Where are the iBooks?

Posted by on Jun 16, 2010 in Brian's Blog | 0 comments

We’ve had the iPad in Canada for more than two weeks. The main selling feature, the one that tempted me to buy early, was the promise of a digital bookstore that would give Amazon’s Kindle a run for its money. Yet, I see nothing in the iBookstore but public-domain publications similar to those already available from Project Gutenberg. Project Gutenberg, in fact, has a considerably larger selection of volumes than iBooks Canada, which currently has little more than a handful of classics of world literature. The only contemporary title in iBooks Canada, as you might expect, is the iPad User Guide. I presume the problem here is that Apple released the iPad in Canada before striking a deal with Canadian publishers to make digital copies of their books available to Canadian readers. Let’s hope today’s appointment of Chris Jackson as manager of iBookstore Canada serves to quickly change this situation. As things stand, the iPad gives me nothing more than what I already have on my MacBook Air–the many thousands of apps notwithstanding–aside from a slightly longer battery time.

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