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Kindle app now supports Project Gutenberg eBooks

Kindle app now supports Project Gutenberg eBooks
Matt Tinsley
Matt Tinsley|@mTinsleyMusic|January 12, 2011 10:00 AM
If you've not already jumped on the eBook bandwagon, there's never been a better time to climb aboard. With apps like iBooks and Amazon's Kindle app, getting eBooks onto your favorite Apple device couldn't be easier -- especially now that Amazon has updated its Kindle app to support Project Gutenberg eBooks in version 2.5.

Project Gutenberg "... is the first and largest single collection of free electronic books, or eBooks. Michael Hart, founder of Project Gutenberg, invented eBooks in 1971 and continues to inspire the creation of eBooks and related technologies today," according to Project Gutenberg's website.

This means that the Kindle app now has access to over 33,000 free and out-of-copyright eBooks. On top of that, the app also supports access to "millions" of eBooks through the Internet Archive and other online sources, too. That's way more than a lifetime's worth of reading, for free!

What else is new in update 2.5?
  • Continue downloading books while the app is in the background on iOS 4 devices
  • Improved image zoom
  • New book indicator
  • Bug fixes
iBooks users can access Project Gutenberg eBooks, too. However, the process is slightly more laborious than that of the Kindle app's (here's a how-to guide). Plus, the Kindle app has a top free downloads chart as well as a paid one -- something the iBookstore lacks.

The Kindle app is free on the iOS App Store and the Mac App Store. If you're an avid eBook reader, why not share your favorite free or out-of-copyright eBooks in the comments below?
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