Apple has released an update for iBooks.
Apple has reportedly worked out deals with several large Japanese publishers to bring the iBookstore to Japan as early as this month. Apple is late to the party in Japan with Kobo, Amazon, and Google all having head starts, but with the market primed and ready for more ebooks, Apple has nothing to lose.
Today DC Comics became the first comic book publisher to make its weekly comic catalog available on the iBookstore as well as Kindle and Nook stores. We’ve had graphic novels before, and both DC and Marvel have their own apps, but this expansion, according to DC, is about giving comic book fans the choice they want to get their weekly fix.
Last week, Apple sent out invites for the media event to be held later today with the tag line “We’ve got a little more to show you“.
With just over 8 hours to go, here’s what we can expect from Apple’s iPad event tomorrow, based on all the rumors and speculations we’ve heard so far.
Apple on Agency Pricing Model: We Can’t Treat Publishers Any Differently Than We Treat App Developers
The U.S. government has filed an antitrust lawsuit in New York against Apple, Hachette, HarperCollins, Macmillan, Penguin and Simon & Schuster over allegations of fixing e-book prices. 16 other states have also joined the U.S. Department of Justice in filing lawsuits against the Apple and the publishers mentioned over the same charges.