Apple planning for international iBook Store expansion

<p>Apple has advertised for an iBook Store manager outside of the US, sparking speculation that the electronics giant could begin the roll out its iBook Store outside of the US this year.<br /><br />Publishers in the UK are expecting Apple&#39;s iBook Store to follow closely behind the launch of the iPad in the UK in March, but no one spoken to by <em>The Bookseller</em> would name a launch date.<br /><br />Apple began marketing its iPad in the UK immediately after its launch event in the US in January but has yet to confirm pricing, and its features specifically exclude the iBook Store. A spokesperson for Apple said: &quot;We haven&#39;t made any further announcements about the iPad or the iBook Store since our January event.&quot;<br /><br />The Apple recruitment ad said it was looking for someone who would have responsibility for building its book business in &quot;Australia, New Zealand and Canada&quot;. It is not known if a similar role exists in Europe or the UK.<br /><br /><a href="../news/114221-makinson-the-definition-of-the-book-is-up-for-grabs.html" target="_blank" title="http://www.thebookseller.com/news/114221-makinson-the-definition-of-the-... Group chairman and c.e.o. John Makinson this week demonstrated how the iPad could be used for Penguin titles at the Financial Times&#39; Digital Media &amp; Broadcasting Conference,held in London on Tuesday</a>.</p>