Amazon's Updated Kindle App Is a Tiny F U to Apple's App Store

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Amazon just released a new update to its Kindle app for iOS, and it basically just told Apple to go f*** itself in the process. The Apple App Store bible absolutely forbids in-app purchases unless the company is willing to give Apple a 30 percent cut, but Amazon has finally found a way around this little speed bump: likely-soon-to-be-banned free samples.

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Previously, Kindle iOS users who wanted to purchase an ebook were pushed onto Amazon's website—a particularly obnoxious little side trip. Now, however, you can download the available free samples that, once finished, offer an option to send an email with a purchase link. Still not as convenient as an in-app purchase, yes, but it's worlds better than merely being able to search your existing library and nothing else.

As of now, the new search ability doesn't seem to violate Apple's App Store rules, but as we all know, the App Store isn't exactly conservative with their terms changes. So only time will tell if Amazon really has managed to get (at least somewhat) around a major inconvenience. [The Next Web]

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While I get the OS seller taking a cut for running the store (they provide support, certify apps, etc.), I think 30% is way too high, and encourages behavior like this (on top of discouraging people to develop certain kinds of apps), and basically moves the OS development cost from OEMs (or in Apple's case, carriers and customers directly) to developers. I get that it's been successful, but... 30%?

Maybe say, a small fee for the first 10,000 downloads? Then more? Or maybe a small fee, then 30% of the first dollar, then a smaller % after that? Because right now, if you write a $1 app, you get $0.70, pay for overhead (computer, keeping the lights on, etc.), then of the remainder, pay all taxes on that, which in the US for a self employed person, is 15.3% plus income tax plus state taxes (so, easily 45-50% of that), meaning you can easily be talking taking home $0.30 out of every $1 charged to your customers... doesn't seem like a great deal.