Apple’s (News - Alert) iTunes Store will soon begin to sell U.S. government documents.
The U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) recently signed an agreement with Apple to sell federal eBooks.
Titles are available in eBook format for the iPad, eReaders, PCs and Macs when running the iTunes Store app.
Current eBook titles include: “Ponzimonium: How Scam Artists are Ripping Off America,” “On Course to Desert Storm,” and the “Appendix, Budget of the United States FY 2013.”
New titles will be forthcoming for the iTunes Store.
GPO also makes eBooks available in partnership with Google’s (News - Alert) eBookstore, Barnes & Noble, OverDrive, Ingram, Zinio and other firms. The partnership with Google started in late 2010.
“GPO is establishing itself as a source for Government publications in an eBook format through our relationships with multiple vendors,” Acting Public Printer, Davita Vance-Cooks, said in a recent statement. “This is another example of the many formats the agency offers the public to access Federal Government information.”
"This is kind of where GPO is going,” office spokesman Gary Somerset told Newsday. "We've moved beyond ink or paper."
"It not only saves money, but it makes government more relevant because it allows people to get content about the government in the formats that they want," added Herbert Jackson, the GPO's managing director of business products and services.
“It’s very important for the GPO to be in as many channels as possible,” Jackson added in a statement to GCN.com. “Our customer agencies have been coming to us and asking us for e-books.”
The GPO currently offers over 30 titles in electronic formats.
In other GPO news, the GPO recently awarded two contracts for the covers of the U.S. passport, which includes an embedded, secure electronic chip and antenna. Gemalto (News - Alert) and Infineon Technologies North America Corp. were given the contracts, TMCnet reported. The contracts will last up to five years.
The GPO has made over 80 million passports containing secure electronic features since they were introduced in 2005.
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Edited by Braden Becker