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iBookstore to include free Project Gutenberg titles?

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By Charles Starrett

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Published: Thursday, March 25, 2010
News Categories: Apple, iPad, Apps + Games

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Following a report from yesterday indicating that the iBookstore would offer most titles on The New York Times best sellers list for $9.99, App Advice is now reporting that the iBookstore will also feature a vast number of free titles from Project Gutenberg. Project Gutenberg is a volunteer organization that digitizes and catalogs books which have seen their U.S. copyright expire; the Gutenberg website claims to offer over 30,000 ebook titles for free. The report is accompanied by a supposed screenshot of the iBookstore interface, showing several free titles, including Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain, both of which are available through Project Gutenberg; the report also notes that while the number of free titles wasn’t counted, it appears the entirety of Gutenberg’s catalog is available. It was previously revealed that the iPad’s iBooks applicaiton would support non-DRM ePub books not downloaded from the iBookstore, however, this is the first evidence of Apple actually offering these books for direct download.

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1

Any word on if the Kindle, Stanza, and B&N reader apps will be available in versions suitable for the iPad? These readers are now available for the iPhone/iPod Touch.

Posted by MelM on March 25, 2010 at 2:51 PM (PDT)

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I hope I can find more chinese-written books or Japanese-written books in iBookstore in the future…

Posted by Ella on November 7, 2010 at 4:23 PM (PDT)

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