Jul 24

The Google Books app for the iPhone can not be found in the App Store anymore, rumors go that Apple ejected the App from the App Store, but why? Earlier this week the App was also removed for some time, but came back, nobody knows what happend. But now it looks like its removed permanently.

Google Books was just updated in April with new 3D page turning, landscape mode and search so it is unlikely that Google decided to orphan it.  Google launched its Books initiative in December of this year as a competitor to Amazon and Apples eBookstores.

So why is it gone now?  The timing with Apples new, controversial Terms of Service would seem like the most obvious explanation.

Was Google in violation of Apples new in-app purchase terms of service? Or, is this because Harry Potter is coming out on Google Books?

Source [9to5mac]

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