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Mirroring the actions of the medieval church, which banned and burned books that failed to fit its version of the word of God, Apple has banned iCon Steve Jobs: The Greatest Second Act in the History of Business from its shops.
According to the publishers, John Wiley & Sons, Apple has been trying for a month to prevent the publication of the book. When it failed, it ordered that Apple stores will not be able to stock it.
The book's author, Jeffrey Young, is a little surprised that Apple has got so angry about the book. All it is, he says, is a chronicle of Jobs' rise as an innovator and entrepreneur and includes details about his personal life such as his divorce and fight with cancer.
In fact he thought the book was positive and laudatory. The only thing he could think that miffed the Cappuccino CEO was that it included a bit about his personal life.
According to Associated Press, the book spurning is just the latest in a series of clamp downs that Apple has had against people talking about it to the media.
In January, Apple sued a 19-year-old journalist of ThinkSecret who, it said, revealed trade secrets about the Mac mini computer. It also subpoenaed the ISPs of three online reporters who wrote about the secret products, seeking to identify their sources.
More on the book ruckus here. µ
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