Free eBooks from Project Gutenberg on the iBookstore? Yes please.

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Project Gutenberg on the iBookstore?

Rumor has is that the iBookstore will be preloaded with 30,000 free Project Gutenberg eBooks. If true, this could mean you wouldn’t have to go searching for free eBooks, or worry about how to get them on to your iPad next week when the iPad launches.

If you’re scratching your head as to what Project Gutenberg is, then let me explain. It’s an online library that offers digital copies of public domain eBooks for free. You can get books like Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Pride and Prejudice, Huckleberry Finn, etc. The project currently has over 30,000 titles available, and App Advice says that Apple has decided to include the entire catalog on the iBookstore.

The iPad supports the ePub eBook format, which is an open standard already used by numerous online libraries including Project Gutenberg. But having it available right in the iBookstore is great news for everyone. I’m going to assume this rumor is true since it’s a great way for iPad owners to “test drive” the iBookstore and later come back to buy new books. Needless to say, this is probably the only way Apple is going to get many iPad owners, myself included, to read a book instead of browse Wikipedia or the rest of the internet.

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  • AllDaySCIfi

    How do you make science FUN so the kids do most of the work without being pushed all of the way? Aren't the kids bombarded with stuff called science fiction all of the time?

    But science fiction today is not what it was in the 50s and 60s. Is Star Wars SCIENCE? But science has done us a good turn with all of these computers if we use them properly. But can we expect the schools to do that?

    Did they encourage kids to read science fiction in the 50s and 60s. But now a lot of that olde stuff can be had for free. It still needs to have the weeds pulled out though.


    There Ain’t No Such Thing As A FreE-book

    Books take TIME to read regardless off the price. That is the REAL COST of any book. Verne and Wells both wrote tales of going to the Moon but neither described how it was actually done. Sci-fi from before 1945 is historically interesting but not very educational.

    The neutron was not discovered until 1932. That made the A-Bomb possible. WWII changed how the world works. ENIAC was developed for artillery ballistics and became operational in 1945.

    Now von Neumann machines are EVERYWHERE!

    But not in science fiction from before 1945.