November 28, 2020

UPDATE: Google Books iOS App is Available Once Again; Kobo, Nook, and Other Apps Updated To Reflect Change in Apple Policy

Updated Post: The Google eBook App is back online.

You can grab a copy here.

Changes? Enhancements?

The page reads: “Minor enhancements and bug fixes.”

Btw, what we mentioned below about Google not letting users know what was going on remains an issue. They could have done it a number of ways including making a small notation on some of the help documentation pages, a very brief blog post, informing key members of the media. No, they don’t have to do it but when a company is always talking about transparency and access to info how hard would it be to provide access to just a few words alerting users of what’s going on.

Hat Tip/Thanks: The Digital Reader

Why?

A new restriction that Apple announced was coming has gone into effect. Direct links to purchase material from the book vendor, newspaper, streaming music providers, etc. outside of the app. As a Kobo blog post puts it, You can no longer shop within our app from the Kobo bookstore.”

iOS apps for Kobo and Nook have been updated with the links their bookstores removed. However, the iPad app for nook is not online.

The Wall St. Journal is also having to deal with the policy change is are music service like Rhapsody.

See: “Kobo, WSJ Halt Direct Sales on Apple-Device Apps”

What about the Google eBook iOS app? It’s not online at this hour.

From ZDnet: “Apple enforcing eReader restrictions, Google Books no longer available to iOS

Finally,

  • NOTE TO GOOGLE: When a product or service you provide something is removed/taken offline (even temporarily) how about updating key help pages on the Google site with the info?
  • It’s now Monday at 1:30 EDT and the documentation about the Google iOS eBooks app hasn’t been updated with info about the app no longer being available.
About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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