I decided I wanted to read Tom Sawyer. I downloaded it to iBooks very easily right inside the app. No problem. But I don't always have my iPad with me so I decided to get the book on Kindle. It was not available for free unless I was willing to download it in 8 parts! So I went to manybooks.net and found it there in Kindle format in one piece. I downloaded it and it showed up nicely in Kindle on my Macbook. I then emailed it to myself so I could get the same thing on my iPad and my iPod touch. No way. When I tried to open the attachment in Mail, it said there was no way to open it. I said to myself, "Yes there is!" Not to be discouraged, I tried putting the file on a network drive and opening it in goodreader and then in airsharing hd. I now have 2 copies of it on my iPad but for some reason, Kindle is not registered to handle .azw files on my iPad?!? Now I'm starting to get desperate so I went to Manybooks.net from my iPad. Nope. This time when I try to download, nothing happens. I try many of the formats and nothing happens. Even the mobi format doesn't work, (which should work in iBooks, right?). So perhaps both Kindle and iBooks are second class citizens when it comes to handling files. But goodreader is allowed to handle pdf files so I wrongfully assumed any program could handle any file on the iPad. I also tried it from my iPod touch. Manybooks.net threw me into a "babified" version of the page that didn't even offer Kindle format. So I tried Opera Mini. Still babified. So there was just no way I was able to get a file over to my iPad that my Kindle or iBooks could read without going through the "predefined" method using the apps' respective book stores and sync methods. I could use whispersync for Kindle and the iBooks book store but I couldn't simply go to a web site and download the file directly to my iPad. I couldn't even download it to my desktop and get it to my iPad using goodreader or airsharing! Finally, I relented and forked over a dollar to amazon for one of those "repackaged" Kindle versions that includes 4 of Twain's books, including Tom Sawyer. Still, I should have been able to grab the free version directly from manybooks.net on my iPad. This walled garden is feeling more and more like a walled prison.