Another complaint has been lodged against Apple with the European Commission for unfair competition. This time by e-book platform Kobo, which is owned by the Japanese company Rakuten. Sources report this to the Financial Times .
Kobo offers e-books in the App Store via an app. With every sale, it must pay a 30 per cent commission to Apple. The company finds that unfair because Apple promotes the sale of its own e-books, the business newspaper writes.
Forward to website
Because Kobo does not want to pay this commission, customers are redirected to the Kobo website to purchase an e-book. As a result, the company would miss out on turnover.
Sources at Apple say to the newspaper that it’s fair to charge companies a commission. This is because they have the opportunity to reach many potential customers via the App Store.
The European Commission and Apple do not want to respond to the reports. Kobo’s parent company has not yet responded to questions.
Complaint from Spotify
Last year, Spotify also filed a complaint against Apple for the same reason. The music service finds it unfair that Apple competes with Spotify through its own music service.
The committee has yet to officially respond to Spotify’s complaint. Kobo’s indictment against Apple was filed in March. In total, there are now three charges against the American group. The third comes from a party that makes devices with which the location of, for example, lost keys can be found via Bluetooth.