About Time

Apple’s iBookstore is finally open for business in Australia. From the SMH:

It’s taken the company five months since the iPad’s launch to get the store up and running but it has succeeded in signing up a wide range of book publishers including Macmillan, Hachette, HarperCollins, Hardie Grant, Murdoch Publishers and Wiley.

Previously, Australians viewing the iBookstore could only access old out-of-copyright books but now there is a range of new release titles on offer. The exact number is unclear but an Apple spokeswoman said they numbered in the “thousands”.

Had a quick look and there’s not much there yet. Prices are consistently awful (John Howard’s autobiography is $32.99) And still missing a NY Times style bestseller list from someone like the Herald itself (the store’s own bestsellers still reflects the older PD titles). It’s a start though…

 

 


 

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