iBooks has reportedly gained a new ability – being able to open and save ePub files from email, as well as from web sites. Previously this was not allowed, likely to do concerns about licensing and intellectual rights.
Either Apple is no longer worried that we might be pirating ebooks on our iDevices, or they’re realized that ePub files, like PDF’s, can be used for more than just New York Times Best-Sellers, and that content producers should have choices in how they distribute their materials.
As a result, you can browse ePub collections on the Internet plus buy, download and import ePub releases straight into iBooks, bypassing a computer entirely. Purchased ePubs will be transferred to your desktop the next time you sync with iTunes.
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