Canadian iBookstore opens today

Apple chose today, Canada Day,  to announce the opening of the Canadian iBookstore.Three of the big 5 present at the launch of the US iBookstore will have titles ready to sell: Hachette, Simon & Schuster, and HarperCollins.

Sigh. It's good and all that we are seeing more competition, but I'd like to see an ebookstore that ignores national boundaries (besides Baen Books, that is). Tor could do it, if they ever got off their arse, but I don't think we're going to see that anytime soon.

Here's the thing. When publishers sell ebook rights on a national basis they are inviting and encouraging piracy. If someone can't buy an ebook (because no one has the rights for their country), then their only option is piracy. This is one reason I cannot condemn it.

No, wait. Some of you are thinking they should do without. That's true, but it's a lost sale either way.

About Nate Hoffelder (11589 Articles)
Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader:"I've been into reading ebooks since forever, but I only got my first ereader in July 2007. Everything quickly spiraled out of control from there. Before I started this blog in January 2010 I covered ebooks, ebook readers, and digital publishing for about 2 years as a part of MobileRead Forums. It's a great community, and being a member is a joy. But I thought I could make something out of how I covered the news for MobileRead, so I started this blog."

1 Comment on Canadian iBookstore opens today

  1. As a small publisher and a writer I totally agree. I have worldwide rights to the work so what’s the problem?

    It really irks me that I can’t buy our books through some retailers because they only deliver to the states.

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