Apple may have announced that more than 3 million iPads have been sold worldwide since the US launch in April, but just a few weeks after the international launch of the iPad, it appears that many publishers in Europe are still choosing to exercise caution when it comes to the iBookstore.
According to Apple spokesman Adam Howorth, there are now some 15,000 titles in the iBookstore in the UK, France and Germany (a breakdown per country was not provided). But new local content has only been provided by a handful of publishers in each of these territories thus far: Hachette, HarperCollins, Macmillan and Penguin in the UK; Hachette, Albin Michel, Eyrolles and the aggregator Immateriel in France. And while Random House US has made headlines for its absence in the iPad iBookstore, Verlagsgruppe Random House in Germany has been in the news as one of only two German book publishers -– the other is Bastei-Luebbe — to have signed on to make its titles available on the platform. Read On!