50 best free ebooks from iBooks, Google Play, and Project Gutenberg

The iPad may just be the world’s best way to surf the Web. Apple’s semi-new iPad branding campaign may take the company’s expensive piece of tech to a variety of extreme settings such as the bottom of the sea and atop snowy peaks, but the iPad can also take users to some pretty cool literary places, too.

Thanks to a plethora of ebooks — ranging from long-standing, public domain classics and graphic novels to self-published titles and children’s tales — freely available in the iTunes’, downloading top-notch ebooks onto your iPad via a wireless connection has never been easier. However, not only does Apple’s expansive store boast a library of tens of thousands of book titles, but the tablet’s sheer potential for literary excellence becomes even more rigorous when you combined with that of Google and Project Gutenberg’s extensive digital archive. Whether you’re looking for the blood-soaked graphic novel that spurred AMC’s hit series, or merely the classic tale encompassing Ahab’s fabled hunt for the enigmatic white whale, the iPad has plenty to offer on a nonexistent budget.

Here is our handpicked selection of the best free ebooks for the iPad, so you tote some of the best titles around with you no matter where you go. Additionally, check out our top picks for the best iPad apps, or our top picks for the best free books for Kindle, if you opted for Amazon’s flagship offering. And why not name your price and pick up 10 gaming-themed ebooks through StoryBundle while you’re at it?

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Note: The iBookstore, Google Play, and Project Gutenberg all offer ebooks using the iPad’s proprietary format (ePub), so long as you download the appropriate file. However, although books downloaded from the iBookstore will automatically be saved in the ePub format, you want to ensure you download the correct file when using other ebook services. To do so using Google Play, navigate to your Google Play Book library, click the three squares in the upper-right corner of any title, and select “Download EPUB” from the resulting drop-down list. To do so using Project Gutenberg, select “EPUB” from the list of available download options for your desired book.

Afterward, launch iTunes, click the main menu in the top-left corner, and select “Add File to Library” from the resulting drop-down menu prior to choosing your desired ePub book from its respective save location. Then simply sync the ebook with your iPad as would normally using iTunes.

Additionally, you can convert any book in PDF format to ePub.

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