Books are now the biggest category on the App Store, with more of these available for sale than ever before, eclipsing previous top category, games.
No surprise then Apple’s ramping-up its iBookstore strategy, recruiting staff to help expand the store internationally and filing trademarks to protect the service in Canada (and presumably other territories).
Patently Apple has found Apple’s two trademark filings in Canada for “iBooks” and the “iBook Store” or “iBookStore” under applications 1468914 and 1468910 respectfully – in February 2010.
HMV is continuing its attempt to take on iTunes, now launching its online music store, HMV Digital, in Canada.
HMVdigital.ca offers millions of tracks for download in MP3 format, free of DRM and playable on any digital media player equipped with MP3 support. Because it’s a Canadian site, it’s available in English and French.
The cross-platform service is accessed via a Web browser, and – unlike iTunes – lets users download previously purchased tracks for free in the event a collection is lost or damaged.
The BBC has announced that for the first time ever its key shows will be available for purchase and download from the iTunes Store in Canada, the first time full-length episodes of BBC programs are available from a digital outlet in Canada.