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Apple has today launched its iBookstore in Australia, allowing iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch users to purchase eBooks online.

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As of today, books from major and independent publishers including Hardie Grant, Macmillan, Hachette, HarperCollins, Murdoch Pubslihers, and Wiley are now available for download on the Australian iBookstore.

Hachette Australia’s Managing Director, Malcolm Edwards said that the company is excited to bring its books to the Australian iBookstore.

“The iBookstore in the US and UK have been a huge success, and it is incredibly exciting that Australian readers can now have a store perfectly tailored for their needs, and that Hachette’s many authors have an innovative new outlet for their works. We are absolutely delighted that so many of our books will be available on the Australian iBookstore, as we are committed to ensuring readers can enjoy the very best writing whenever, and however, they want to buy and read it.”

Hachette authors to be available from the iBookstore include Patricia Cornwell, Justin Cronin, Charlaine Harris, Barry Humphries, Stephen King, Stephenie Meyer, Jessica Watson, and more.

A couple of months ago, Australian users who download the app will only be able to read classic titles. This move by publishers to bring their books to the iBookstore means that users can now read the latest books on their device.

The iBookstore allows a user to browse by title, author, or genre. Users can tap a book to see more details, read a smalple, and even download it instantly to the device.

Pricing varies from book to book, but there are currently some on offer for as low as 99 cents. 

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