Apple granted license to open iBookstore in Canada

The Canadian government issued a statement yesterday granting Apple permission to open a local iBookstore in Canada.Did you know that they applied for this back in July? No, seriously. It took 6 months just to get government approval (and I thought US regulations were bad). Now I understand why  US ebookstores don't include Canada.From the announcement:

The Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, today announced that Apple Canada has been granted approval under the Investment Canada Act to establish iBookstore Canada.

"Our Government is committed to strengthening Canada's economy through all its sectors, especially arts and culture," said Minister Moore. "Apple has demonstrated how iBookstore Canada represents new opportunities for Canadian authors and publishers, and I have determined that this investment will be of net benefit to Canada."

This decision is based on commitments made by Apple Canada, which include:

  • Promotion of Canadian-authored books--both French- and English-language titles--in iBookstore in Canada and other iBookstores internationally;
  • Increased opportunities for Canadian publishers and authors, including new and independent writers;
  • Increased access to titles from Aboriginal authors and publishers;
  • Assistance to Canadian publishers in streamlining processes of e-book creation and enhancement; and
  • Jobs for Canadians and improved services for Canadian consumers, including an iBookstore tailored to Canadian readers.

The Government of Canada ordered a review to determine if the investment by Apple Canada would be of net benefit to Canada. Under the Investment Canada Act, all reviews and approvals of investments in the cultural sector are the responsibility of the Minister of Canadian Heritage.

About Nate Hoffelder (11585 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."

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