible, although it had not been discussed clearly) is much worse on iOS and lessens consumer satisfaction with the system. Marco Arment made a counter-argument that Apple doesn’t have to address this since individuals are angry at Amazon/Comixology, not Apple. The installment was a great overview of the different concerns around this subject.