Yesterday’s “Everybody panic!” is today’s “Meh.” B&N, Amazon, and Google Books have all taken pains to make it abundantly clear that you can only buy their ebooks from the e-store “through the Safari browser on their device or any computer” (to quote B&N) and have removed direct links to those stores from their iPad apps. In this way, they bypass Apple’s 30% revenue request. Here are the chances folks have made, including Google Books’ return to the App Store with ebook sales disabled.
We wanted to let you know that we’ve updated our Kindle app for iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch. The big change is that you can now use the Kindle app to read over 100 Kindle newspapers and magazines including the Economist, as well as share favorite passages from your reading via Facebook and Twitter. In order to comply with recent policy changes by Apple, we’ve also removed the “Kindle Store” link from within the app that opened Safari and took you to the Kindle Store. You can still shop as you always have – just open Safari and go to http://www.amazon.com/kindlestore. If you want, you can bookmark that URL. Your Kindle books will be delivered automatically to your iPad, iPhone or iPod touch, just as before.
NOOK for iPad will soon be updated to offer the innovative, interactive magazine experience first available on the award-winning NOOK Color™. Optimized for high-resolution displays in rich, beautiful color, iPad users will have access to popular daily, weekly and monthly periodicals, including Esquire, Maxim, Forbes, Food Network Magazine, Newsweek, Popular Science, ESPN The Magazine, Elle, O, the Oprah Magazine, Parenting: Early Years, The Washington Post, USA TODAY, The Chicago Tribune, The Los Angeles Times and many more. Through Barnes & Noble’s exclusive ArticleView technology, readers can customize the article’s text to their favorite style in an easy to read, central panel on the display. NOOK Magazines can be enjoyed in both portrait and two-page landscape view and feature a slider and other interactive tools to enable the user to move easily throughout the magazine. NOOK Newsstand periodicals are available for subscription at http://www.nooknewsstand.com with a 14-day free trial and via single copies.
Removed sales links. They’ve also, in the process, rendered the app nearly useless to a confused reader.
We now return you to your regularly scheduled Internet outrage.