Is Apple Big Bro now? CNET editor’s detective thriller banned from the App Store
December 22, 2008 | 8:45 am
Apple once ran a classic TV commercial positioning the Mac against the evil Big Bro-ish types at IBM. But is Steve Jobs’ outfit playing BB now? It’s banned David Carnoy’s detective thriller, the very book about which I just wrote.
Here’s yet one more argument for technological openness in distribution, e-book format standards and other areas. Imagine iTunes being The Big Store for e-books without alternatives existing. For the sake of free expression, let’s hope that third-party apps like Stanza survive on the iPhone.
Yes, I can understand some kind of access controls if a book is ultra-explicit in sexual ways or others, but mightn’t Apple be overdoing it with its gripe over Carnoy’s language? Screenshot shows one of his word crimes. Granted, TeleRead is a school- and library-friendly site, but this story demands presentation of the specifics. I don’t see anything there beyond what you’d hear in a high school locker room.
Meanwhile, now that David C. has offered his 25 tips for self-published writers, the topic of the earlier TeleBlog post, maybe he can add a 26th. Get your e-book banned by Apple to reap some extra publicity here and elsewhere.
Related: Gizmodo write-up.
The inevitable Solomon Scandals angle: I’ve got a scene where the protagonist playfully tickles a girlfriend’s nipple while they’re both in the shower. Will that send me to Apple Hell? Or how about the newsroom language? I really need to see if Twilight Times Books will submit Scandals to the App store so I, too, can enjoy a publicity boost. What’s next? Will the phrase “Banned by Apple” replace the old “Banned in Boston”?