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Old 01-28-2010, 07:55 AM   #1
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iBooks on iPad to be U.S. ONLY???

Wotcha folks.

Well, unless they reverse this at launch and it's US only at present while they negotiate with other publishers, there goes any reason why I'd want an iPad.

In grey small print at the bottom of this page - http://www.apple.com/ipad/features/ it says:

1. iBooks available in the U.S. only.

An Ebook reader that can also do the email / web / movies / casual games on a nice big screen? GREAT! I want one!

A big Ipod Touch? Forget it.
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Old 01-28-2010, 08:06 AM   #2
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Hardly unexpected. Just like the Kindle was US only at launch. Heck, for that matter, the iTunes Store was US only for its first year or so.

It will inevitably take time to negotiate international deals with these things. In the mean time, Apple are dealing with their home market first. That's only common sense.
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On teh main video it says "ibooks US and selected countries only."

which is even more to be expected.
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Old 01-28-2010, 08:40 AM   #4
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The arguments are just beginning here about the fact the iPad needs modules for camera, USB and keyboard to be plugged in, plus no ibook access. The shine is not so bright now it seems.
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The arguments are just beginning here about the fact the iPad needs modules for camera, USB and keyboard to be plugged in, plus no ibook access. The shine is not so bright now it seems.
It doesnt need a module for keyboard!

any bluetooth keyboard will work fine.

And I dont want those things so am happier to pay $499 without them than $599 with them.

if this device ahd in fact of been $599 no one would have blinked, it was expected to be more.

whilst ALL companies are charging for accesories Apple will do it to, $45 nexus desk dock anyone?
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Quoting what I have read

http://www.watoday.com.au/digital-li...ml?autostart=1

I grant you, it is cheap for what is is touted to do though.
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Wotcha folks.

Well, unless they reverse this at launch and it's US only at present while they negotiate with other publishers, there goes any reason why I'd want an iPad.

In grey small print at the bottom of this page - http://www.apple.com/ipad/features/ it says:

1. iBooks available in the U.S. only.

An Ebook reader that can also do the email / web / movies / casual games on a nice big screen? GREAT! I want one!

A big Ipod Touch? Forget it.
And you expected anything less? You know only US people read English, right? (those English, Irish and Australians are weird people, their English is even weirder! and the rest of the world still uses stones...)
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I grant you, it is cheap for what is is touted to do though.
Compared to, say, this?

Mhm. (And yes, they really DO get 8 hours...)
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Old 01-28-2010, 10:06 AM   #9
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Compared to, say, this?
The closest Asus comparison is probably to the EEE PC T91 convertible tablet. It is certainly netbooks and convertable netbooks than Apple is targeting with the relatively (for Apple) low price of the iPad. None of the Intel cpus can suspend for a month on one battery charge, although they can certainly get to 8+ hours with a big enough battery.
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I was looking on a direct price comparison basis, and given you'll want a cover for the iPad that was a fair comparison.
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Are you sure the ipad will only have books available in the US? I just got an email from Kobo (which I buy some ebooks from and I am Canadian)that states


" There are lots of new and exciting changes happening in the eReading world, especially with the launch of the new Apple iPad tablet.

Kobo has been working around the clock to develop our FREE iPad app that will launch with the iPad in 60 days - check out a few images of our prototypes below!"
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Are you sure the ipad will only have books available in the US? I just got an email from Kobo (which I buy some ebooks from and I am Canadian)that states


" There are lots of new and exciting changes happening in the eReading world, especially with the launch of the new Apple iPad tablet.

Kobo has been working around the clock to develop our FREE iPad app that will launch with the iPad in 60 days - check out a few images of our prototypes below!"
The US only thing refers to books bought from Apple's own storefront, the iBook app. Kobo have their own app they can sell from and from which you can read books using. Although some of us are speculating as to wether apple will actually allow any other eBook apps on the iPad.
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Are you sure the ipad will only have books available in the US? I just got an email from Kobo (which I buy some ebooks from and I am Canadian)that states


" There are lots of new and exciting changes happening in the eReading world, especially with the launch of the new Apple iPad tablet.

Kobo has been working around the clock to develop our FREE iPad app that will launch with the iPad in 60 days - check out a few images of our prototypes below!"
Artemis the US only talk is about apples OWN ibookstore and is actually contradicted on their own video where it says" iBooks available in the U.S. and selected countries only" and on the site where it says "iBooks available in the U.S. only."

id in fact stanza, kobo, Kindle etc are allowed on the iPad then we will all be able to read the majority of eBook formats.
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Old 01-28-2010, 11:38 AM   #14
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And i expect that they will roll the iBookstore out to other countries when they settle licensing etc. It took them some time to make the iTunes music store available in many countries.
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I bet they are already working on it. For sure, who doesn't want to penetrate the global market?

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