Monday, April 5, 2010

iPad users can read my fantasy series

That tech behemoth Apple has jumped into the ebook retail scene in a big way with the release of its already popular iPad multi purpose tablet device. I read this morning that over 300,000 iPads were sold over the weekend. If any of those people happen to enjoy reading fantasy fiction, you can freely download the iBook version of Union of Renegades: The Rys Chronicles Book I with your new iPad. It's a free way to test out the iBookstore if you are interested in using your iPad as an ebook reader.

The rest of the novels in my fantasy series are also in the iBookstore. The distribution services provided by Smashwords made my inclusion in the Apple iPad ebook marketplace possible, and I'm excited to actually be a part of the big launch of a high profile ebook retail site and reader.

I also read that the iBook application for the iPad allows the use of ebooks from sources outside the iBookstore. To access ebooks with your iPad from alternative sources, according to the iBook application documentation, you must use:

- ebook files in the epub format WITHOUT digital rights managment (DRM).
- sync the epub ebooks to the iPad through iTunes version 9.1 or later.

This means that any iPad user can also use the epub versions of my fantasy novels from my website because I do not use any DRM.