Is Apple Guilty of Censorship?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka

In today’s lead article David Carnoy discusses his leap from DIY digital publishing to conventional print publishing. In the piece, he describes how his original submission of his novel as an iPhone App was rejected on the grounds of censorship. After some pruning of “F-bombs” from the novel, it was accepted.

Apple’s Steve Jobs has been quoted as saying that his company’s iPhone and iPad platform offers the world “freedom” from smut — and, indeed, the company has eliminated most “adult content” apps from its store. But rejecting a novel on the basis of foul language and racey content — isn’t that censorship?

Would Ulysses make the cut? Perhaps. But definitely not Agnar Mykel or legions of romance writers.

What do you think? Let us know in the comments.

About the Author

Edward Nawotka

A widely published critic and essayist, Edward Nawotka serves as a speaker, educator and consultant for institutions and businesses involved in the global publishing and content industries. He was also editor-in-chief of Publishing Perspectives since the launch of the publication in 2009 until January 2016.