Apple has sent out a notification to iPhone and iPad owners who use its Books app reminding them of the free to read ebooks and free to listen audiobooks on the service. The notification said “Enjoy a good book, on us” and is designed to help people pass the time due to the global isolation and lockdown situation in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
The app has a decent range of titles for adults and children from Sesame Street to HG Wells, and famous tomes like Pride and Prejudice on audiobook. Depending on your region, the app also has classic titles from the likes of Shakespeare.
Anyone with an iPhone or iPad can download the titles completely free of charge and many of the novels on offer are the first in a series, meaning it could prove an excellent way to trial that first book you weren’t sure you wanted to buy to find out if you liked it.
It comes at an uncertain time in global health where many people are turning to digital media to wile away hours cooped up indoors. Scribd has made its digital book archive free for 30 days while Square Enix recently offered two Tomb Raider games for free to PC users.