Originally Posted by kotatsu
Not many I bet. The iBooks store is a US exclusive, so the iPad abroad is an ereader with no ebooks.
Apple aren't, understandably, publicising the lack of books abroad. I wonder how many returns they'll get on day two when people find out about this somewhat deal breaking oversight.
Firstly, there'll be plenty of people wanting an iPad regardless of the iBook Store.
Secondly, there's no reason why the iBook Reader won't be available for non-US users to use with the hundreds (thousands? Millions?) of DRM free ePub books out there.
Thirdly, as with all other content from the iTunes Stores, it will fairly quickly become available outside of the US (well, Canada and the UK at least -- I don't really know about other territories).
I'm in the UK, but could easily pre-order one from the US and get it sent to one of my employer's US offices. Internal post to the UK, and hopefully skip the VAT! Hopefully customs duty is 0% on the iPad as it comes under the heading of wireless devices. Thanks EU.
But, there are a couple of things holding me back. Firstly, no UK prices yet. For some things (Apple TV 160GB) the UK to US price difference is huge (both my ATVs are from the US), but others barely different at all (most iPods). Secondly, I still can't quite decide on whether to get the 3G one or not. I'd only really use the 3G data when on holiday (it still amazes me how many holiday cottages and villas don't come with wifi). In the UK I can use my spare PAYG O2 SIM that gives me free data for a month so long as I top up with £10 (~$15). Not too bad. OTOH, I can jailbreak my iPhone and install something like MyWi to turn my iPhone into a 3G wireless hotspot. It kills the battery, and will probably be a bit more of a hassle than the built in 3G; but, realistically, how often am I likely to use it?
Decisions, decisions. Maybe I'll just wait for some reviews to come out (or sneakily try the MyWi thing in the Regent St. Apple Store!)