Apple Announces International Pricing and Local iBookstores

Apple confirmed it intends to launch international versions of its iBookstore when it ships the iPad to several countries on May 28. iBooks will be available as a free app from the App Store and ebooks can be previewed, purchased and read using the e-reader software.

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Previous to the international ship date, the iBookstore was limited to iPad owners in the US due to local copyright laws. So far, Apple has sold 1.5 million ebooks on iPads across the US. Apple continues to work on deals with several publishers and has verified iBookstore access will be available in the following countries:

Self Published Book Titles Coming to iPad

Independent publishers will now have iPad distribution channels available thanks to Apple deals with Lulu and Smashwords. Lulu announced that it would automatically convert books from its own format into the ePub format at no cost, unless the author declines the service.

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The author would then get the remainder of proceeds after Lulu and Apple are paid a percentage when the book sells via iBooks. Lulu supports the ePub and PDF formats with and without digital rights management included. For its part, Smashwords stated that authors selling ePub formatted books included in their premium catalog will see distribution on Apple's iBookstore at iPad launch.

iPad iBooks to Launch with 30,000 Free Books

A report today from AppAdvice.com brought welcome news to anyone interested in reading eBooks on the iPad. With their privileged peek at the iPad's iBookstore, AppAdvice.com was able to spot that Apple has included the entire Project Gutenburg library of eBooks. This means over 30,000 free books will be available for download through iBooks. Yep, 30,000 free books.

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For those of you that aren't already familiar with Project Gutenburg, it is the largest online collection of free eBooks. The project was founded by the inventor of eBooks, Michael Hart. Project Gutenburg is volunter supported, and continues to grow.

The following list of the project's top 10 eBooks over the last 30 days provides just a few examples of the sort of literature available through Project Gutenburg:

iPad Will Read Books To You

As part of its pre-order launch day site updates, Apple posted updates detailing new apps that the iPad has brought into the fray. This includes the new iBooks application, as well as iWork suite. One of the most talked about details about the iBooks application that was revealed today is that, if you want it to, it will read books to you.

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The dictation/read aloud feature is a product of Apple's VoiceOver technology. VoiceOver, which received an overhaul as part of OS X Snow Leopard, is an accessibility that can read

iBookstore Will Only Launch in US

The iPad is tackling the electronic book market with Apple bringing a brand new content store online, the iBookstore. Titles can be previewed, purchased and read immediately using the iPad-specific application iBooks.

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This is great for iPad users in the United States, however it will take some time for the iBookstore to come online in other countries. Problem is that Apple needs to make deals with publishers to offer local content in conformance with local copyright laws.

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