The federal government has approved Apple’s iBookstore Canada after the company made several promises, including the promotion of titles by Canadian authors.
In September, governor general Michaelle Jean ordered the government to review the digital bookstore’s Canadian iteration to ensure it posed no risk to the nation’s cultural identity. The review was authorized by Section 15 of the Investment Canada Act that allows for investments in Canada to be reviewed if the venture “falls within a prescribed specific type of business activity that, in the opinion of the Governor in Council, is related to Canada’s cultural heritage or national identity.”
Heritage Minister James Moore stated today that “Apple has demonstrated how iBookstore Canada represents new opportunities for Canadian authors and publishers, and I have determined that this investment will be of net benefit to Canada.”
In addition to a commitment to promote books by Canadians in both French and English, Apple Canada said it would increase access to titles by aboriginal authors and publishers and provide help to Canadian publishers with creating ebooks.