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News Mon Mar 05 2012

Book Banned from Apple iBooks Over Content

Seth Godin's e-Book Stop Selling Dreams was recently rejected by Apple iBooks. The offending content in question? Links to recommended books - on

"I think there's nothing much wrong with merchants and vendors working hard with exclusives and deals to increase market share," Godin said. "When it comes to a content screen, though, I get nervous, particularly when the device is part of the store. Once you are reading your books on a device that is hooked into a store, the person curating the store has a great deal more power than a local bookseller ever did." Read more here.

Godin is a marketing specialist and public speaker who launched the websites Yoyodyne (later purchased by Yahoo) and Squidoo. He describes Stop Stealing Dreams as a "30,000 word manifesto" on the state of modern education. He is not charging for the book and offers several options to download it for free.

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