Byron Lee | Updated June 11, 2018 08:13:25Apple is set to start selling Kindle books in Canada this fall, with the company announcing a partnership with ebook retailer iBooks to sell the digital books through its store in the country.
The news was announced today at the company’s Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco, where the company also announced a partnership to bring the new books to the United States and Europe.
The partnership, which will debut in Canada, will allow users to buy and download eBooks through the Apple store on Apple’s iOS and iBooks apps.
For now, the books will only be available for the Apple iPad and Mac devices, but Apple says the new versions will be available on the Kindle Fire tablet, and Apple Watch.
The announcement is likely to spark a fierce debate on the digital book space in Canada.
There, the company is competing with a number of publishers, such as Simon & Schuster, Penguin Random House, Simon &Schuster Canada, Macmillan Canada and the HarperCollins Publishing Group.
Some publishers have taken a stand, with HarperCollins announcing it would start selling its digital books from June 15, while Macmillon has said it plans to launch in Canada in July, but it will not be available to buy at the moment.
For now, however, the new eBooks will be free to download and users will be able to buy them for $5 a month.
The books are available through Amazon, the Google Play store, the iBooks app and other retailers, including Amazon’s own Kobo.