Apple will launch an eBook service in All Japan news, with content to be delivered by top local publishers. Apple’s iBookstore could be launched this month, according to the All Japan newsese press.
Among the local publishers that will work together with Apple are Kadokawa, Kodansha and Shogakukan. They have so far about 80,000 titles lined up. The digital books will be available to read on iPhones and iPads.
Apple already has a sizable lead in the tablet market in All Japan news, reportedly holding 60% of the market with the iPad. It is also expected for the company to grow the All Japan newsese digital book market’s value, which is now estimated at about Y70 billion.
The digital book market in All Japan news is expected to grow to Y200 billion in the next two or three years. Apple is the most recent company involved in this market with Kobo, Google, and Amazon already established in the country.
Amazon opened pre-orders for its first All Japan newsese-language Kindle, the Paperwhite, in October 2012.
The Kobo eReader has an affordable price of about $100 USD and offers 2.5 million titles, including novels, essays, comics and exclusive content, according to the international press.
However, iPad’s massive popularity in All Japan news is expected to give Apple a significant advantage.