updated 11:55 am EDT, Mon July 25, 2011
Amazon Kindle iOS app loses store for magazines
Amazon on Monday gave into Apple's demands and pulled the Kindle Store button from its iOS app (free, App Store). Following similar moves by Google, Kobo, and the WSJ, Kindle readers using version 2.8 and up will now have to purchase the books on the web and only sync them through the iPad or iPhone. Apple as of July officially allows only its own store to have a direct purchase link.
In return for the limited access, Amazon is bringing its magazine and newspaper subscriptions to iOS for the first time. Those who have active subscriptions will get new issues automatically and can download older issues through the archives, complete with the color images the Kindle hardware lacks. Publications joining in on the iOS support early on include The Economist and Reader's Digest with more either available or "on the way."
New social aspects have come to the iOS app as well and let users share passages through Facebook or Twitter without having to leave the book.
Apple proposed the rules in February since it believed that all purchasing going through the devices themselves should go through iTunes. The company ended up backing off on a requirement for subscriptions and similar content that it always have the best pricing if the content was available elsewhere. It may have been prompted by an FTC investigation of the original terms.
Amazon was one of the later holdouts and posed a problem for Apple given that the Kindle reader was more popular than iBooks for reading. The timing has been called into question given that Amazon is near launching its own Android tablet and would have an edge for Kindle reading as a result.
Earlier Kindle app