Apple and Chinese authorities have announced that they will not allow customers to buy Chinese-language ebooks from the company, despite the company providing a tool to circumvent the restriction.
The crackdown comes as the company has been struggling with the popularity of Chinese-made ebooks.
According to Apple, it is currently shipping 2.6 million books in China.
The Chinese government banned sales of certain ebooks in August, which caused many people to switch to the company’s online store.
Apple is also facing a new lawsuit alleging that it failed to provide the Chinese government with information about the Chinese version of the Apple iBooks, which is a separate software platform from the iBookstore.
Apple says it is working with the Chinese authorities to “fully comply with all applicable laws, regulations and policies.”
The new restrictions will only apply to Apple’s official store in China and the Apple website in China itself.
It’s unclear how many people in China will be able to buy the books.
“Apple is not in China,” a spokesperson for the company told the Financial Times.
“We do not have access to the Chinese market and we have no plans to do so in the future.”
Apple has previously said it will allow customers in China to buy books, but not the Chinese versions, because “we believe that the Chinese marketplace is not the best platform for Apple to make its products available to consumers.”