iPad's iBooks to be US only

One of the main new features introduced with Apple's iPad tablet computer is its iBooks application which turns the machine into an eBook reader, good enough to rival established devices such as Amazon's Kindle and Sony's Reader. However, it now appears that this application will not be available to consumers outside the US.

As first spotted by PadNewsNetwork, there is a small footnote on the iPad website that states "iBooks is available only in the U.S." Whether this is only a temporary issue whilst Apple negotiates licensing deals with other publishers worldwide remains to be seen, but it could have a large impact on sales of the device internationally as many will want to buy it for its eBook functionality.

Apple's iBooks and the iBookstore will work in a similar way to iTunes and the iTunes Store, where the publishers of content split the profits with Apple in various agreed deals, which also vary from region to region. Because iBooks will use the open ePub format - which is available from plenty of other vendors - there is the possibility that in areas outside the US customers will still be able to use the iBooks app with content that they have acquired from elsewhere, although it is likely that Apple will put some form of DRM (Digital Rights Management) on books bought from the iBookstore.

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yeah at first i was excited for this thing, but more than likely i will just be buying a netbook... we shall see once this thing actually launches though.

if apple had a brain they would not limit it in any way but typical apple always puts a fork in there foot and blames others for there failures.

"temporarily while Apple negotiates licensing deals" ? Most countries still have only music, not even music videos. No movies. No tv shows. Let's brace for a few years waiting

I dont get it .. first the Zune HD, then the Kindle and now this ?!

Europe is a much bigger market then america, get it right apple.

rawr_boy81 said,
The kindle that can't be bought outside of the US with books that can't be bought outside of the US.

Wait, you can buy the Kindle in the UK now; you just have to do it through the US site for now. The only limitations are that the prices are in US Dollars, and you don't get full access to the web browser (you only get free access to Wikipedia, but it's better than nothing).

The kindle is also available in Australia, including 3G support for buying books instantly.

The issue in Australia at the moment is that we only have access to the US store, so we end up with books with lots of z's in them, as well as a lack of local content.

I hope Amazon fix this soon because its one of the main criticisms that I hear about the Kindle.

Of course the local publishers could be at fault here rather than Amazon being at fault, I do hear that Australian publishers are living in the past, but if reports are true it seems that they finally appear to have woken up to the digital age.

I just hope that they make good decisions that are in the interest of preserving our own identity.

Edited by Jelly2003, Jan 31 2010, 11:05am :

thommcg said,
Wrong rwar! Kindle International owner here in Ireland.

Good for you, this is what I get:

New Zealand
Unfortunately, we are currently unable to ship Kindles to New Zealand.

Customers in New Zealand can read over 320,000 Kindle books on your PC with our free application for your Windows PC - no Kindle required. Click here to learn more.

Amazon might as well tell me to go kill myself.

rawr_boy81 said,

Good for you, this is what I get:

Amazon might as well tell me to go kill myself.

Bizarre that... Zimbabwe can even get it! Could understand if it were Iran, North Korea...

I have read on some sites that that Aussie publishers are in talks with Apple to get content onto the iBook store in the very near future, I am sure that this would also be happening in many other markets across the world. It won't be very long till the iBook store is available internationally.

There are two things that I feel is very important with this whole impending "eBook revolution", and they are; 1) we don't loose our local content; 2) original unaltered versions of books can be bought on eBook stores.

Every country in the world produces their own content and naturally they do need to internationalise their content for other markets, I think its a necessary thing to do, because there is often cultural reference that readers from other cultures don't understand.

What I would hate to see is only internationalised versions of books available online via eBook stores, I think that publishers should always make efforts to ensure that the original version of the book is available.

In my opinion only be releasing an international version detracts from both the original meaning that the author is trying to convey and also robs part of the identity of the culture from where the book originated.

While I am excited about eBooks, I just hope it's done properly and that we don't overlook these important things in order to save money on production.

Yes I think this is a poor article, if any research at all had been done the author would have noticed that most news sources claim that Apple is likely to negotiate with international publishers.

A simple Google News search reveals plenty of articles claiming that international publishers are all lining up to get on-board with the device.

But that's the nature of the internet isn't it... anyone can published a misinformed and often sensationalised opinion and dress it up to look like an article, then other web sites on the internet (like a certain N site) can repeat that 'article' again.

Edited by Jelly2003, Jan 31 2010, 12:08pm : Fix something

@Jelly2003, I don't normally bother with ripostes to criticisms of my articles to avoid arguments that will ultimately be blown out of proportion, but in this case I'd like to point out that there is no "sensationalised opinion" - not even any outright opinion - in this post and that this post is not speculation about what may happen in the future but about what is actually currently fact, according to Apple themselves. I did heavily imply that book deals with other publishers in other regions would be forthcoming but currently there is no concrete proof from Apple; as you say yourself other news sources can only "claim". It seems likely that initially at (the US) launch what I reported may be the case, and if Apple were so confident of securing the deals before international launches surely there would be no need for the footnote on their website in the first place. Feel free to disagree with this but don't expect me to argue back, what's written is written. I respect that you are entitled to your opinions as I am to mine :)

the andyman said,
@Jelly2003, I don't normally bother with ripostes to criticisms of my articles to avoid arguments that will ultimately be blown out of proportion, but in this case I'd like to point out that there is no "sensationalised opinion" - not even any outright opinion - in this post and that this post is not speculation about what may happen in the future but about what is actually currently fact, according to Apple themselves. I did heavily imply that book deals with other publishers in other regions would be forthcoming but currently there is no concrete proof from Apple; as you say yourself other news sources can only "claim". It seems likely that initially at (the US) launch what I reported may be the case, and if Apple were so confident of securing the deals before international launches surely there would be no need for the footnote on their website in the first place. Feel free to disagree with this but don't expect me to argue back, what's written is written. I respect that you are entitled to your opinions as I am to mine :)

I was not talking about you the author, I was commenting on the those that were opining about the article. There is nothing wrong with the article itself it touches on the point that I have been pointing out in other articles about the iPad. For some reason there is a great deal of hatre toward the iPad, and to this is what I find sad. Here is a device that hasn't hit the street yet, and already there is this great hatre toward apple for manufacturing it, go figure.

Pam14160 said,
I was not talking about you the author

Pam14160 said,
Yes I think this is a poor article, if any research at all had been done [i]the author[/i] would have noticed that most news sources claim that Apple is likely to negotiate with international publishers

I beg to differ...

Edited by MikeChipshop, Jan 31 2010, 3:01pm :

Mike Chipshop said,


I beg to differ...


Your second quote was taken from jelly2003's comment mate.

Pam, isn't the iPad supposed to be an international product? If so then it is not unique to the USA and should be fully functional in as many countries as possible. So in this instance I believe that the people whinging have a fair point.

duneworld said,

Your second quote was taken from jelly2003's comment mate.

Pam, isn't the iPad supposed to be an international product? If so then it is not unique to the USA and should be fully functional in as many countries as possible. So in this instance I believe that the people whinging have a fair point.

Yes, but each country has it own rules, thus because of this Apple must work with each separately to establish a contract to sale in that country. It would be nice if they were able to sit down with all countries at the same time (United Nations style) and iron out a contract. Albeit this is never going to happen, so they must work with each individually. Thus it is easier to start within your own country first, and that is what Apple did. So, now they must work with each of the countries separately to gain the ability to sale eBooks, and whatever else in other countries.

the andyman said,
@Jelly2003, I don't normally bother with ripostes to criticisms of my articles to avoid arguments that will ultimately be blown out of proportion, but in this case I'd like to point out that there is no "sensationalised opinion" - not even any outright opinion - in this post and that this post is not speculation about what may happen in the future but about what is actually currently fact, according to Apple themselves. I did heavily imply that book deals with other publishers in other regions would be forthcoming but currently there is no concrete proof from Apple; as you say yourself other news sources can only "claim". It seems likely that initially at (the US) launch what I reported may be the case, and if Apple were so confident of securing the deals before international launches surely there would be no need for the footnote on their website in the first place. Feel free to disagree with this but don't expect me to argue back, what's written is written. I respect that you are entitled to your opinions as I am to mine :)

I am saying that the original article that you're quoting is what I would classify as an sensationalised opinion, and not worth the bandwidth of the page load let alone being referenced in another article.


I do think your article is better, calling it poor was probably a little harsh, especially since lots of 'professional' media these days is just rehashed press releases. At least you did do more than regurgitate an existing article.

Despite that, I fully stand by my opinion that some extra research would have made all the difference.

Edited by Jelly2003, Jan 31 2010, 9:41pm :

Steve jobs is also willing to stand at the door of stores on the day the ipad goes on sale, he will be available to smash the screen of the ipad just in case you was hoping to use that for something.

In you are looking for more information on the iPad then go to the MacWorld site, they have a great article and sub articles on the iPad and what will be available as accessories. . excellent read.

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