A bunch of European publishers got together today to discuss the recent subscription plans announced by Apple and Google. They're not satisfied with the way the market is working so far. Main objections? Censorship, excessive fees, lack of direct relationship with readers and opaque app approval rules.
Freedom of speech is the basis of the media’s existence. Publishers cannot agree with the practices of technology companies that interfere with editorial decisions on what to put into a digital publication. So we appeal to Apple to change its rules and practices that led to the rejection of apps in some European countries regarding content considered legal and appropriate in those countries.
-Paidcontent, Feb. 17, 2011