No iBooks on UK iPad

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According to the gadget blog Pocket Lint, early iPad buyers won’t find the iBooks app on their new Apple tablets. The blog reports on a comparison first noticed by the UK Register–Apple’s UK page for the iPad and the US page are exactly the same except for the fact that the UK page is missing iBooks.

Pocket Lint contacted Apple for an explanation, and this is what an Apple spokesperson told them: “All I can confirm at present is what’s in the press release: iBookstore will be available in the US at launch. International availability will be announced at a later date.”

Pocket Lint attributes this to the time it takes to get international rights to sell titles, and the blog also speculates on the likelihood that iBooks won’t accept books not bought from Apple, with which we agree, and which we think is really bad.