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As launch of the Apple iPad approaches in April, Apple is advertising in Australia for an executive to manage the associated “iBooks” business in Asia-Pacific and Canada.

As launch of the Apple iPad approaches in April, Apple is advertising in Australia for an executive to manage the associated “iBooks” business in Asia-Pacific and Canada.

The executive can choose between being based in Sydney or Toronto, according to the ad which has been running on Australian jobs Web site Seek, as well as on New Zealand ­ and presumably Canadian ­ sites. Likely salary has not been mentioned.

News of an Australian/Asia-Pacific iBooks store comes as a surprise. Until now it’s been understood that, in the initial stages of the iPad rollout, iBooks would be available only in the US.

Apple already makes the iBooks app for finding and downloading titles ­ and storing them on a personal “bookshelf”, pictured ­ available on its iPhone App Store. But, presumably for copyright reasons, it’s been restricted to US-based users.

For US readers, Apple has signed up five major publishers: Macmillan, Penguin, Hachette, Simon & Schuster and HarperCollins. Publishers are able to set their own prices and will split the revenue 70:30 with Apple.

According to the Seek ad, the Asia-Pacific job will involve “working with the iBooks and iTunes teams in Cupertino, Canada, Australia and other countries, and with content partners to secure content from US, international and local providers, and to market that content on the iBooks store and through other marketing programs.

The successful applicant will need to have “8-10 years relevant publishing experience, with 2-5 years working in online media”, along with either a Bachelor of Arts or Science degree ­ or better still an MBA.

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