Apple Begins Incorporating Project Gutenberg Titles into iBookstore Catalog

Following up on last week’s story that the iPad will support the Project Gutenberg’s ePpub file format, App Advice is reporting that it has observed a significant number of free titles from Project Gutenberg included directly in the store. If you’re not familiar with the Gutenberg Project, it’s a free online digital library supported by volunteers. This library already includes over 30,000 free eBooks from the public domain.

An initial look at Apple’s iBookstore has revealed that Apple has decided to include assorted Project Gutenberg titles directly. These files are apparently appearing as free downloads.

Apple’s iBooks feature page confirmed that the iPad’s iBooks application will support the open ePub standard used by Project Gutenberg, so its contents’ compatibility with the iPad is not unexpected. Integration of Project Gutenberg is turning out to be a pleasant surprise.

The final versions of iBooks and the iBookstore are scheduled to launch in the U.S. alongside the iPad on April 3rd.

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