5 Replies Latest reply: Mar 20, 2012 9:36 AM by simon.co.nz
Mstenton Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
The only thing I am not happy with regarding my iPad is the iBook store. I'm assuming it's just the New Zealand one, but there are only free books. No best sellers like I was expecting. Is a huge let down as it was a big reason I bought it. Anyone know why this is?
  • OrangeMarlin Level 5 Level 5 (5,140 points)
    Mstenton wrote:
    The only thing I am not happy with regarding my iPad is the iBook store. I'm assuming it's just the New Zealand one, but there are only free books. No best sellers like I was expecting. Is a huge let down as it was a big reason I bought it. Anyone know why this is?


    Licensing rights are really difficult to negotiate. Unfortunately, there isn't a unified world licensing system, it has to be done country by country. I don't know if you were around, but I think the NZ version of the iTunes store followed the US version by 5 years, give or take. Even here in the US, there are lots of publishers missing.

    If I were you, I'd download the Kindle App, and browse Amazon's selections. They have a much larger selection and more publishers. And, in many cases, lower prices. They have a 3 year head start on licensing. Of course, Kindle in NZ won't be available until late August, so you may not have access to the app.

    Anyways, this is a bummer for a lot of countries. This will change over time as agreements are signed, one by one.
  • deggie Level 9 Level 9 (50,445 points)
    Because they have not yet signed contracts with publishers in your country.
  • Tamara Level 6 Level 6 (13,730 points)
    It's because publishing companies in your country have not made any deals with Apple to sell their ebooks in iBooks.
  • Ashka Level 4 Level 4 (3,785 points)
    Have a look at the Whitcoulls (NZ) iPad app for Books, in NZ Dollars too which makes a nice change
    No doubt we will have to wait for the iBooks store.
    Best
  • simon.co.nz Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    If we can't access iBooks in New Zealand why advertise we can? Please edit the New Zealand page state that ibooks isn't avaliable.

     

    http://itunes.apple.com/nz/app/ibooks/id364709193?mt=8

     

    Notice the nz in the url string. Or perhapse advise the kindle app.

     

    Thanks.

     

    Regards

    Simon.