Mike Cane is a real books guy. Books are his thing, as he says. He’s got two very good posts up at his iPad Test site offering his thoughts on the iPad’s iBookstore, after getting a recent sneak peek at it, and highlighting some unexpected free titles in the fledgling store.
He’s got lots of good insights and screenshots, covering everything from pricing levels (which he points out may well not reflect what we’ll see when the store opens) to the rather clunky sorting options offered in the Free Books section.
More good news on the iPad iBooks app and reading free ePub titles from Project Gutenberg in it. It looks like many (or perhaps all) these free – and classic – titles are included in the iBookstore catalog. And of course they’re still free.
AppAdvice has got the scoop on this one:
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; it is an amazing popular resource.
Well, when checking out Apple’s iBookstore, I noticed that Apple has decided to include these directly. I obviously haven’t had the chance to count them, but it appears that the entire catalog is available for free download.
iBooks is sounding more and more like a killer app the more we learn about it.
As pre-orders for the iPad went live yesterday, Apple also revealed a lot more information about the ‘magical, revolutionary’ device, from more tech specs to more details about the not quite built-in (but available free in the App Store) iBooks app.
iBooks will double as an ebook reader app and bookstore for acquiring ebooks. One of the most notable new bits of detail on iBooks is that it will let you add ePub titles not acquired via its own store as well:
The iBooks app uses the ePub format — the most popular open book format in the world. That makes it easy for publishers to create iBooks versions of your favorite reads. And you can add free ePub titles to iTunes and sync them to the iBooks app on your iPad.
I noticed some time back that the (very pretty looking) iBooks app is not a built-in app on the iPad, even though it was demo-ed and talked about quite a bit at the iPad launch event. It’s a free download from the App Store instead, and like others I’d been wondering why.
I think the reason put forward in the tweet above from @perfy to John Gruber (of Daring Fireball) is a very good one.
Rather than having to wait on OS updates to tweak the iBooks app, it can be updated whenever, just like any other App Store app – except probably without rejections backed by loony tune reasons and such-like. :)
Via: Daring Fireball