Everyone has gone stir crazy. When did things get so nasty. When everyone starts in the beginning, they’re friendly, open, and considerate. They’re all ears and they’re operating to higher ideals.
Then things change.
Suddenly, the swoosh of money, venture capital guidance, a flood of users, and a rising “importance” changes mindsets. Suddenly, everyone has an ego. Everyone has a vision. Everyone stops working together.
I really don’t care about the reasons. Many of the “upstarts” were hungry, docile, and friendly. They were willing to work to higher ideals to make things happen. To change the world. Then they became big, got a little money, became arrogant, blind and stupid. Suddenly, that rush to be open and friendly to build “scale” turns into a tragic set of actions which start to feel monolithic, monopolistic, anti-revolutionary and anti-competitive.
Where the hell did Apple get the idea that they can somehow dictate what is appropriate and not-appropriate for their iBookstore? This story has been making “hay” in the social media sphere that it has folks like Dan Gillmor are calling Apple’s actions “control freakery”. I would agree.
Here’s my response on twitter to Phil Schiller from Apple:
Want to guess the crime? Here’s the snippet from the article (read full article):
I cannot sell PART of the course on Apple. SoHow To Think Sidewayswill not appear on the iBookstore. Neither willHow To Revise Your Novel.
But I also will not deal with this sort of head-up-ass behavior from adistributor. You don’t tell someone “The problem is the live links,” and then, when that person has complied with your change request and removed the live links, turn around and say, “No, no. The problem is the CONTENT. You can’t mention Amazon in your lesson.
This is not professional behavior from a professional market.
And cold moment of truth here—you cannot write a writing course that includes information on publishing and self-publishing and NOT mention Amazon. It’s the place where your writers are going to make about 90% of their money.
So I’m pulling ALL my work from the iBookstore today. I apologize to iBookstore fans. I tried. Hard.
This is what Apple’s actions remind me of:
- No API For You: Twitter Shuts Off “Find Friends” Feature For Instagram - TechCrunch (techcrunch.com)
- The API-ificiation of software - and LEGOs (gigaom.com)
- Hootsuite CEO says the valuation tops $500M, but VCs aren’t buying it [exclusive] (venturebeat.com)
- API Management Platform Mashery Closes On $10 Million, Doubles The Number Of Mashery-Powered Apps (techcrunch.com)
- Sequoia Capital’s $1 Billion Raise Is Very Much About Going Global (techcrunch.com)