Apple launched the iBookstore in Japan today with “hundreds of thousands” of books and manga now available for purchase. Japan is a huge market for Apple, but previously the local iBookstore offered nothing but public-domain works, the vast majority of which were in English. While the country’s fragmented publishing industry has proved tricky to unify in the digital age, the past year has seen Amazon , Google , and Rakuten-owned Kobo enter the market with solid ebook offerings, leaving Apple looking out of step. The new iBookstore should go some way to redressing that balance, although it appears Apple hasn’t quite sewn up all the deals yet — major publishers such as Shogakukan and Shueisha are missing from the company’s announcement,..
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Apple finally opens iBookstore for business in Japan