Sep 9th, 2011

Google has sent out an email to users of its Google Books app for the iPad and iPhone informing of a change in the way they will be able to download new eBook content. The email points to new Apple policies as the reason for the removal of book purchases from within the app, but doesn’t delve into too much detail. It most likely relates to policies announced last February that require in-app purchases be handled through iTunes with Apple taking a 30 percent cut of sales. Detailed in the email are workarounds for both the iPhone and iPad allowing users to easily circumnavigate the Google Books application and continue purchasing new eBook content. Apple’s new policy forced a similar move from Amazon. The retailer replaced the ability to directly purchase content within the Kindle app with a link to their online storefront.

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