Friday, February 3, 2012

iBookstore Language Support

The latest version of the iBookstore Publisher User Guide, dated 1/19/12, has the same language exclusions as the one from 2010:

"What languages does the iBookstore NOT support?

At this time, the iBookstore does not support the following languages: Persian, Old (ca.600- 400 B.C.), Persian, Samaritan Aramaic, Amharic, Arabic, Official Aramaic (700-300 BCE), Imperial Aramaic (700-300 BCE), Burmese, Chinese, Hebrew, Japanese, Judeo-Persian, Judeo- Arabic,Central Khmer, Lao, and Mon-Khmer languages."

I wonder if this is really accurate. If readers find books in the store in Chinese, Japanese, Arabic, or Hebrew, I would welcome hearing about it.

PS I have personally found a lot of Chinese books in the store, so clearly that language is in fact supported.

1 comment:

Paul D. said...

Perhaps there are features of Chinese it doesn't support. You couldn't say it supported Japanese, for example, unless it supported vertical text columns, furigana, proper line break rules, and a few other things — even though it's probably possible to enter basic Japanese.