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Free Books: iPad’s iBookstore to feature the Gutenberg Project

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Despite all the money floating around the iPad, there’s one spot free of capitalism in all of it: Project Gutenberg’s free public domain eBooks will be listed in the iBookstore.

As uncovered by AppAdvice, the Gutenberg online library is listed in the iBookstore, so iPad users will be able to easily access their 30,000+ books in ePub format.

Of course, even if they didn’t, anyone can access the books via the Internet, but the access in the iBookstore alongside their paid offerings is a pretty big deal. It’d be akin to Borders opening public libraries in their book stores. (Yeah, Borders is pretty cool about letting you read every book in the place, but their “borrowing” policy is another matter.)

One potential downside: Project Gutenberg books aren’t necessarily in the public domain outside the U.S. Just because a copyright on a book has expired in the U.S., that doesn’t mean it’s expired everywhere else. I would not be surprised if Apple chooses to avoid potential copyright violation problems and limit Gutenberg access to U.S. only.

Via Slashgear

Alleged Apple fanboi, accused Android apologist, and confirmed Microsoft MVP for touch and tablet Mark Sumimoto a.k.a. Sumocat dabbles in all areas of mobile computing with a focus on Windows-based Tablet PCs and pen input. A mobile computing enthusiast since 2004, he pioneered the field of ink blogging via his personal blog, Sumocat's Scribbles. His current tools include a Fujitsu Lifebook T900, TEGA v2, and iPhone 4. Email: sumocat [at] notebooks.com

2 Comments

  1. Michael O. Schoneman

    03/26/2010 at 9:09 am

    I’m think that the whole iBook store is US only (at least at launch)

    • Sumocat

      03/26/2010 at 9:16 am

      True, but that’s just a matter of signing deals with publishers in other nations. Can’t do that with Project Gutenberg.

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