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  • (※_※) Calculating status...
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    May 4, 2012 8:27 PM (in response to thye chean)

    Well, the options are: either publish your Japanese ebook through the U.S. iBookstore or publish an .epub file from your own website (most sellers don't do this because of DRM complications), or just don't publish your Japanese ebook for Apple devices at all. I figure it's better to at least sell it through the U.S. store than to not sell it at all. Unfortunately, publishers are at Apple's mercy and since Apple hasn't provided any means of publication your only choices are to take matters into your own hands or give up entirely. And giving up is lame.

  • thye chean Calculating status...
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    May 4, 2012 8:33 PM (in response to (※_※))

    Do you know that if you upload a book with unsupported language in iTunes Producer might be rejected? I have 2 Chinese books uploaded and one got rejected, and one just hung there for months.

  • K T Level 7 Level 7 (23,215 points)
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    May 4, 2012 8:43 PM (in response to (※_※))

    (※_※) wrote:

     

    Well, the options are: either publish your Japanese ebook through the U.S. iBookstore or publish an .epub file from your own website (most sellers don't do this because of DRM complications), or just don't publish your Japanese ebook for Apple devices at all. I figure it's better to at least sell it through the U.S. store than to not sell it at all. Unfortunately, publishers are at Apple's mercy and since Apple hasn't provided any means of publication your only choices are to take matters into your own hands or give up entirely. And giving up is lame.

    You do know that selling in the Japan store requires a different process than simply selling in the US store if you wish to claim full profits, right?

     

    Fulfilling the J tax documentation is not a simple task that can take months to complete.

  • (※_※) Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    May 4, 2012 9:05 PM (in response to K T)

    Sure. It's understandable that the legalities differ from one country to the next. But if we're discussing the option to either publish in the U.S. store or not publish at all then it's pretty black and white, isn't it? And if iBooks Japan becomes fully operational next month, then that's great and you can publish your work there too. But for now that is not the case. Speaking from the standpoint of a customer, if you are offering a Japanese iBook that I want and I know that it is available in the U.S. iBookstore, I will happily purchase it with my U.S. Apple ID, read it, and enjoy it. And you will profit from my purchase.

  • K T Level 7 Level 7 (23,215 points)
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    May 4, 2012 9:10 PM (in response to (※_※))

    If you want to speak as a customer, you should use the iPhone/iOS [ iOS Apps ] forums for that perspective I think.

     

    As for b/w....welcome to the App Store.

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    May 4, 2012 11:24 PM (in response to MichiHenning)

    There is no secret.  I have working experience in US.  Thus, now I am living in Japan but I have SSN and Bank of Ameria account.  I guess, there is many people who has similar background.

  • ynaoto Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    May 4, 2012 11:28 PM (in response to thye chean)

    Well, I tried to do that with language "jpn", but rejected.  Apple support replied me that the following languages are not suported as of now.

     

    Persian, Old (ca.600-400 B.C.)

    Persian

    Samaritan Aramaic

    Amharic

    Arabic

    Official Aramaic (700-300 BCE); Imperial Aramaic (700-300 BCE)

    Burmese

    Chinese

    Hebrew

    Japanese

    Judeo-Persian

    Judeo-Arabic

    Central Khmer

    Lao

    Mon-Khmer languages

     

    Pretty sad for me.

  • (※_※) Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    May 5, 2012 1:20 AM (in response to ynaoto)

    Wow. That's just crazy... because you can load a Japanese .epub file into iBooks through iTunes - I've done it. It displays just fine. You can try it too - here's a site where you can download some public domain Japanese literature: http://www.aozora.gr.jp/

    And there's even a built-in Japanese dictionary in iBooks! So for Apple not to support it, that just doesn't make sense.

     

    What happens if you list the language as English and re-submit? I'm wondering if someone will look at it and reject it, or if it will just go through.

  • ynaoto Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    May 5, 2012 1:31 AM (in response to (※_※))

    Yes, AOZORA-BUNKO is tons of collection of Japanese great classics and easily read through iBooks on iPad.

     

    What happened to me is below:

    1) Tried to select Language on iTunes Producer as "Japanese" but couldn't find the item on the selection list.

    2) I edited the item by hand then submit.  Returned error that said length of the item should be 3.

    3) I edited again to "jpn", but got an error "ERROR ITMS-6014: "Unsupported language for type 'main': Japanese" at Book/BookMetadata (MZItmspBookMetadataPackage)"

     

    Then, I contacted Apple and received the unsupported language list.

     

    > What happens if you list the language as English and re-submit? I'm wondering if someone will look at it and reject it, or if it will just go through.

     

    I am not sure, I haven't tried that.  And I believe the Language info is important aid for customer, I would not like to make any fake on it...

     

    I strongly believe that is no technical reason, but support Japanese and Chinese like Korea on iTunes Producer is just plus, no minus for anybody.

  • thye chean Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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    May 5, 2012 1:41 AM (in response to (※_※))

    I can read Chinese ePub books too in iBooks, but iBookstore is another story.

     

    If you list as English and submit (this is what I do), they will treat it as an English book and will be proof read by someone with English background - then ask for English title, content, etc. This is what happened to me.

  • K T Level 7 Level 7 (23,215 points)
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    May 5, 2012 2:48 AM (in response to ynaoto)

    Pg. 23 in the iTP Agreement:

     

    Description

    If a book’s description has one of the following problems, it will removed from sale.

    • ƒ  Contains advertisements or links to competitors’ sites or other products
    • ƒ  Mentions included materials that don’t exist in digital product (for example, CD, poster, and so on)
    • ƒ  Up-selling from the current title to a more complete version
    • ƒ  Misleading descriptions (for example, illustrated guides that contain no pictures)
    • ƒ  Misrepresenting the product (for example, metadata claims book is in English, when language is actually Japanese)
  • MichiHenning Level 4 Level 4 (1,350 points)
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    May 5, 2012 2:55 AM (in response to K T)

    K T wrote:

     

    • ƒ  Misrepresenting the product (for example, metadata claims book is in English, when language is actually Japanese)

    Well, that one definitely puts a stake through the heart of this idea   Rightfully so, IMO…

     

    Michi.

  • (※_※) Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    May 5, 2012 4:06 AM (in response to MichiHenning)

    Yep.

    Well, since Apple's  not doing it - any other companies care to offer Japanese .epub books?

  • thye chean Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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    May 5, 2012 4:49 AM (in response to (※_※))

    If you can find someone to make the book into an app, you can considered App Store. There is a Books category or you can put in related categories like education or travel.

     

    We are moving our content from iBookstore to App Store now. Our first Chinese book will be out very soon.

  • K T Level 7 Level 7 (23,215 points)
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    May 5, 2012 8:37 AM (in response to (※_※))

    (※_※) wrote:

     

    Yep.

    Well, since Apple's  not doing it - any other companies care to offer Japanese .epub books?

     

    Technically, Apple does it Don't forget...there is a 'books' category for apps. Just remember to call it anything but 'book' or 'ibook'...guide, reference, etc. and you should be good to go.

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