By Helen Gregg
The Canadian government has approved Apple’s iBookstore Canada with some stipulations for the media giant, CBC reported on Tuesday. The iBookstore launched internationally on May 28 of this year, but only select US and public domain works were available to Canadian consumers while the government examined the cultural impact of the iBookstore.
The iBookstore was approved after Apple made several promises to help ensure it would promote Canadian culture. The iBookstore will make a concerted effort to promote books by Canadians in both English and French, and to increase access to books written by aboriginal authors. Apple will also help Canadian publishers create e-books to be sold through the iBookstore as well as other sources.
Heritage Minister James Moore said: “Apple has demonstrated how iBookstore Canada represents new opportunities for Canadian authors and publishers, and I have determined that this investment will be of net benefit to Canada.”