I just found out that Apple is rejecting my new manifesto Stop
Stealing Dreams and won’t carry it in their store because
inside the manifesto are links to buy the books I mention in the
Quoting here from their note to me, rejecting the book: “Multiple
links to Amazon store. IE page 35, David Weinberger link.”
And there’s the conflict. We’re heading to a world where there are
just a handful of influential bookstores (Amazon, Apple, Nook…)
and one by one, the principles of open access are disappearing.
Apple, apparently, won’t carry an ebook that contains a link to
buy a hardcover book from Amazon.
Would Amazon carry a book that linked each book in the bibliography to the iBookstore? I don’t know, maybe they would. But would Barnes & Noble carry a book that contained coupons to buy additional books at Borders? (Pretend Borders is still in business.) Why not link to iBookstore versions of the books from the iBooks edition?