Users currently require the free Stanza application found in the iPhone apps store in order to download and read the books. Detailed, easy instructions for new users can be found at http://www.booksonboard.com/index.php?F=iPhone_ebooks .
"This provides another way for our customers to keep their reading with them at all times," said Bob LiVolsi, president of BooksOnBoard, "eBooks are about portability, convenience, and being green."
He added, "Apple's iPhone and iTouch devices are the first of many for which we will be enabling for our customers. Most eBooks can reside on several devices at once for personal use without violating copyright. In this way, our readers can have a read-able copy of a title on their iPhone, on their notebook, and on their PC or Mac at the same time. The eReader format is limited in that it does not work on any of the dedicated readers, but it is a leap forward for the format. For dedicated eBook reading devices, we offer Mobipocket for the Cybook, and Adobe for the Sony Reader."
There are several ebook readers available on the iPhone currently with more expected in the coming year. BooksOnBoard plans to work with any of them that allow its customers to read popular new titles from the publishing community.
BooksOnBoard also offers over 5,000 MP3 recently released Audio Books which can be downloaded from BooksOnBoard and added to iTunes for inclusion on iPhone, iTouch, and iPod.
"We will continue to work to bring as much content as possible to customers with, wherever possible, solutions open to everyone," said Nathan Johnson, BooksOnBoard Director of Operations. "Our first iPhone release in November was with over 1,000 industry standard DRM-free ePUB books from Samhain Publishing and Abbey House Press, and we recently partnered with Harlequin and Stanza to bring free ePUB titles for people to try on their iPhones. We will work to support every quality publisher that wants to bring easily accessible digital content to readers."