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Apple wins Canadian gov't approval of iBookstore

updated 08:20 pm EST, Tue December 14, 2010

More content, diversity, promotion promised

The Ministry of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages has granted formal approval to the Canadian iBookstore, opening the door to a flood of new content from Canadian publishers and authors. While the iBookstore has already been operating and offering some -- mostly US-based -- paid titles along with the usual assortment of free public-domain and PDF texts, the approval is expected to boost both the offerings available to Canadian iOS device owners as well as help promote Canadian works in other countries.

In exchange for the official blessing, Apple has committed to featuring Canadian-authored books in both official languages, increasing access to First Nations works, assisting Canadian publishers in streamlining the process of converting books into e-books, and doing more to tailor the existing Canadian iBookstore to the tastes of Canadian readers.

The Canadian iBookstore will be run by Apple Canada, which as a subsidiary of the US-based company needed to show that the investment would result in jobs and benefits specific to the country, according to the Investment Canada Act.

Cultural Minister James Moore reiterated the government's commitment to strengthening Canada's economy through all its sectors, especially arts and culture. Apple made specific promises to give both established and independent Canadian writers opportunities for exposure and promotion, and also pledged to make Canadian works more available in other international iBookstores.






by MacNN Staff

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  1. Feathers

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -4

    Why?

    Why should an online bookstore require Government approval in Canada?

    It seems all "cultural" investment requires the approval of their government.

    It's amazing how supposedly cuddly countries like Canada (and Sweden) have an underlying fascist authoritarianism that flies in the face of free speech and freedom of expression.

  1. gor3don

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +8

    Judging by your comment

    you really wouldn't understand.

    Besides, the US isn't really a beacon to the world right now. And a more important concern is why do we have to pay $50 to unlock our old iPhones.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +4

    Re: Why?

    Why should an online bookstore require Government approval in Canada?

    Because there's laws on the books about cultural investments in Canada benefit Canada (as in, they don't want to just become the US's dumping ground for the craptacular just because they have the money to build it).

    It's amazing how supposedly cuddly countries like Canada (and Sweden) have an underlying fascist authoritarianism that flies in the face of free speech and freedom of expression.

    Well, who said anything about free speech or freedom of expression? And note that Apple isn't a Canadian company, they're a US company. What right does some foreign company have to just come on in and sell what they want? If they want to do that, they should move their offices to Canada.

    And yet I bet you're one of those who think the FCC or the US Gov't should get involved and force internet providers to offer better services or higher bandwidths or any other rules. It all matters what's good for 'you' as to whether the gov't should be involved?

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