Shortcovers, maker of the popular Shortcovers eReader app for iPhone, Android and other devices, announced a partnership today with the San Francisco-based Internet Archive, making 1.8 million public domain eBooks available free through the Shortcovers online and mobile store.
The books were scanned through the Internet Archive’s Bookserver project, an ambitious effort to “create a new system where any library, bookstore, or publisher can make digital books available to anyone, without being reliant on only one or two distributors,” according to the Internet Archive in a press release. Peter Brantley, the Director of the Internet Archive’s BookServer Project, said, “We are delighted to work with Shortcovers to increase access to over 1.8 million public domain texts in the EPUB format.”
The new eBooks with be available in both PDF and EPUB formats through Shortcovers this week, with access via the company’s mobile apps following “soon after.”
The Internet Archive’s Bookserver project is, among other things, an alternative to Google Books, so it makes for good competition that the Internet Archive scans are proliferating via popular eReader apps while Google is also making its books available through its own and other channels..