Here's Apple again with another one of those annoyances that really doesn't gain them much of anything but certainly annoys people like me. Here's the deal: a couple of months back, just after I got my Iphone, I downloaded the Kindle reader app, idly and not expecting much. To my stunned surprise, I fell in love with it. I do most of my Kindle reading now on the Iphone--so much so that I've basically ceded the real Kindle over to Mrs. B. I also found that Amazon could just suck money out of me because I could order and take delivery right from the Kindle app screen.
A few days that "order" function just disappeared, zap. Or if anybody told me, I sure missed it. I figured it might be a software glitch so I did the standard computer evasion of killing it out and reinstalling. No change, nada, zip. Idly again, I fired off an email to Amazon to tell them I missed the ordering app and, not incidentally, that it would probably cost them money.
They must have been waiting for me to call. In less time than it takes to tell, Amazon fired back an answer saying sorry, the app is no longer available "In order to comply with recent policy changes by Apple." So, apparently Jeff wants me to understand that he's not taking for Steve's grabiness. But then in the same email, Amazon tells me how to configure the same feature via Safari--with the facility, of course, to put a link on my home page.
Long story short, in a few more minutes, I have essentially the link installed on my home screen and by george they are right, it does just what the original Kindle app used to do. I cannot possibly imagine what advantage Apple gains by insisting on this workaround (and then not telling me about it)--unless their business plan shows them gaining utils by annoying the customer.