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International iBookstores begin to populate with titles

updated 05:30 pm EDT, Thu May 20, 2010

Lack of paid offerings hints at unfinished deals

Apple is already beginning to fill international iBookstores with books, a report says. The Italian storefront now has a number of titles, by authors like Sun Tzu, Charles Dickens and Jane Austen. Apple is also inserting the first banner ads, which promote niche interests like biographies, famous Russian writers or classic philosophy texts.

All of the books for Italy are so far free, however, suggesting either that paid material may be uploaded all at once, or that Apple is still working on the details of publisher agreements. In the latter case Apple is unlikely to have paid titles ready in time for the Italian iPad launch, which is just eight days away. Shoppers are not yet supposed to have the iBooks app outside of the US, but because it is free, there is no obstacle to creating a US iTunes account and downloading it from there.








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  1. Jonathan-Tanya

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    yes but

    yes but you do know Russian authors wrote the original in Russian.....still kind of a popular language inside Russia.....believe it or not.

    So its great you can create a U.S. itunes account and download it for free, and all that, and featuring public domain works that you can get anywhere, is fine.....

    but, as they say, it doesn't mean a thing if it aint got that swing.

    конечно я обежаю айпад и все с ним связано.....

  1. Jonathan-Tanya

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    lordy

    macnn doesn't support unicode....I guess it would take 2 lines of code, no hurry macnn.

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