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Old Mar 5, 2013, 10:34 AM   #1
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Apple Updates iBooks with Paid Japanese Books, Greater Asian Language Support




Apple today updated iBooks to version 3.1, bringing new support for paid books in Japan and enhanced support for Asian languages.
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The iBookstore in Japan now has hundreds of thousands of books available for purchase, including fiction,
manga, light novels and more. This version of iBooks also includes a number of improvements for reading
Asian language books.
iBooks is a free download from the App Store. [Direct Link]

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Old Mar 5, 2013, 10:38 AM   #2
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And yet they still display the date in the USA format.
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Old Mar 5, 2013, 11:26 AM   #3
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And yet I had to buy the Kindle version of Steve Jobs because the Japanese iTunes store only sells the Japanese version. (Amazon and the Kindle store sells both the original and the Japanese translation)

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And yet they still display the date in the USA format.
The screenshots is taken with the US settings.
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And yet they still display the date in the USA format.
Couldn't possibly be because that iPad is set to English language mode
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Old Mar 5, 2013, 02:32 PM   #5
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I've got a question for those in the know. Is Apple building an iBookstore where people anywhere can buy ebooks from any country? It would certainly be simpler for the Japanese iBookstore handle all the Japanese language titles but sell to people anywhere.

I'm sure there may be rights issues, but that could be worked around if the publisher has the rights in both countries. And it'd be great if iBooks knew how to find and buy books from all the countries where's there's a store.

Books shouldn't be bound by borders.
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Books shouldn't be bound by borders.
Books shouldn't be, music and movies too. But they are. At least with Kindle I still can buy English books also while beeing in Japan. The border-thinking makes digital content for me difficult to fully adopt. As much as I would like to.
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Old Mar 5, 2013, 08:02 PM   #7
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I like how the pic is One Piece!

Love that manga!!!
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And can I read this on a Mac?
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I've got a question for those in the know. Is Apple building an iBookstore where people anywhere can buy ebooks from any country? It would certainly be simpler for the Japanese iBookstore handle all the Japanese language titles but sell to people anywhere.

I'm sure there may be rights issues, but that could be worked around if the publisher has the rights in both countries. And it'd be great if iBooks knew how to find and buy books from all the countries where's there's a store.

Books shouldn't be bound by borders.
I agree that books should not be bound by borders! Book availability for the iBookstore is solely at the discretion of the book providers, not Apple. A provider can set the countries they can permit their book to be sold, providing they have cleared all the rights to do so. There is really only one iBookstore, with each book getting clearance to be sold in whatever country the provider has set.
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