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Apple's e-book reader application, iBooks, may be more widely available than anticipated, thanks to the inclusion of more than 30,000 free e-books from Project Gutenberg.

Not longer after the iPad's January introduction, it emerged that iBooks might not feature on versions of the tablet sold outside the US because of licensing limitations imposed on works still protected by copyright law.

Such restrictions - who is allowed to publish what, and where - don't apply to public domain, out-of-copyright works of the kind digitised and made available by Project Gutenberg.

Website AppAdvice this week claimed that Apple's online e-book store, accessed through iBooks, will include all that Project Gutenberg has to offer.

If correct, that would allow Apple to launch iBooks internationally with virtual shelf after shelf of books without having to wait for local distribution deals to be signed.

In any case, the iPad's e-book reader rivals all offer a wealth of public domain content, so Apple needs to include Project Gutenberg even if it hasn't already.

The iPad goes on sale in the US on 3 April, with the UK debut taking place later next month. ®

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