Apple Brings iBooks to Japan
Mar 6th 2013 1:51PM
Updated Mar 6th 2013 1:54PM
Apple is launching its iBookstore in Japan, bringing its popular e-book store to the country for the first time and featuring titles from numerous local publishers, the company announced today.
Apple's digital e-book storefront is now available in 51 countries and the iPad maker said that its iBooks app has been downloaded 130 million times worldwide.
Interactive e-books on the iPad allow authors to engage with readers in ways not available to traditional text-only e-books. While Apple has long lagged Amazon.com's catalog in domestic e-book titles, the e-tail giant has less of a first mover advantage in Japan. Amazon first launched its Japanese Kindle Store in October, which includes its Kindle e-reader hardware as well as localized e-books.
Apple continues to expand country availability of its various content stores as complementary offerings to boost device sales, with the Japanese launch of iBooks being the latest example.
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