Apple announce their entry into Japan with a rare press release. Click here to read it.
The press release contains an interesting tidbit I hadn't read before. It says the iBooks app, which powers the iBookstore on iPhones, iPads and iPod Touches, has now been downloaded 130 million times. Impressive.
Below, for your global ebook distribution pleasure, is the full list of countries in which Apple is now selling your Smashwords ebooks.
List of Apple iBookstore Countries
If you're not already distributing your book to Apple's 51 iBookstores, I invite you to work with Smashwords. Smashwords is an authorized global aggregator for the iBookstore. We make it fast, free and easy to reach these and other global markets to come. Click here to learn how to publish and distribute ebooks to the Apple iBookstore with Smashwords.
I published directly through the iBookstore and unfortunately, the process for adding Japan to the previous 50 countries was more than a little confusing. What should have take less than five minutes took about fifteen.
Authors are asked to established a base currency for their prices, with no indication of what that does. And the price database Apple consults seems to be flawed. It assumed that my $4.95 ebook was priced at $14.95, the price of the print version. Strange!
In the end, I stumbled around, guessing at what I should enter until the results were prices in Japanese Yen that were close to those in U.S. dollars.
Oddly, I don't remember my initial setup of the 50 countries being that difficult.
Hi Inkling, that's actually a good reason distribute through Smashwords instead. We get you up at the new countries on day one, and we automatically sync the prices for all your books.
Can't find an email for you, so hope you catch this comment.
I love your Smashwords system, and have a lot of fun writing and selling books through it.
I've just made a short story available here for free, in the hope that generating more free stuff will attract more readers - for all of us.
You're doing a great job. Appreciate it.
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