Is the Apple iBookstore going international?

MacRumors has found a job listing for "Manager, iBooks Asia Pacific & Canada". Here is part of the job description:

This position is responsible for launching and growing the iBook business in Asia Pacific and Canada and building an extensive offering for customers. This will involve working with the iBooks and iTunes teams in Cupertino, Canada, Australia and other countries, and with content partners to secure content from U.S., international and local providers, and to market that content on the iBooks store and through other marketing programs.

The role includes: working with management, regionally and in Cupertino to determine strategies and priorities for iBooks in Canada, Australia, New Zealand and other countries;...

You know, if Apple really was an innovator, they would be pushing for world digital rights instead of pursuing rights on the current regional system. It's the 21st century, folks. I can buy from a web retailer based out of Melbourne just as easily as I can one based on Atlanta. Blocking either transaction is nonsense.

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3 Comments on Is the Apple iBookstore going international?

  1. Apple is probably taking the path of least resistance, opening up their store to markets that are presently not available to others (cough-Amazon!-cough). So it’s more a PR move than anything else. I doubt Apple is up to challenging international laws… yet.

    • Nate the great // 3 March, 2010 at 8:56 am // Reply

      This has nothing to do with laws. This a problem with contracts. That, and the hide bound thinking that creates the contract. There is no law to stop a publisher from contracting for world digital rights; it’s just that none of them do it.

  2. I’m sure they’d much prefer to have worldwide rights. But given the relative immaturity of the ebook market they don’t really have the leverage to press for this. Even with the huge success of itunes they still maintain seperate stores for different countries when it comes to music and video. Currently there are just too many people out there with something to lose by ebooks moving to a worldwide sales platform with no regional restrictions. I expect it’ll be a gradual process rather than a revolutionary one.

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