Apple Gets Picky with Eucalyptus

Apple has put up yet another stop sign for yet another app, citing “inappropriate sexual content” as the culprit.

Apple has rejected Eucalyptus, an ebook reader application that allows both iPhone and iPod touch users to “download public-domain books from the Project Gutenberg digital archives.”

The work in particular that caused all the ruckus is a Victorian-era, text-only edition of The Kama Sutra of Vatsyayana.

It’s not like there’s any racy content already available on the web. Why start now? (Insert sarcasm here)

In response to the fall out, Eucalyptus developer James Montgomerie writes: “The exact book (the Kama Sutra) that Apple considers the ability to read ‘objectionable’ is freely available on the iPhone in many ways already. You can find it through Safari or the Google app, of course, but it is also easily available via other book reading apps. You can get it easily via eReader, though the search process is handled by launching a third-party site in Safari, with the download and viewing taking place in eReader. Stanza offers up multiple versions, some with illustrated covers. Amazon’s Kindle app, the latest version of which was approved by Apple this week, offers multiple versions too–although it does charge from 80¢ to $10 per book–and you again purchase via Safari before Kindle downloads the book.”

At the end of the day, however, Apple is the boss. And all software must be approved by Apple before it can be made available in the iTunes App Store.

Under the company’s terms and conditions, any program pegged to contain “innapropriate sexual content” will get the boot.  Eucalyptus learned that Apple stands by it’s disclaimer.