Apple iPad Launches Internationally; Four Major UK Publishers Available in iBookstore

Today The Bookseller reported that Penguin, Pan Macmillan, Hachette UK, and HarperCollins have struck iBookstore deals with Apple. Their eBooks are now available for UK readers on the international version of the iPad.

Here’s more from the article: “The four represent five of the original global publishers who signed with Apple before its US launch in April–only Simon & Schuster is currently missing. Between them, they account for roughly 36% of the UK books market.”

Earlier this week, the online publication Slashgear was disappointed with the current selection in the Apple iBookstore–the bookstore was fairly empty as Apple completed these deals with international publishers.