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.

Marketcircle supports Japan

My friends at Marketcircle will donate all of the proceeds from Billings 3 and Billings Touch to the Red Cross Japanese relief effort. Just buy either app between Monday, March 21st at 00:00 until Wednesday, March 23 at 23:59 EST. I’ve used Billings 3 and Billings Touch for years, and wouldn’t want to work without them. Great apps and a very deserving cause.

To learn a little more about Marketcircle, you can read my interview with CEO Alykhan “AJ” Jetha.