Apple’s iBookstore is making its way to Japan and deals have reportedly been made with publishers Kodansha, Shogakukan and Kadokawa, AllThingsD said on Wednesday. Things are reportedly going swimmingly between Apple and the relevant parties, meaning everything might be finalized fairly soon—possibly as early as February.
Japan has proved to be a notoriously difficult nut for Apple to crack, with the Cupertino company’s previous attempt to break into the country’s strict e-book market a failure. Right now, Apple’s iBookstore is merely filled with public domain content in the country. Nothing is set in stone just yet, but things appear to be heading in the right direction.
The iPad has found success in Japan, so this is a good move on Apple’s part. It could bring more value to current iPad owner while, at the same time, attracting new ones. Apple declined to comment on the matter, but it sounds like the firm won’t keep its silence for very much longer.