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July 25, 2011 / David Bleeker

iOS e-readers remove store links to comply with Apple rules

Several prominent iOS-based e-reading apps received updates on Monday that removed one small, but important feature: To comply with Apple’s latest policies on selling app content outside of the standard in-app purchasing API, the Kindle, Kobo, and Nook apps all dropped in-app links to their Web-based ebook stores. And at least one significant e-reader has disappeared from the store entirely.

Specifically, the apps now comply with Apple’s App Store requirement for purchasing external content:

Apps can read or play approved content (specifically magazines, newspapers, books, audio, music, and video) that is subscribed to or purchased outside of the app, as long as there is no button or external link in the app to purchase the approved content. (emphasis added)

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