Publishers Warn Apple Over iTunes Newspaper Sales

Newspapers are warning Apple against trying to bleed them of extra cash by controlling subscriptions through its iTunes platform.

On Monday, the European Newspaper Publishers' Association (ENPA) said that publishers in Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Italy and France have received letters from Apple, informing them that all newspaper subscriptions will now have to be handled through iTunes.

According to (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-12391899) BBC News, the company is trying to control the distribution of newspapers and magazines on iTunes with its new subscription based plan.

If this happens, the ENPA warns, then a chunk of the publishers’ profits would go to Apple as commission. Publishers would also lose access to important information about the readers of their digital content, the association claims.

Publishers are worried that, by handing over control to Apple, their readers will no longer be able to subscribe through the newspapers’ sites.

The European Newspaper Publishers' Association (ENPA) said in a statement that “consumers may only have access to the newspaper of their choice via the iTunes store, where the transaction would be subject to commission.”

In a related move, Belgium's economic minister has called for an enquiry into Apple's plans of selling e-newspapers through iTunes.