No more buying books for Kindle app on ipad/iphone

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    Kindle app

    I have an update for the kindle app which would get rid of the kindle store button. I love the fact that it directs me straight to the ebook section in Amazon. I realise there was an Apple deadline for in-app purchases but what would happen if the update for the kindle app wasn't downloaded? Why does Apple do this? Is it really all about the 30% profit they make on each purchase. The kindle app is one of my favourite apps and the direct button to Amazon is a brilliant feature! Anyone know what would happen or would this be wrong of me to do? I've tried looking it up on Safari and no answers there.

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    Amazon just eliminated the "visit the Kindle store" on it's iPad/iPhone app.

    I presume we can still use Safari to buy books for the Kindle.
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    You don't have to update, apple can't force you. Not updating will mean the kindle store button stays and will continue to work.
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    Thank you!. I thought no-one would answer me but now there are 3 threads with the same sort of query. I can't be the only one to worry about this rule. This is the first time I'm concerned about where Apple is heading.

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    I'm just going to ignore the update. That button is useful.

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    Yes, you can use Safari to get books, then when you open the Kindle app, the purchased books will download. The only thing they really did was take the shortcut from the app. That is all it was anyway - it opened up Safari to the Kindle page on Amazon.
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    Odd. I suppose the app might have violated Apple's revised rules for in-app purchases. Seems very strange, though.
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    Just create a bookmark on your favorite web browser. There's no point in missing out on reader upgrades when you can buy directly from Amazon.....
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    MacDailyNews have said that Amazon Kindle, Kobo, Google and Wall Street Journal have all conceded to taking the store button away.

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    Yes, I suppose so. It's just so annoying and normally I am a big fan of Apple but even I find this a bit heavy handed.

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    I agree... We're reading books, for crying out loud. I see this as a step toward monopolizing what Apple will allow me to read. What's to say Apple's next step won't be to require 30% royalty for even downloading a book onto my iPad? (straight from the web) The problem is that iBooks has such a poor and overpriced selection, and this is a step in the wrong direction of allowing me to enjoy my iPad ... Makes me wonder if an android tablet might be in my future -- I love everything about iPad except this increasing market strategy to control everything I can do with it.
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    Ok, the update has NOTHING to do with controlling what you can/can't read in the Kindle app. It removes a hyperlink. That's it. Go to Amazon.com's Kindle section and bookmark it.

    Also, this update allows you to get Magazines and Newspapers - thus ADDING to what you CAN read/access.
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    Don't get annoyed Somerled!  I was just saying that I liked everything in one app. Yes, I can go onto Safari but I like being in the kindle app and doing everything there! It's why I like IPF app and the eBay app, it's because I like apps and only go onto Safari for everything else.

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    Apple wanted a 30% cut of all books purchased through the app and Amazon wasn't willing to give up their entire profit margin (can't say I blame them). This was the compromise Apple and Amazon came up with.
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    Interesting, I just updated the Kindle app today w/o really looking at the potential changes, but the browse/purchase button is gone! :confused:

    Just curious if you have a link that verifies the statement(s) made above in the quote? Thanks - :)
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    Here is one but you can find more if you google it.

    Amazon caves to Apple, drops Kindle's in-app button - Computerworld

    We have been talking about this for months over on the Kindle boards.
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    Yay! We get to keep our Kindle books on the ipad. I'm glad they reached a compromise, unlike our elected representatives right now.
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    I read the link provided in the previous post. Oh well....it was easy going from the app to the website, especially since I like to buy samples before I buy. Now those links in the book samples no longer work and the button is gone as reported by others. So now I have to launch Safari, go to Amazon.com and look for books to buy starting there at the website, buy a book and then go to Kindle app.

    A little bit more keystrokes but I can live with this change. Kindle and Nook books are cheaper than Ibooks. The bottom line is I can still read Kindle books or Nook books on my iPad. As long as that doesn't change, this missing functionality is okay.
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    Which is why Apple wanted the Kindle purchase option gone.
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    If Apple wants more market share, they need to offer more titles in iBooks. I like using the app, and one dollar difference doesn't really bother me, but they often don't have what I'm looking for.

    Does anyone know a way of suggesting titles to Apple for iBooks?

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