Regular readers know that I am a person who talks openly about my faith in Jesus Christ when I talk about applications and services I use on my mobile devices. One of the major reasons I made the decision to buy an Apple iPad was the fantastic Bible study and reading capabilities that I expect to experience on the large screen iPhone OS device. I read Jason Perlow's article on Apple controlling the content that owners will be able to access on Apple devices and am a bit apprehensive about Apple's control. While I personally avoid accessing or viewing any type of sexually explicit content and believe that the overabundance of it is degrading to women and not helpful to our society, I do not think that it is Apple's responsibility to control what people read or view. Once Apple starts to control content, how in the world do they determine what is or isn't acceptable content? Shoot, the Bible I read could be judged to be unacceptable to some and I believe it is better to let adults decide for themselves what they will or will not read or view.
The Apple Regional Content Review clause that Apple has in place does concern me a bit in regards to content from suppliers outside of the iBooks library. In addition to the Bible study aspects that appeal to me on the iPad, another aspect of the device that helped me with my purchase decision was the ability to read my purchased ebook content from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Fictionwise, eReader, and more providers that I have purchased content from over the years. I understand that there are no restrictions on this content at this time, but with Apple you never can tell what will or will not be controlled so it remains to be seen what will happen in the future.