Apple's iBookstore Comes to Canada, Brings 'New Opportunities'
Canada's Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, the Honorable James Moore, announced this week that Apple Canada has been granted approval under the Investment Canada Act to establish iBookstore Canada.
The Government of Canada had ordered a review to determine if the investment by Apple Canada would be of net benefit to the country. Under the Investment Canada Act, all reviews and approvals of investments in the cultural sector are the responsibility of the Minister of Canadian Heritage.
"Our Government is committed to strengthening Canada's economy through all its sectors, especially arts and culture," says Minister Moore. "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."
In exchange, the Canadian government reported, Apple Canada made the following commitments:
• promotion of Canadian-authored books—both French- and English-language titles—in iBookstore in Canada and other iBookstores internationally;
• increased opportunities for Canadian publishers and authors, including new and independent writers;
• increased access to titles from Aboriginal authors and publishers;
• assistance to Canadian publishers in streamlining processes of e-book creation and enhancement; and
• jobs for Canadians and improved services for Canadian consumers, including an iBookstore tailored to Canadian readers.