The hills are alive with the sound of tech writers going “OMG! Apple will kill the Kindle app!” I’m not convinced.
The bit about Apple refusing to “let customers to have access to purchases they have made outside the App Store” isn’t a quote from Sony. It isn’t included in the Sony Reader blog’s explanation either.
Since such a policy would make Apple look quite exceptionally evil, you’d think Sony might have mentioned it.
I think the NYT is right and wrong at the same time. When it says Sony users can’t access content they’ve already bought, it’s perfectly correct: if you can’t have the app, you can’t have any content that’s delivered via that app.
Apple hasn’t banned the content. It’s rejected the app.
Of course, the fact that so many people think it will kill the Kindle app doesn’t say much for Apple’s public image…