iBooks Canada

Posted by on Jul 2, 2010 in Brian's Blog | 0 comments

The Canadian iBookstore was launched on Canada Day, which seems fitting, but where are the Canadian authors? Sure, you can find the ghost-written biographies of Theo Fleury and Rick Hillier, and a book of recycled columns by Globe and Mail columnist Margaret Wente. But where are our big writers? Where is Margaret Atwood? Where is Alice Munro? Where is Yann Martel?

Yes, you will find Lawrence Hill represented by two titles here. But neither of them is his best-selling The Book of Negroes.  And you can find seven titles by Malcolm Gladwell. But he seems more American than Canadian these days, given that he has been living and working in the States since the early 1980s and is published most frequently in The New Yorker.

The problem, it seems, is that Canadian publishers, for whatever reason, have yet to strike a deal with Apple to have their digital titles available through iBooks. In the meantime, the American publishers are making hay because they now have their titles in the Canadian iBookstore as well as the American iBookstore, and goodness knows where else. There’s something wrong with this picture.

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