While Apple has long allowed other types of digital content to be gifted, the option to give e-books had been unavailable until now.
With the East Asian nation now added to the list, the tech giant's iTunes bookstore is available in 51 countries worldwide.
Cue, Apple's senior vice president of Internet software and services, says he had to convince Jobs to pursue iBooks, and he only had a couple months to make it happen before the iPad announcement.
The company says that users will be able to browse 25 new sections containing books across a wide array of genres.
New Zealand and a host of Latin American countries are set to get their own branches of the electronic bookstore sometime today.
Apple has posted a job listing for a marketing manager for its iBookstore in effort to build its e-book business in the U.S. and better compete with rivals Amazon and Barnes & Noble.
Just ahead of the arrival of the newest version of iOS, Apple gives users some reading material to help them get ready.
But Barnes & Noble is neck-and-neck with the electronics giant and sometimes surpasses Apple's market share in digital books, the high-level Apple executive said during testimony in court.
The App Store, iBookstore, and Mac App Store temporarily disappear for some users.
New version of Apple Store app for iPhone and iPod Touch, to be released July 23, will promote Apple's content apps, with some content offered free for a limited time, according to a report.