French publishing house Les Editions des Equateurs is protesting that Apple has declined to to carry its novel ‘La Femme’ online due to an excessively jubular cover.
Bénédicte Martin’s book was released on 20 March 2014, but won’t be available via the fruity monolith due to an “inappropriate” image of a topless woman blended with a knife blade.
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The publisher’s director, Frébourg Olivier, described the ban as “a clear act of censorship” and an “affront to creative freedom”.
Thundering to AFP, he continued: “Apple is not censoring this book because of its content, which is in fact a literary and poetic story about feminism, but because there is a naked woman on the cover.
“This is both absurd and serious. It’s a disturbing example of the excesses of American prudishness.”
Olivier claimed that you can disseminate the “hardest” material via Apple as long as you have a plain cover. He said the company was playing “Big Brother”, and had demanded La Femme cover herself up – something he refused “categorically” to do.
Furthermore, the fulminating Frenchman demanded the Minister of Culture, Aurélie Filippetti, and the European Commission act to address the “fundamental issue of freedom of expression”.