|Posted on December 9, 2013 at 4:30 PM|
Time to talk a little author shop. Readers, this will bore the crap out of you. Authors, especially those using Smashwords, read on.
It's standard practice when submitting an e-book to a retailer to not include links to competing retailers in the content. Doing so will likely mean the title is rejected. That's a reasonable and standard practice.
What isn't reasonable is how iTunes is now rejecting titles submitted through Smashwords. Starting in early December, Apple writes "tickets" to Smashwords authors not in compliance with its retailing rules. One of those rules is having links to other retailers on the author's website.
That's right. Not in the author's e-book. On the author's website.
Sound a little overreaching? That's because it is. Apple isn't just looking for competing links in the e-book itself. It's going all the way to authors' websites.
I received a "ticket" myself via Smashwords. My crime? Having links to Amazon on my personal website.
Sorry, iTunes, but you're not winning this round. I like Apple products a lot, but I'm not re-tooling my entire website to suit your business model. My website it my exclusive corner of the Web, where I rule as benign dictator of all I behold. And while I appreciate Apple employees taking the time to check out CrimeFictionBook.com, it's just a little creepy. If you're going to stop in, at least buy a book.
Hopefully, this issue is addressed soon. It's preventing one of my titles from reaching the iTunes store, 6 Funny Detective Stories - Maynard Soloman Smokes the World's Problems. (Yeah, that's an Amazon link right there, jerks.)
Until then, I think I'll make an apple pie just out of spite. And because they're delicious.
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