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Apple blocks explicit comic in App Store, but not iBookstore

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Posted 10 April 2013 - 05:49 AM

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  Posted 10 April 2013 - 06:18 AM

Past issues of Saga has toed the line and from looking at my library, I got those via the app.

I'm sure they let 50 Shades "slide" due to the overwhelming demand and the money they knew they could make from it.
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  Posted 10 April 2013 - 08:09 AM

Doesn't seem like much of a mystery to me. Apple sells "R-rated" movies, books and music, but they've decided to keep the App Store decidedly PG, if not G. That's how it's been from the start. They want the App Store to be as friction-free as possible so that the easily offended don't even have to think *at all* about whether or not something might harm their sensitivities. It's easy to see the logic in this. The App Store was a "new thing" when it was introduced - there weren't precedents for what an app store was that were known to the public. Apple chose to make their App Store a friendly playground. And, they're certainly sold a lot of apps. The general public already knows that if you're buying movies, there could be R-rated movies to watch out for! Same with books. But you don't have to worry about any of that in the Apple App Store - whew!

The problem of course is that Comixology, while an app, is functionally an "iBookstore" for comics. But, to keep it simple and safe for everymom Jane Smith, Apple is keeping the App Store PG - no matter what! You can't expect Ms Smith to understand these esoteric distinctions, and Apple knows this.

I doubt Apple will "align its policies for its various storefronts" any time soon.
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  Posted 10 April 2013 - 09:54 AM

I think the difference is that kids most likely will not go into the iBookstore looking for books, nor will they really look for movies. But they will go around looking in the App Store. That is how it is with my kids. They look for apps all the time but don't touch the iBookstore or iTunes Store.
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  Posted 10 April 2013 - 10:34 AM

Silly, childish, inconsistent and bad for the Apple brand. I've never bought a comic book download before but I bought this one. I suppose the artists should thank Apple for the free publicity. Censorship like this is just stupid, and pointless.
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  Posted 10 April 2013 - 10:49 AM

I agree these policies can be frustrating. On the other hand, I appreciate being able to browse the App Store without the top selling items all being porn titles with explicit app icons.
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  Posted 10 April 2013 - 11:38 AM

Apple should let you choose a rating when browsing the app store from iTunes or an iOS device and set a password on it. So if you set it to PG, the app store will never show you R-rated apps. It should also not allow external direct links to the app work if the rating is higher than allowed.
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  Posted 10 April 2013 - 11:58 AM

Or, maybe Apple never blocked it in the first p,ace. Maybe it was the App publisher. Time to update the article now that the real information is out.
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  Posted 10 April 2013 - 04:26 PM

"Even the venerable Playboy has bowed to Apple, and offers a version of its publication without nudity. "

Not to be outdone, cookbooks are now scrambling to only have recipes appropriate for a fruitarian diet.
I'm more of a "Woz" guy...
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