Here come e-books on the iPhone??

images.jpegWell, not actually—but maybe soon.

The gadget site Gearlog just posted an interview with Apple’s Greg Joswiak, Vice President of Hardware Product Marketing.

The operative part of the interview is as follows: “I asked him about independent, native software development for the iPhone. He said Apple doesn’t oppose native application development, which was new to me. Rather, Apple takes a neutral stance—they’re not going to stop anyone from writing apps, and they’re not going to maliciously design software updates to break the native apps”.

This is the first time, to my knowledge, that Apple has acknowledged that third party applications will be “allowed” on the phone. Looking around for such a stand-alone application for ebooks, I found Books.app. This is an installable application that can read HTML and text files, and, according to the site, can read Project Gutenberg books.

Installing the application isn’t easy, and I’m not about to try it and risk my phone, but this is an exciting development that may bode well for the iPhone and e-book community.

By the way, a good listing of stand-alone iPhone applications can be found at the ModifyMyiphone site.

2 Comments on Here come e-books on the iPhone??

  1. Paul,

    This article makes it sound pretty simple to install third-party apps via AppTapp.
    I haven’t tried it, so I could be wrong (no iPhones in Canada yet).

    http://iphone.macworld.com/2007/09/iphone_hacking_kit_the_next_ge.php

    – nathan.

  2. Paul, I found that Installer.app worked perfectly — it installs a little program on your iPhone that you then use to install Books.app (and other 3rd party programs).

    http://iphone.nullriver.com/beta/

    Really quite painless, and you can always just restore your iPhone using iTunes if you must!

    In addition to reading regular Project Gutenberg files you can download prepared books.app titles from manybooks.net :) — they’ve already been split into 20k segments for quicker loading, and they’ll display a little thumbnail book cover, too!

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