Apple’s iPad Compatible with Free Project Gutenburg E-Books

Apple’s iPad Compatible with Free Project Gutenburg E-Books

While much of the discussion about books available on Apple’s soon-to-be released iPad revolves around the price publishers will get from Cupertino versus Amazon, there is another wrinkle to the story: 30,000 classics are already available for the tablet device – and they are all free. Along with iBooks sold by Apple, the iPad will also display the many out-of-copyright classics available without charge from Project Gutenberg.

In a world of DRM, where Apple’s FairPlay DRM will restrict distribution of newer books, the iPad also supports the ePub standard.This little known ability could help Apple realize its plans of getting educators onboard the iPad.

[via 9to5Mac]

  • Xomisfit

    Just got my first iPad and didn’t know what form of books to DL. Thx for the info. on the ePub standard. It works just fine with iBooks eReader.

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