Pleasantly Surprised by iBooks and FREE BOOKS!

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  1. czachorski macrumors 6502a

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    I wasn't really planning on doing too much book reading on this thing, but I have to say that I am pleasantly surprised at how nice iBook is. For me, the biggest surprise is all the free books. I started reading Adam Smith's Wealth of Nations and War and Peace, both free. Seems like there are 1000's of other free book as well. Nice!
     
  2. jeffy777 macrumors 6502

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    Currently reading "The Count of Monte Cristo" which I got for free.

    The book is way better than the movie, btw.
     
  3. czachorski thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    That one is on my list. Actually, i'm going to dl it right now!
     
  4. Benjic macrumors regular

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    Where are you guy downloading books from, the iBooks store?

    edit: Nvm.

    edit 2: I foresee a huge spike in people actually READING.
     
  5. czachorski thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Yes - when you browse a category, it shows to panes - one is top paid, and the other is top free. There are a ton. When I find a good free book, I then search the store for that Author, and there are usually 10-20 more for free by that same author. All the good classics whose copyrights have expired.
     
  6. dulaney22 macrumors regular

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    It's one of the best books ever written. I like his other works too, but it's the most engaging.
     
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  9. tekniklyrawly macrumors member

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    yea ben just go to the app store and there is an ibooks store app FREE just DL and open it
     
  10. spectre51 macrumors 6502

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    I don't see those two panes when viewing a category. Only way I can get a list of free books is to search for free or on the home screen in the bookstore if you scroll to the bottom there is a link to free books but you can't separate these by category.
     
  11. Fakejohnsculley macrumors member

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    I downloaded Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad last night. free as well. :)
     
  12. Fakejohnsculley macrumors member

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    thanks for reminding me. my wife is looking for that book.
     
  13. afireintonto macrumors 6502a

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    heart of darkness = amazing book!
     
  14. Surely Guest

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    When you're viewing your bookshelf, drag it down towards the bottom of your screen and you'll see the hidden Apple logo.....

    I like Easter eggs :eek:
     
  15. Noisemaker Guest

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    Yes - Project Gutenberg has done a great thing by converting so many classic books into ebooks.

    As far as I know, their entire collection of over 30,000 titles is available.

    Also, it's worth noting that Apple did a great thing by supporting their format and allowing them into the ibookstore!
     
  16. dav macrumors 6502

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    Anyone know the timeframe for when things fall out of copyright?
     
  17. czachorski thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Sorry. It's under top charts in the bottom of the iBook store.
     
  18. Mitchrapp macrumors 6502a

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    Within iBooks there are 4 "The Count of Monte Cristo", free one, a 4.99 one and two 5.99 ones. Looks to be all the same.
     
  19. jeffy777 macrumors 6502

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    They are exactly the same, it's just other publishers trying to make a buck off of a public domain book.
     
  20. Mitchrapp macrumors 6502a

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    I guess 5 bucks for cover with a picture on it ;).
     
  21. paulisme macrumors 6502

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    The horror!
     
  22. gillybean macrumors 6502a

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    The free books from project Gutenberg are really nice - I've downloaded several of them already.
     
  23. Michael CM1 macrumors 603

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    My reading has spiked, although not like mad, due to the Kindle app for iPhone. But between the news apps and that, I read a lot more than I used to.

    For those wondering why there are so many free books, I think copyrights only last about 75 years. So Apple and Amazon can put them out there without licensing worries.

    I do hope libraries work out ways to allow "borrowing" books. It could work a lot like the movie rental process. I just don't know how the pricing would go.
     
  24. dustinl4m3 macrumors regular

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    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Copyright_Term_Extension_Act

     
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