Kobo isn't happy with Apple, plans to deke restrictions to give readers full experience elsewhere

Kobo is pissed with Apple's recent change to its app developer agreement policies, which saw a change that restricted developers from linking to external websites where users could pay for things that Apple would otherwise collect 30 percent on the sale.

Kobo has now revealed plans for a new web-based iteration of its e-reader app. The HTML5-based app will offer everything the iOS apps offer, plus the ability to buy books from the Kobo website, a convenience which the Toronto-based startup's iOS app was restricted from providing.

Dan Leibu, Kobo's CTO, told the Financial Post that "Apple is being quite stringent in their interpretation pf the policy," limiting developers to two unattractive options—sell content through Apple's mechanism and take a 30% hit on each transaction, or remove links and the ability to purchase stuff. 

Kobo's web app will launch later this year.

Kobo, Inc.
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Kobo is a global eReading service backed by majority shareholder Indigo Books & Music, Borders Group, REDgroup Retail, and Cheung Kong Holdings. Kobo believes consumers should be able to read any book on any device. With a catalog of over two million eBooks, and an open platform, Kobo enables retailers, device manufacturers and mobile operators to bring the joy of eReading to customers... more

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