Amazing Apple Turnaround: We’ll Accept HTTS Lesson 6…WITH The Links

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4:41 PM EDT. My husband, kid, and I are out, and my phone rings. It’s San Jose, California calling, and I don’t answer calls from unknown numbers.

Don’t ask me why I answered this one. I did, though, and it was a representative from Apple calling.

He told me he and others had been over How To Think Sideways Lesson 6, and that, to quote him, “We made a mistake.” He said that on review, he and others had seen that the lesson was entirely within their TOS, that my use of the links had (as I stated) not been there to sell individual products, but to demonstrate a useful technique that taught my students a writing skill.

And he noted that they did not have the lesson WITH the links anymore, but if I would care to re-submit it, Apple would make sure there was no problem with its publication on their platform.

I thanked him, and told him I would be happy to put my work back up on Apple.

And I am.

IT’S GOING TO TAKE ME A COUPLE DAYS. The rest of this week is booked solid, and I’m going to have to re-download iTunes Producer and get it set up again. (Yes, I deleted it from the computer.)

So figure, best case, the first lessons of HTTS (as well as my other work on the iBookstore) will start coming online again on Monday. I’ll get everything up as quickly as I can after that, but uploading each lesson requires significant time and attention to detail on my part. I’ll try to have the whole course available by Monday, August 13th.

Thank you for your support and comments.

I don’t know how this came to Apple’s attention. I’m glad, however, to have the problem resolved, and to once more be able to offer my work on the iBookstore.

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About the author: Novelist, writing teacher, on a mission to reprint my out-of-print books and self-publish my new ones.

71 comments… add one
  • Russell Adams Aug 3, 2012 @ 11:56

    Congratulation. It’s good to know that sometimes sanity and intelligence prevails. Good for you for not just caving in.

  • Erin Aug 3, 2012 @ 6:44

    Congratulations, Holly! I’m happy this turned out well. 🙂

  • Eda Aug 3, 2012 @ 3:21

    I’m glad to hear this. While we’re at it, perhaps you could point out to them to put your work up on an international level? It’s just for their sake actually, I can easily get the books in iBooks through your site alone.

  • Julia Indigo Aug 2, 2012 @ 19:27

    Well, I’m not surprised.
    I had more faith in Apple than most of your commenters.

    That being said, ONWARD. Nice when corporate america earns one’s trust.

  • Ray Aug 2, 2012 @ 17:48

    This is how the free market ought to work all the time. Company makes stupid mistake, customers get upset, company actually listens. I’m impressed that Apple did that – and I have never “drunk the Apple Kool-Aid” (to borrow a friend’s phrase).

    I hope Apple is monitoring these comments, and learning from them. A single moment of sanity, and they just changed the mind of someone who otherwise would never have even considered buying one of their products. But, big as they are, they’re capable of listening. That is worth rethinking my stance.

    I’m glad it worked out for you, Holly, and I’m glad the free market worked the way it ought to. (Yes, sooner or later, the companies who stay deaf wither and die. But that way is worse for everyone; the workers who lose their jobs, and the customers ignored in the meantime.)

  • MyTricksterGod Aug 2, 2012 @ 15:23

    Des this mean the battle for lesson six is prosponed for another day?

  • Heather Aug 2, 2012 @ 15:05

    Congrats Holly! It’s about time Apple paid attention. Fabulous news…

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