It's getting farcical - The following report comes from the Cult of Mac
In a somewhat ironic move, the U.S. government has entered into an
ebook deal with Apple that will see a range of government reports
and ebooks published in Apple’s iBookstore. The partnership, which was
announced earlier this week, coincides with the Department of Justice’s
latest legal filings in its anti-trust suit against Apple.
deal with the Government Printing Office (GPO) will make a wide swath of
documents and ebooks available through the iBookstore. While some
government documents are available for free, a number of documents and
full-length ebooks are not.
Documents originating from the White House that are currently available free of charge include Economic Report of the President and The President’s Budget for Fiscal Year 2013.
Ebooks available for a fee include On Course to Desert Storm, published by the Department of Defense, and Ponzimonium: How Scam Artists are Ripping Off America, published by Commodity Futures Trading Commission.
partnership is one of many that the agency has struck to make content
easily available via several digital channels. The Government Printing
Office already has similar partnerships with Google Play, Barnes &
Noble, OverDrive, Ingram,
and Zinio. Across all its partnerships, the agency has made 250
documents and ebooks available. It expects to add more content to the
iBookstore over time.