Apple's new iBookstore is a nightmare waiting to happen to the music industryHolly Lisle recently blogged about the new Apple iBooks on her blog "Holly Lisle: Official Author Homepage." She removed her books from iBookstore because of a little clause: "if they reject your work you cannot sell it in the format the software created anywhere else."
Whoa! WTF? If you use their software to create your "book" then you have to sell it on their bookstore - and if they don't like it you can't sell it anywhere??? Ah, NO!
There are a lot of great things Apple has done for the computing industry. Put an iPhone next to an Android phone and the functionality, speed and operation is faster, slicker and all around smoother experience. Put a Mac next to a PC and generally what you attempt to do will be more intuitive (although, I find Mac OS frustrating as I'm used to the bass-akwards way Windows works). Music applications (my life's blood) interface better with the hardware than PC's do. So, you'd think, being a composer/musician I'd be all over getting a Mac into my house and syncing it with my iPad and iPhone (I own none of these).
But, Apple has for a very long time been proprietary. If their hardware breaks you have to take it to an authorized Apple dealer or you void your warranty. That Apple dealer will charge you an arm and three toes just to look at it. My friend had an iPhone and the screen stopped working. Apple wanted to charge $80 to investigate and if it was the "known" issue, repair would be another $100. A local tech fixed the same phone for $30 and he came to her. Now, her phone is out of warranty, so if anything else goes wrong she's screwed.
My understanding about the new Apple "free" software is that it is Amazing. Authors are going to LOVE it! However, it sets a dangerous precedent. According to an article in the Telegraph, Apple doesn't want to "own" your book -- no, they just want to control it. Will Apple then say, "If you created your music on our hardware you MUST give iTunes the right to sell it. And if we don't like it you can't sell it elsewhere..."???
With all the talk about SOPA and PIPA and the infringement of rights, piracy and free use, Apple is making yet another play at controlling the industry. I don't buy that, so I don't buy or use their products.