iBooks Author riles standards advocates

Apple yesterday unveiled iBooks Author, a free app that enables you to create multitouch books for the iPad. The application resembles products from Apple's iWork suite, and it is already mired in controversy, in part due to workflow limitations and a seeming lack of interest in typography, but also due to an EULA that appears to forbid commercial use of it for anything other than creating products to sell through Apple's own storefront.

Now standards advocates have honed in on another controversial aspect of Apple's new app: that it’s extending an existing standard with proprietary hooks.

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