iBookstore could launch in Japan this year

Apple is preparing to take another stab at the iBookstore in Japan, according to AllThingsD. Quoting sources with knowledge of the situation [1. Not to be confused with my favorite “sources familiar with the matter.”], AllThingsD notes that Apple is in negotiations with several Japanese book publishers, but customers shouldn’t expect anything to happen right away.

“‘Later this month,’ we’re told, is far too optimistic a date for launch. Remember, the Japanese e-book market is a notoriously difficult one to break into, and this is essentially Apple’s second attempt at it.”

iBooks has offered public domain books to customers in Japan since 2010 and little else.

Good luck to both parties. Entering Japans’ e-book market won’t be easy.