Japan's Nikkei scooped. Apple start selling e-books in Japan on iPad next month.
via http://www.nikkei.com/article/DGXNASDD31011_R31C12A2MM8000/?dg=1 (Japanese)
According to Nikkei, Apple cooperates with Japanese main publishing companies, Kodansya, Shougakukan and Kadokawa group Holdings.
I think that this is timely. Because 2013 is big year of public domain in Japan. Writers more than 60 became the public domain only on January 1, 2013. A lot of popular novelist and famous scholars are included in them. Japanese e-books users will increase more if Apple really launches e-books business in Japan.