Apple’s iPad Will Launch With 30,000 Free E-Books at the iBookstore

March 26, 2010, By Radimir Bobev

When the iPad launches on April 3, the Apple iBookstore will offer more than 30,000 classic books absolutely free, as reported by AppAdvice. The e-books will be straight from Project Gutenberg’s free digital library, and will be offered alongside commercial titles from various notable publishers.

Project Gutenberg is a volunteer-ran project, aimed at digitizing literature and making it publically available without charging for it. They’ll transfer their entire current library to the iPad for free, and all of the books will come without and DRM – while the paid ones will use Apple’s own FairPlay DRM system.

It should be noted that the iBooks app will not be installed on the iPad by default, and you’ll have to download it from the App Store (for free). It can read ePub books, and according to an e-mail that Steve Jobs sent to a customer, it will also support adding additional free, non-DRM titles from the iTunes store.

Yet another good reason to consider getting your hands on Apple’s shiny new toy, no?

[ Via PCWorld ]

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