Paid iBookstore Content Going Live in New Zealand and 17 Latin American Countries

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Earlier today, a MacRumors reader noted that paid books had gone live in the iBookstore in New Zealand. While the titles are not yet accessible through the main Books section of the iTunes Store, searches for various others and titles are yielding a number of book results.

    Blog do iPhone is also now reporting that paid books are going live in Brazil, and we've confirmed that paid titles are now available in 16 other Latin American countries as well.

    Paid iBookstore titles in Brazilian iTunes Store
    The full list of new markets we've spotted so far includes Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, and Venezuela.

    Evidence of new markets for paid iBookstore content comes amid rumors of an iBooks 3.0 launch alongside the "iPad mini" at tomorrow's media event. Apple is expected to make education one of the key themes of the introduction, and with the smaller iPad more closely competing with smaller tablets focused on reading, an expansion of iBookstore content seems to be a logical step.

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  2. miniroll32 macrumors 65816


    Mar 28, 2010
  3. Mike Valmike macrumors 6502a

    Feb 27, 2012
    Chandler, Arizona
    Cool, Wheel of Time books with alternate titles! Can't wait til the last volume is released in a couple of months...
  4. nick_elt macrumors 68000


    Oct 28, 2011
    always wondered why the bookstore seemed pretty lame. lol.
  5. charlieegan3 macrumors 68020


    Feb 16, 2012
    The party that is paid books...


    Because everything used to be free?
  6. nick_elt macrumors 68000


    Oct 28, 2011
    no because they had really crap books....
  7. Singin Hobo macrumors regular

    Jan 16, 2008
  8. DrJohnnyN Suspended


    Jan 27, 2010
  9. waloshin macrumors 68040


    Oct 9, 2008
    For the overpriced ($329) iPad Mini! :apple::apple::apple:
  10. iMacFarlane macrumors 65816


    Apr 5, 2012
    Adrift in a sea of possibilities
    I want one, but yeah. In my opinion, you get an awful lot with $199 and a Kindle Fire HD. Almost twice the price? Similiar feature set? Oh noes. :p
  11. Rocketman macrumors 603


    There are always a couple of guys in every thread declaring this or that "overpriced". You have the right to offer an alternate product at a lower price.

    Pricing is a well thought out strategy to do more than simply sell a product. It has to account for R&D, capital recovery, dealer margins, and in the case of Apple a front fee for a nearly "free" ecosystem service.

    It is clearly not overpriced. It is priced. Some will be able to afford it and others will not. Too bad, so sad. However on the metric of Apple being able to barely keep up with demand at that price, one might even rightly claim it is UNDERPRICED.


    All prices drop in real terms when mild deflation is allowed to occur. This government is fighting that as hard as it can.
  12. DrJohnnyN Suspended


    Jan 27, 2010
    Thank you.
  13. laflores macrumors regular

    May 5, 2011
    Costa Rica
    I was trying to check the new store for my country (Costa Rica), but all I got is a black page...
  14. 4look4rd macrumors regular

    Dec 16, 2009
    Why are the titles in Spanish instead of Portuguese?
  15. Gehrke macrumors newbie

    Oct 22, 2012

    Well, I did not try yet to see, but I'm a little bit disappointed seeing that some people still think that we Brazilians speak Spanish instead of Portuguese...
    I also do not understand why we do not have the Portuguese layout at the Apple products… but this is for other topic.
    Let’s try some books and see what Apple has to offer us.
  16. 4look4rd macrumors regular

    Dec 16, 2009
    I'm Brazilian too, but I live in the USA. It's pretty shocking that a company as big as Apple would make such a horrible mistake.
  17. Gehrke macrumors newbie

    Oct 22, 2012
    Let see... as you notice all titles are in Spanish. Hopefully it is only a misunderstanding, I do have the same opinion, If Apple has "Brazilian Portuguese" in all devices (despite the physical layout, but as I said this is another Topic) why would they tolerate such mistake.
  18. kiwiboi87 macrumors 6502

    Aug 30, 2011
    New Zealand
    yay about time,
    some decent books to buy

    been waiting two years for this
  19. Mike Valmike macrumors 6502a

    Feb 27, 2012
    Chandler, Arizona
    Fair to say. In fact since this isn't a two-way street, I'm surprised we don't see more up-pricing. In the hobby gaming industry, where I have some business assets, it is entirely normal for stores to up-price hot new items that are on "allocation" (limited supplies in the wholesale chain). Things normalize as supply catches up to demand.
  20. jdavtz macrumors 6502a

    Aug 22, 2005
    Re: book titles in Spanish, well maybe let's just hope that availability is becoming more global and you'll be able to buy the Portuguese, Spanish, English or any other version you'd like of the book.

    It's annoying enough seeing books and music in the e.g. iTunes Spain store, but I can't (easily) buy it in the UK.
  21. apernett macrumors member

    Jul 31, 2010
    Open your iTunes. Go to the Books section of the iTunes Store. Then at your upper right in the first box that says "Books" click in the link that says "In Portuguese". There you will jump to a huge list of books in portuguese. So far there are more than 2,500 books in portuguese.

  22. cycomiko macrumors 6502

    Oct 14, 2008
    about freaking time...

    Its not on my bookstore yet, but hopefulyl tomorrow morning after hte announcement.

    Now. where is my TV content.
  23. autrefois macrumors 65816


    Oct 22, 2003
    Somewhere in the USA
    Apple has not always correctly chosen the price point, however. They dropped the price of the original iPhone two months after its launch and I really don't think that was their original plan...

    iPhone launch

    I wonder if this in part influenced Apple's decision to launch the original iPad at a price point lower than pretty much everyone was expecting. It will be interesting to see how it plays out with the presumed iPad mini though, partly since that can't really be considered a completely new product category for Apple...
  24. japanime macrumors 68000


    Feb 27, 2006
    You need to take another look, then. The iBookstore has improved significantly since its launch. There are thousands of fantastic books available, and some excellent bargains, too. (I picked up Craig Ferguson's biography for only $3.99 during a recent iBookstore sale.)

    In addition, the iBookstore offers some really nice fixed-layout books, such as cookbooks and children's books.

    Give the iBookstore a second chance :)
  25. bdavidson macrumors newbie

    Jun 22, 2011
    Can someone explain to me "paid iBookstore content". We have been able to buy books from apple for a while. I bought one for myself when iBooks came out. Maybe this is just the non us store?

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