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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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.

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.

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.

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.

"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

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.

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.

Good grief! Can Apple get ANYTHING right with this God-fosaken disaster of a 'product'.

A tablet with no handwriting? Duuh!
A reader with no multitasking? (can't even take notes) Duuh!
A browser with no Flash? Duuh!
A communicator with no camera? Duuh!
A bookstore for Americans only (who probably read fewer books than any other nation). Duuh!
A name - iPad - that they don't even own. Duuh!

And this is only after a couple of days.

But, hey, it's got a bick fat Apple logo on it so you can show 'the rest of us' just how dumb you are.

greatscot said,

A bookstore for Americans only (who probably read fewer books than any other nation). Duuh!

right, cause all we do is drive our big ol' SUV's down our streets paved with gold to the nearest mcdonalds. then sit back and watch tv all day... that's good ol' america for ya.

you could have cured cancer, but you'd still sound like an ignorant ass when you say something like that. (and that goes for the rest of the stupid country you're from).

wookietv said,

right, cause all we do is drive our big ol' SUV's down our streets paved with gold to the nearest mcdonalds. then sit back and watch tv all day... that's good ol' america for ya.

you could have cured cancer, but you'd still sound like an ignorant ass when you say something like that. (and that goes for the rest of the stupid country you're from).

And by calling his country stupid back is making you just as bad as he is....

wookietv said,
you could have cured cancer, but you'd still sound like an ignorant ass when you say something like that. (and that goes for the rest of the stupid country you're from).
Pot, kettle.

Tbh, the US does not have great literature reading rates. It's difficult to compare countries, but it seems fair to suggest that compared to the rest of the Western world, the rates are not great. There's a couple of notes on http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Literacy_in_the_United_States and http://www.humorwriters.org/startlingstats.html has some stats ("1/3 of high school graduates never read another book for the rest of their lives.")

Edited by Kirkburn, Jan 31 2010, 2:32pm :

danisflying527 said,

And by calling his country stupid back is making you just as bad as he is....

that was called irony

Edited by wookietv, Jan 31 2010, 5:58pm :

wookietv said,

right, cause all we do is drive our big ol' SUV's down our streets paved with gold to the nearest mcdonalds. then sit back and watch tv all day... that's good ol' america for ya.

you could have cured cancer, but you'd still sound like an ignorant ass when you say something like that. (and that goes for the rest of the stupid country you're from).

Just how fat are you?

Anarkii said,
First they fail with the iPad, now they epic fail with the bookstore only being for the US lol.

I forgot that iPhone apps would work natively. Kindle App FTW then for other worldwide users

Edited by Gary2MBz, Jan 31 2010, 4:40am : quick detail forgotten now added

Anarkii said,
First they fail with the iPad, now they epic fail with the bookstore only being for the US lol.
Very funny. How can a product fail two months before it has been released? Would you call the iTunes store a failure? Because it started out as US only.

Bruce McL said,
Very funny. How can a product fail two months before it has been released? Would you call the iTunes store a failure? Because it started out as US only.

Well the iPad is being openly mocked and laughed at all over the internet, and with good reason. It's limitations are ridiculous, it's screen is terrible, the name is stupid, it really has no purpose. You can buy a far more capable netbook for much less than this train wreck, or wait and see how the HP Slate turns out. If you want an eBook reader the Kindle and Sony models make this thing look pathetic too.

Edited by Saburac, Jan 31 2010, 5:05am :

Saburac said,

Well the iPad is being openly mocked and laughed at all over the internet, and with good reason. It's limitations are ridiculous, it's screen is terrible, the name is stupid, it really has no purpose. You can buy a far more capable netbook for much less than this train wreck, or wait and see how the HP Slate turns out. If you want an eBook reader the Kindle and Sony models make this thing look pathetic too.


People talk garbage like they're getting paid for it, and here we have a lovely example of someone speaking about failure as though the product has already been out for months and hasn't sold.

I hope that many budding inventors read your comment, and then reflects on Apple's overall success. It's a lesson that people are very quick to be critical and tear down an idea, but that good ideas and successes aren't based solely upon the baseless criticisms.

zagor said,
will kindle app work with Ipad, as it does with Iphone?

It should. Pretty much everything that run on an iPhone will work on the iPad.

Lewism said,

It should. Pretty much everything that run on an iPhone will work on the iPad.

That would be fun. And kind of contradictory. Given that the kindle store books are going to be cheaper than the ibook store books.

zagor said,
will kindle app work with Ipad, as it does with Iphone?

So far, they've said most applications will work with the iPad, it is running the same operating system essentially... I wouldn't see why it wouldn't.

Saint Shiv said,

So far, they've said most applications will work with the iPad, it is running the same operating system essentially... I wouldn't see why it wouldn't.


Well, it is not like Apple can not ban kindle app from app store.

wemadeFOX.Devaztayta said,
US only?.. are you kidding. I dont understand why US and Canada cant have the same benefits.

I'm Canadian, and I agree fully. I really hate it when people talk about Hulu and such like it's freaking universal.

That said, I understand why content cannot immediately be avaliable worldwide. Canada has different publishing and distribution laws, and systems. Different business entities carry the Canadian distribution rights to a lot of US content.

In short, the book publishers can't just say "Make it avaliable in Canada too", they would get sude by their Canadian counterparts. The system sucks, and benefits nobody.

What bugs me more is Apple is a global company. They know their products are used and loved worldwide, and yet they only start negotiations for distribution in the US. Probably out of secrecy; It just goes to show they value absolute secrecy more than their customers.

wemadeFOX.Devaztayta said,
US only?.. are you kidding. I dont understand why US and Canada cant have the same benefits.
Because US is one the biggest markets and just happens to be their home turf as well Also more importantly, they can't just release it in other countries "willy nilly" as they need to negotiate licensing rights etc with EACH of the countries/regions they want to sell their e-books in.

Edited by Xerxes, Feb 1 2010, 1:23am :

1. They should also support PDF and 2. Why are they shooting themselves in the foot limiting it to the USA? Outsource it and make it more popular to rake in the Apple $$$, strange to be honest.

Karo - 323z IT said,
1. They should also support PDF and 2. Why are they shooting themselves in the foot limiting it to the USA? Outsource it and make it more popular to rake in the Apple $, strange to be honest.

"Apple negotiates licensing deals with other publishers worldwide remains to be seen"

Give it some time

Edited by n301, Jan 31 2010, 4:39am :

n301 said,

"Apple negotiates licensing deals with other publishers worldwide remains to be seen". Does anyone read anymore?

Sure... I also read Karo's comment... "_Outsource it_ and make it more popular to rake in the Apple $$"... ;)

Karo - 323z IT said,
1. They should also support PDF and 2. Why are they shooting themselves in the foot limiting it to the USA? Outsource it and make it more popular to rake in the Apple $$, strange to be honest.

AFAIK It does support PDF, wasn't it shown to be able to open PDFs directly from mail or something?

Murkey said,

AFAIK It does support PDF, wasn't it shown to be able to open PDFs directly from mail or something?

The iPhone has been able to open PDF's from mail since forever. I guess what people are hoping for is a way to "import" books/pdf's into Apple's reading app, otherwise people will surely just use Stanza?