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.