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Amazon's 'Kindle' App Updated to Remove Direct Kindle Store Links [Updated: Nook]

Following reports that The Wall Street Journal and eBook company Kobo have pulled direct content sales from their iOS apps in order to comply with Apple's new rules regarding in-app subscriptions and purchases, Amazon has followed suit with an update to its Kindle app for iOS.
What's new

- This update removes the Kindle Store button from the app.
While the Kindle app has always redirected users to a Safari web app for purchasing, it has until now prominently featured a button to allow users to quickly navigate to the store from the app. Users will now have to manually load the store in Safari when they wish to purchase new content.

Kindle app before (left) and after (right) update

Amazon has attempted to soften the blow of the new inconvenience for getting to the Kindle Store by enhancing support for newspapers and magazines on the iOS app. Users can now read over 100 newspapers and magazines through the app after subscribing via the Kindle Store website. Kindle users who are already subscribed to newspapers and magazines can now quickly access the content on their iOS devices via the "Archived Items" section.

Given the number of apps that have been updated or removed to address Apple's in-app subscription and purchases policy, it certainly appears that Apple has finally closed the door and begun enforcing the new rules that were to have gone into effect on June 30th.

Update: Barnes & Noble's NOOK app has also seen its "Shop" button removed in an update today.
You can read any NOOK Book you have purchased on this updated NOOK for iPhone app, however the Shop link has been removed so to buy NOOK Books from your iPhone, open your Safari browser and go to nookbooks.com.

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39 months ago
Happy now Apple? So much for ease of use. This is pathetic. :rolleyes:
Rating: 64 Votes
39 months ago
Apple has every right to do what it wants with its platform; it seems perfectly reasonable to me for them to want to get in on the action from apps that are taking advantage of the platform's userbase (meaning, apps like Kindle that direct the user to the Kindle Store, in which case Apple gets nothing, despite providing Amazon with the customer in the first place via the iOS device).

Honestly, the way some of you talk, if you don't like what Apple's doing with iOS in regards to content and 30% cuts, why not just ditch them entirely the next time around and spare yourselves the frustration?

This is an inconvenience, sure, but if you look at it from Apple's point of view, it's only fair. And if Amazon really was upset by this change, they could've pulled out of the App Store. But they didn't, because they're still going to be making mad money.

The App Store isn't a charity, folks.

/rant
Rating: 39 Votes
39 months ago
Thanks Apple. You sure provide excellent "user friendly" features. You don't even get your ridiculous 30% cut.

Just another dickish move... nothing surprising really.
Rating: 37 Votes
39 months ago
stupid really stupid apple, dont be so nitpicking all the time
Rating: 25 Votes
39 months ago

Why then, should Amazon be allowed to profit on this platform without paying "rent"?


Where they were profiting without paying "rent"?


Think of it like free advertising. Amazon uses the iOS platform to make more money, while Apple gets no compensation for putting together the platform and hence establishing the userbase in the first place.


Which free advertising?

What compensation deserves Apple from a Safari purchase? Does it deserve a cut when I buy a theater ticket from Safari browser?
Rating: 18 Votes
39 months ago
Is everyone here that has the app, just going to update?

I plan on holding on to the version that I have, with the button...
Rating: 18 Votes
39 months ago

Since there have been over 200 million iOS devices sold, Amazon (and others) have the potential to reach a far greater audience. This is all possible because of the platform that Apple built. Why then, should Amazon be allowed to profit on this platform without paying "rent"?


Not this trite again. IAP is an optional service, a payment processor. Amazon has their own payment processing infrastructure.

The "rent" is the 99$/year developer fees and the 30% of the app price itself.

Can we drop the "rent" thing ? Apple wouldn't have sold those 200 million iOS devices with Safari alone, it's things like Kindle, the iOS games, Google apps, Netflix and others that make them worthwhile. It works both ways, as such, developers owe nothing to Apple beyond the 99$/year and 30% of the app's price. Apple has no grounds to force IAP/IAS on 3rd parties that don't require such a payment processing service.
Rating: 16 Votes
39 months ago

I don't understand how removing the link is so terrible


I don't understand why is so terrible to keep the link
Rating: 16 Votes
39 months ago
Apple please make exceptions.
Rating: 16 Votes
39 months ago

Since there have been over 200 million iOS devices sold, Amazon (and others) have the potential to reach a far greater audience. This is all possible because of the platform that Apple built. Why then, should Amazon be allowed to profit on this platform without paying "rent"?


Because Apple don't want their customers to have this experience: "Wow! This is so much easier on Android!" :)
Rating: 16 Votes

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