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Old 01-21-2012, 09:27 PM   #2
Shane Stanley
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What's predatory about it? They're saying you can use their free software to produce iBooks, but if you do, and you want to sell them, you have to distribute them through their store.

You're free to take your iBook and use its contents in any other format on any other platform. Does it try to lock you in? Absolutely. But predatory? Hardly.

They're basically saying that iBooks is free for non-commercial use, otherwise it's a tool for producing books to be sold through Apple, and for which you'll pay a percentage of earnings.

Does anyone seriously think they should have given away a free program designed to make content to be sold by their competitors?

(And yes, I sell a book electronically, and no, I won't be using it. That's the thing: it's an option you can take or leave.)
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