According to the Cupertino giant, the book reveals confidential data about the company's business operations, which represents a violation of the employment contract signed by the former business manager of the German App Store.
While it's possible that Apple is slightly bothered by sections where the author reports about feedback from its US corporate headquarters, it's also possible that the title itself has been enough to set Apple off, since the author and publisher are clearly positioning it as a "tell-all" book that would actually share secrets of the App Store.
Apple has not confirmed that it is trying to block the book's distribution but did say it had fired Sadowski. According to information from the weekly newspaper "Die Zeit", Apple believes that the manager Tom Sadowski's work reveals "business secrets" that are "of considerable economic value" for the company. He denies disclosing business secrets in his book.More news: Intel officials say Russian Federation interfering to boost Trump campaign
Apple sent a letter to Sadowski and his publisher Murmann Verlag to ask them to stop delivering the book to stores, to recall all copies in circulation and destroy manuscripts of the book. While we regret the way this longstanding Apple employee violated our working relationship, his actions left us with no other option but to terminate his employment - a decision agreed upon by the works council.
Tom Sadowski emerges from the shadow of the group and tells honestly and directly about his way to Apple, his personal experiences in the app business and meetings with Apple CEO Tim Cook.
In the case of Sadowski's book, however, Apple's attempts to block its publication could turn it into a must-read, since many more people are going to be curious to read a book that Apple doesn't want them to see.
As a former Apple executive who led the App Store for Germany, Austria, and Switzerland from 2014 until the end of 2019, Sadowski might just be the ideal source of legitimate information regarding App Store developers' do's and don'ts.More news: European Union takes on China, US with plan to dictate global tech rules
The German-language book is still on sale on Amazon.
Still Sadowski is promoting his book on social media. The company's "employment guidelines" would be "applied equally and fairly" to all employees.
"I really enjoyed working for Apple ..."
It declined further comment on the circumstances of Sadowski's departure.More news: Kenin and Bencic fall at first hurdle on day of upsets…