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Apple Opens iBookstore in Japan

Apple has launched the iBookstore in Japan, moving into a booming digital market.

In the release, novelist and filmaker Ryu Murakami said he will sell three books “exclusively” through iBookstore. He explained:  ”As an author and Apple user for 20 years, the arrival of the iBookstore allows me to tell stories in a way you simply can’t in a physical book.” AppNewser has more details:

The store launches with a selection of Japanese language books and titles from Japanese publishers including: Kodansha, KADOKAWA, Bungeishunju, Gakken and Gentosha … Apple is not the first to the Japanese marketplace. Last summer, the Canadian eBook store Kobo opened its eBook store in Japan followed by Amazon who launched Kindle Japan last October.

TVNewser senior editor Alex Weprin discussed the news on the Morning Media Menu today. Press play below to listen…

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