Concerned Publishers Group Says ‘Apple Is Not The Only Offer On The Table’

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Publishers from across Europe will convene at a hotel at London’s Heathrow Airport on Thursday morning to discuss their response to Apple’s new content subscription terms.

The meeting has been scheduled for weeks. Many publishers expected Apple’s announcement on Monday.

“It is good that, after many weeks of confusing its partners, Apple (NSDQ: AAPL) has finally decided to clarify their offer to content publishers to sell subscriptions,” Grzegorz Piechota, president of the European board of the International Newsmedia Marketing Association trade umbrella, which has called the summit, tells paidContent:UK.

But Piechota’s members don’t appear unilaterally happy. “We still miss many details and, as it happens, the devil is sometimes in the details,” he says. “In its statement, it has not answered to other publishers’ concerns — about the transparency of the app admission process and about content censorship.

“Our main goal is to be able to provide our customers — readers, users, viewers, listeners – access to our content on any device or a platform they wish for a reasonable price. Our concern is that publishers keep a direct relationship with their customers so they can improve the product and services provided.

“Apple’s offer is not the only one on the table and apps are not the only way to access content on mobile devices. Publishers and their associations are looking at all the options available and talking to all technology and payment system providers. It is a pity Apple has refused to talk with the representatives of this roundtable.”

The meeting is being attended by over 50 representatives of European publishers and associations including the Online Publishers Association, International Federation of the Periodical Press), World Association of Newspapers, the European Federation of Magazine Publishers, the European Newspaper Publishers Association and the European Business Press Federation.

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meta96

… come on, you could just push honeycomb a little, then webOS and you could control your media content again. as easy as it is

Andrew Goldberg

I like the EU’s more moderate view. In the end, is’t the Apple “Tax” a good thing in that it establishes a fair price for a new customer acquisition? No reason for Apple to continue giving the channel away for free. I think savvy publishers will find ways to minimize the negative consequences as well. http://bit.ly/fokVyK

Matthew Green

No other operating system has that many people, but soon there may be such options. Alternative operating systems are looking at allowing PayPal to work which already has over 100 million active users, as well as those users who are already on the system.

SteveAgnostic

@$350AShareMakesMeGrin>8-D “Steve has already said… and what he says is absolute word”. Sounds like: “Roma locuta, causa finita”. Is Steve a new Pope, or simply God?

$500AShareIsAnnoying!}:-D

Oooh! I’ll bet Apple is getting really scared. Apple is starting to hear the sabers rattling. I hope the publishers don’t cut their hands from drawing their sabers. They need to sit down and calmly talk it over with each other and in the end Apple is still going to take a 30% cut from anything that crosses into iTunes. Steve has already said “It’s not that big of a deal” and what he says is absolute word. If the publishers are unhappy with that deal, they have Android, RIM, Nokia and WP7 platforms to go to. Of course, none have as many as 160 million credit card accounts available to them. I believe only Apple has some of the highest-spending consumers at their beck and call. It seems the publishers can’t quite understand their situation.

Oh well. They have until June 30th to make up their minds to go or stay. I say that most of them will stay and pay for the privilege of being included on one of the largest and successful mobile platforms in the world.

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