A censored version of an e-book which had been rejected over "objectionable content" has been allowed to enter the App Store.
The book, Knife Music
, by C|Net Editor David Carnoy, was submitted using an embedded e-reader. As such, it was subject to a clause of the iPhone SDK, section 3.3.12 which states:
"Applications must not contain any obscene, pornographic, offensive or defamatory content or materials of any kind (text, graphics, images, photographs, etc.), or other content or materials that in Apple's reasonable judgment may be found objectionable by iPhone or iPod touch users."
The author now states of the new version of the e-book (available
All explicit words or scenes have been carefully removed from this second version of the ebook, to suit readers of all ages. The print version remains unchanged.
Still, considering the lyrics of some of the songs (or even words in some of the movies) offered at iTunes, it's hard to justify the original ban, particularly since Sony's e-book store carries
an uncensored version, also for free (ahem, Apple?).
By the way, many of the comments at the App Store were incensed at Apple over the censorship of the book. One, however, said he felt nothing had been changed from the print version (which really makes no sense, as you can bet Apple re-examined carefully all the sections of the book that were problematic).