Apple promises to make iBookstore more Canadian
For once, Apple is bowing to our demands. The federal government yesterday approved the company’s iBookstore in Canada, but Apple had to make some promises. One is that it will use iBookstore Canada to promote Canadian titles (both English and French) and improve their catalogue of works by Aboriginal authors and publishers. The company also says it will help Canadian publishers create e-books
Currently in Canada there is only a limited version of the American iBookstore with no emphasis on Canadian authors or publishers. Once the site goes live, those with iPhones, iPod Touches or iPads will be able to download CanCon directly to their devices. The Canadian-based Kobo eReader of Chapters/Indigo fame is about to be given a serious run for their money—let’s hope they came ready for a fight.
• Apple’s iBookstore Canada approved [CBC]
• Canadian iBookstore approved, Rogers to unlock iPhones [AppleInsider]
• Canadian Government approves Apple iBookstore [Mobile Syrup]
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It’s stunning that Heritage Canada needed to spend time investigating whether Apple’s store would be a “net benefit” for Canada (whatever the hell that means) before allowing it to operate.
When will the federal government stop treating us like babies?
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