Google Books is the first major app to be booted from the App Store for not complying with Apple’s latest in-app purchases policy. Apple’s new rules, which went into affect on June 30, state that no app can provide a link to purchasing additional content outside of Apple’s ecosystem.

Unfortunately, Google decided not to remove the link to its own eBooks store from its app, and it is no longer available as a result.

Google’s app first hit the App Store in December, and along with Amazon’s Kindle, it’s one of the major rivals to Apple’s own iBookstore. However, whereas Amazon’s Kindle and a number of other applications have been updated to comply with Apple’s terms, Google has so far decided not to bother…

Apple’s new App Store rules mean it’s impossible for developers to avoid Apple’s 30% cut for additional content and in-app purchases. They can no longer provide links in their applications that take users to external stores. A number of apps are yet to be updated to comply with these terms, and while it was initially believed that Apple may have scraped the policy, it now seems to be booting those apps that refuse to comply.

A number of other applications, such as Barnes & Noble, Kobo, the Wall Street Journal, and now Amazon’s Kindle, all scrambled to get their app updates out over the weekend for fear of Apple’s wrath. Despite any official word from either Apple or Google confirming the reason for blocking Google Books from the App Store, it seems Google was too late with its update.

Do you use Google Books? What’s your opinion on Apple’s new terms?

UPDATE: And Google Books is now back in the App Store without the “Buy Books” button.

  • Cameron

    Stupid Apple and there rules! And the blog said Google abuse power!

  • William

    Apple is decreasing the competition and the same time the innovation companies can make on one device. It’s nearly a monopoly, we should all go to Android.

    • moob

      what a load of rubbish, Apple made the in-app purchase policy perfectly clear, in this case it’s Google’s fault for non compliance. If it was the other way around no doubt you’d be complaining that Google were stifling competition and innovation.

      • Aaron

        Yes, but the Android store doesn’t have such harsh rules. It doesn’t matter that Apple made the rules clear. They’re stupid, wrong, and anti-competitive.

      • JoBerlin

        The in-app/book/magazine purchase stuff is only about profit on Apples side.
        But the rigid appstore rules are good for the not so tech-savvy users. You can easily install viruses on an Android device if you don’t know what you’re doing!

  • Night

    @Aaron; take in to account that due to lack of strict rules from Android side, allowed one person to create an app and steal a lot of info from the phones not so long ago.

    I agree that some times Apple abuses with some rules (all the jailbreakers know this), but not all rules are bad, and lack of rules those not mean better

    • Yboy403

      Finally, somebody clear-headed sums up the issue.

  • z

    As a Dev I find this policy completely ridiculous and in the end it means increased prices for the consumer (have to increase prices do to Apples Cut) I hope Google officially starts supporting Jailbreaking or something (that would hurt Apple alot)

  • Jason Masters

    It’s still available via installous

  • It’s too bad these companies can’t get along well enough to band together and sue Apple for their anti-competitive behavior. Maybe it is time to leave Apple products once and for all…

    • Darnitol

      The fact that you have somewhere to go when you leave Apple is the reason you can’t win a lawsuit against Apple over this.

      They don’t have a monopoly—they have a very, very successful product. If you don’t like that product or the rules that surround it, you have somewhere else to go. In the same way, Microsoft never had a monopoly in operating systems, even though they had over 90% market share at one point. This is Apple’s business model. Other companies have other models. I’m an iPhone user who doesn’t like certain aspects that Apple has locked down, but the reality is that I can choose another brand if that bothers me too much. So can anyone else.

      You’re mistaking competitive behavior that supports their business model for anti-competitive behavior.

  • Pie

    Apple get over your self

  • Pie

    Apple get over your se.lf