Originally Posted by nht
No you don't. I buy non-DRM'd books from webscriptions and load them into iBooks, Stanza, etc.
But most people don't buy their books from a DRM free source. Most purchase through a webstore like Kindle or ibooks, or buy physical copies. Furthermore, a lot of popular content is only available (legally) with DRM.
This is why Apple is requiring this in-app subscriptions policy. They KNOW it will force all of their competitors out of the market.
As for Amazon leaving, I guess I'd be annoyed if I bought Kindle books and primarily read them on the iPad. However, if that's the case then Amazon is really freeloading since i'm using very little of their infrastructure. The most costly is to develop is the ebook reader.
No, if you buy a book from the Kindle 90% of the infrastructure you're using is Amazon. The ONLY Apple part you're using is the small amount of space it takes to store the app on their servers for download. You already paid for the device, either at retail, or by signing a contract with a carrier. All data transmission, server costs, royalties, etc. for that book are covered by Amazon, not Apple.
Amazon could have pulled the Kindle app at any point so Apple at no point sold the iPad based on the availability of any particular app. The app store will continue to exist.
I wasn't implying that it wouldn't survive. But one of the reasons it got to the point it is today is because of big ticket apps LIKE Kindle and Netflix.
Actually looking into it only really impacts Amazon. B&N and Sony both use ePub with Adobe DRM. I believe that the iFlow Reader currently supports that but it is tied to a book store. Still, adding Adobe DRM to someone like Stanza should be possible even if the app price goes up. Optimally iBooks adds Adobe DRM in additon to Fairplay but that'll be a cold day in hell.
No, it impacts the consumer. Because if I as a consumer want to read a book on my ipad/iphone I'll now be FORCED to get it through Apple (or hunt down a third party somewhere and sideload it, which most customer's won't). And if in 2 years I decide I went the new HpOS tablet, I'll lose ALL the money I invested into my ebook collection because you know Apple won't build an app for other platforms.