Simply stated, it is I bought quite a bit of Music and Movies from my native country (be it Hong Kong, France, Italy, etc). However, the iBookstore for that country has very few books on the iBookstore.

Therefore, I need to listen to music and watch movies for iTunes store for one country (Hong Kong), and be able to read books on iBooks for the content of USA iTunes store, on the same iPhone or same iPad.

Is it possible?

(some details: it looks like if I keep on switching countries using one iTunes account and buy content from USA store and Hong Kong store, then all content can be available under one iTunes account and therefore on one iPhone. However, since I don't have a credit card with a Hong Kong billing address, I can only buy HK gift cards and buy HK content that way, and I can't switch to USA store and buy things if there is remaining HK$520 in the account. I have to use it all up first. So I am sort of forced to use 2 iTunes accounts, one for the HK store, and one for the USA store.)

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I have a Canadian iTunes account and a USA iTunes account that I switch back an forth with on my MacOS X system - mostly because some iOS software is only available in one country or the other. Purchases from each account seem to be syncing just fine to my iPhone, so I assume it will work for books too.

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    how do you actually switch... on the Mac and on iPhone? On my systems, it will say if you switch, then for 90 days you cannot switch again. I am not sure if USA and Canada have this limitation if the culture (movies / books) is very close Commented Oct 13, 2014 at 14:45
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    I only use it for apps, which do not seem to have the 90 day limitation that content seems to. On the iPhone I don't do any switching that I recall, since the authorization seems to have been a one-time type of thing, and was done on the Mac from within iTunes. On the Mac when I cannot find something in my "primary" country, I sign out of my primary country account, switch iTunes to the other country, and sign into the other country account. I do not recall ever seeing the "can't switch for 90 days" warning. I see in other websites that it might only be invoked when downloading past purchases.
    – j-beda
    Commented Oct 14, 2014 at 1:25
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    right, apps don't have that limitation... only songs and movies (and books, I think) do Commented Oct 15, 2014 at 6:33

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