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Apple launches iBookstore in Japan

Apple launched the iBookstore in Japan early this month, featuring titles from major and independent publishers, including a great selection of books from Kodansha, KADOKAWA, Bungeishunju, Gakken and Gentosha.

The iBookstore has a wide selection of emerging and established authors, including Shyotaro Ikenami, Jiro Akagawa, Atsuko Asano and Ryu Murakami.

Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services, said the online store is the best site to buy and read books on the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

iBookstore customers can choose from a wide selection of enhanced books, as well as digitally exclusive titles, including Ryu Murakami’s fiction novels “At the Airport,” “Exodus of Middle-School Students” and “I’ll Always Be With You, Always.”

“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,” Murakami said.

Meanwhile, children’s books including “Piyo-chan: A Letter for Piyo” come to life with interactivity, transitions and audio, while new favorites, including “Toy Story 3: So Long Partner” let readers easily read aloud at their own pace.

Cookbooks are even more useful on the iBookstore with titles such as “I Love Cheesecakes!” from culinary specialist Kiyomi Ishizawa that allows cooks to easily search recipes and ingredients.

Additionally, the iBookstore offers best-selling fiction novels including “Sora-Tobu Kouhoushitsu” by Hiro Arikawa, “Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuutsu” by Nagaru Tanigawa, and “Tenchi Meisatsu” by Tow Ubukata. Also available for purchase and download on the iBookstore are world-renowned Manga titles including Eiichiro Oda’s “One Piece,” Mari Yamazaki’s “Thermae Romae” and Hirohiko Araki’s full color version of “Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure (Part 4)” ,which is digitally exclusive on the iBookstore.

The iBookstore is available in 51 countries and offers hundreds of categories including cookbooks, history books, biographies, picture books and children’s books with free books available in 155 countries.