Self-publishing service Smashwords, Smashwords, a site where writers can publish their own e-books, as signed a distribution deal with Apple to put its books into the iPad iBookstore.

This means that “unpublished authors can sell their work on the Apple iPad at virtually no cost,” according to “DigitalBeat” ( To get books on the Apple store by launch day, Smashwords authors have to have their works submitted to Smashwords’ premium catalog by March 31. The book has to be in the EPUB format and have a big cover image.

The iPad will come with an iBookstore app. will feature books from major and independent publishers. The free iBooks app lets you buy books from the iBookstore. Once you’ve bought a book, it’s displayed on your Bookshelf. Just tap it to start reading.