Banned E-Book Reappears in App Store, Censored

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 for free):

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).

Via:  iTunes
3vi1 5 years ago

I am *very* disappointed that the author gave in and censored the f-bombs in the book.

When, you know, he could have replaced it with a *** scene.

[edit]:  Oh wow... this forum censors the word for ladies that are from the isle of lesbos?  That's rather weird, given the tone of the article, eh?

Irony:  You're soaking in it.

Dave_HH 5 years ago

3vi1, I'm not sure I understand the point you're making. I don't think there's any wonder in why we don't allow curse words on this site.

ice91785 5 years ago

Just taking a step back....its so weird to thing about how a certain string of characters arranged in one way is good but in another is taboo to say....


Think of back when english was a developing language I mean. You think some ppl sat down and were like ", duck, apple -- these are acceptable; now if you arrage letter to spell @$$ well then gee golly, let's make that a bad one!"

shanewu 5 years ago

The thing is, ice, English is still developing as a language. Words that used to be okay and never used to cuss with are now "bad words" because of how they are used. Or actually, not because of how they are used but rather the sensibilities of the time and people.

I like the discussion though. It is interesting when you break language down and see that letters and hence words are just symbols that represent objects. So why do ANY have to be "bad"?

3vi1 5 years ago

The first point is: Since when is the word for women from lesbos a curse word? It's on magazine covers, used in TV shows, and even in newspapers all the time.

Which brings me to the second point: Given point one, "it's hard to justify the original ban..." in the article sounds hypocritical. If HH can decide what's proper for their site, then Apple surely deserves the same leeway.

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