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April 26, 2005

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Jim

Oh man, I hope this means that Dan once again makes his call to arms that all good people of the earth boycott the evil Apple machine! Then you'll discover the joy of using Windows -- or even better, Linux!

Or maybe, you'll rediscover that those of us who use Macs do so because they are the very best computers made, especially for people who like to actually get things done. Yes, Apple often behaves like a publicly traded company, not the pie-in-the-sky personification (corp-ification?) of hippie ideology that all the world seems to ascribe to them. Shocking, I know, considering that Apple just so happens to be a publicly traded company, not some NoCal commune .

All of this hand wringing about a book while Microsoft is paying Ralph Reed $20,000 a month for "consultancy" (read: access to right-wing Republicans). I figured Dan Gillmor would have been all over *that* story, considering a blogger broke it. Yet, there's nary a mention...

Stan Krute

> those of us who use Macs do so
> because they are the very best computers made

The arrogance of the company extends to its users.

Too often, genes are destiny.

-- stan

JS

Jim wrote: "Oh man, I hope this means that Dan once again makes his call to arms that all good people of the earth boycott the evil Apple machine! Then you'll discover the joy of using Windows -- or even better, Linux!"

Ha ha ha! Jim, you must be new. Believe me, Dan Gillmor has been all over Microsoft. And he's a Mac user. A while back he did a switchover from Windows to Mac despite his previous company's heavy reliance on Windows. He did a series on it. Trust me, Dan Gillmor likes his Macs, just like you do. He's just questioning Apple's latest moves.

McD

Apple didn't decide to NOT sell just this book... They elected to stop selling all books from the publisher in their retail outlets. Books in the David Pogue series that help people use Apple's sometimes poorly documented products. Apple as a company is acting (again) against the better interests of the company in deference to an individual. That's bad business and poor judgement in my book.

mythago

Tim, did you miss that Apple has every legal right to make this decision and the public has every legal right to criticize it? It's that wacky First Amendment thang.

That said, your analogy is off. If the publisher of "Dan Gilmor Is A Liar" also publishes "The Unofficial Dan Gilmor Fan Guide," how smart would it be for Dan Gilmor to say that because they printed the first book, he won't stock the second?

Bryan Baker

I like Cringely's take on this in his column today:


Steve Jobs of Apple is reportedly furious about an unauthorized biography of him that has been published by John Wiley. iCon Steve Jobs: The Greatest Second Act in the History of Business by Jeffrey S. Young and William L. Simon bothered Jobs so much, we're told, that he ordered all Wiley books (notably the For Dummies series) pulled from Apple's more than 100 stores.

Nonsense.

I have written things about Steve Jobs that are far worse than anything in this book, which is in many ways just a refresh of an earlier Jobs biography by Young. Steve hasn't black-listed me. In fact he rather likes his bad-boy image and loves to hear the nasty things that people have said about him.

So what is this all about? As always, I have a theory.

I think this episode with Wiley and Apple's earlier legal attacks on people who it accused of leaking product information are part of a campaign to look tough to movie studios and record companies. As I've surmised before, Apple is trying to put together a high definition movie download service that requires content from all the major movie studios. If Steve looks soft on IP theft or unwilling to flex his corporate legal muscles, the studios may think he won't adequately protect their corporate jewels.

And that's all it is. Steve couldn't care less about this book.

Nor is Wiley unhappy. Here's word from a breathless reader inside the Wiley machine: "The news broke everywhere from the NY Times to Forbes. And the book shot up to #144 on Amazon, which is unheard of. Everyone is running around like crazy."

I think He's right.
The link on my name is the column.

Gary

It's free will both ways. Wiley & Son can publish what they want. And likewise, Apple has every right to decide what is in its stores too. Same shoe on either foot.

If someone got a copy of one of your articles months before you intended to print it and posted it in a blog somewhere how would you feel about that?

Right.

That's the same as someone taking Apple's secret product designs and posting them on the net.

As for the biography, it's even Stephen. Pun intended.

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