Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Apple's subscription policies

Apple has outlined the rules for selling subscription via the app store, and many people are upset, especially about Apple's 30% "finder's fee". Here is the best article I've yet seen for outlining the situation. (I'm waiting for TidBITS to weigh in today.)

Like I have said, reading is a lot more than just books. A good periodical (to use a wide term) is a treasure, and periodicals will have to join a good electronic system just like books have to, to survive, so how these things work out can be important for readers.

3 comments:

TC [Girl] said...

"Apple's 30% "finder's fee""

RIDIC! :-0

eolake said...

It's not so ridic if it's a customer Apple found for the publisher, which is supposedly the case whenever the fee applies. Heck, in my industry we pay *fifty* percent finder's fee to affiliates.

TC [Girl] said...

Eolake said...
"It's not so ridic if it's a customer Apple found for the publisher, which is supposedly the case whenever the fee applies."

Yes..."IF!" And...then there's this case of, um, "MONOPOLY"!! Like..."What other choice does a person have, when Apple isn't open-ended like, say, Google w/their Android apps?!" It's like watching a bunch of kids sliding down a water slide straight into the awaiting SHARK'S GAPING-WIDE JAWS and everyone just stands around wringing their hands and mumbling "what to do?!" to each other! Apple:Perpetrator; "Customer":Victim (just 'cuz a person wants a quality-made and functioning product and don't seem to be able to throw the $ at making as "quality" a product as Apple can and does!)!

"Heck, in my industry we pay *fifty* percent finder's fee to affiliates."

UGH! to it ALL! :-/