iPad iBooks store to offer 30K free books at launch

March 26, 2010

Apple has let it be known that most books for sale on the iBooks store will cost $9.99, which represents a good discount on retail dead treeware. Now, the company’s let it slip that when the online retail outlet opens it will be stocked with more than 30,000 free books.

AppAdvice has been trawling around in the iBooks online bookstore, the exclusive venue for downloading books to the iPad, and found that titles from the Project Gutenberg library — in excess of 30,000 titles — are available.

Project Gutenberg is a public, open-source project to scan out of copyright books and make them available digitally. Available formats include ePub, Mobipocket, HTML and simple text, and there are currently more than 100,000 titles available in the project’s collection.

Hot off the presses

It had previously been speculated that iBooks would be limited to free books available in the ePub format only — that rumor has now been quite happily put to rest.

Here’s hoping the entire Project Gutenberg library quickly becomes available via iBooks…

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