Kaplan offering 100 free e-books through Apple Bookstore for limited time

Kaplan is offering 100 free e-books through iBooks, Apple’s e-reader for the iPad and the iPhone.

For those in the medical field, there are plenty of books to choose from. The e-books range from Kaplan USMLE step 1, 2, and 3, to novels about Intern life.

These books from Kaplan are usually $29.99 in other e-book formats. The deal is only valid in the Apple Bookstore, and lasts until August 30th.

Other categories of free e-books Kaplan is offering for a limited time include College (SAT prep), Graduate (GRE, MBA, MCAT), Law (PMBR), Nursing (CCRN), and Education (GRE, GMAT).

Although these e-books can be accessed on your iPhone, they are significantly easier to read on the iPad. Continue on to see how Kaplan’s USMLE step 3 Qbook looks on the iPad, including the annotating and highlighting functions.

Above are the medical listings offered for free under the current Kaplan deal – 19 full length textbooks.

One of the small things you notice about using iBooks is the detail Apple put into the e-reader experience – as the above picture shows. Just as you would with a normal book, you have the ability to “turn the page” partially to view the next page without ever leaving the page you’re on.

Overall the experience of reading Kaplan’s USMLE Step 3 Question bank was a pleasant one on the iPad. The ability to annotate on the iPad is crucial – especially in regards to a question bank. Highlighting and making notes on pages was extremely easy, and this type of functionality allows the e-book to truly replace the hard copy of the question bank.

Remember, these books will be free until August 30th – and a lack of an iPad shouldn’t dissuade you. If you’re thinking about getting an iPad later, as long as you download these books onto your iPhone or iPod Touch now, they will automatically sync onto your iPad at a later date without requiring a purchase.


Iltifat Husain, MD

Founder, Editor-in-Chief of iMedicalApps.com. Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine and Director of Mobile App curriculum at Wake Forest University School of Medicine. He is also the founder of iPrescribeApps, a platform for prescribing apps to patients. Dr. Husain has given lectures on digital medicine globally. He went to North Carolina State University for undergrad and went to medical school at Wake Forest School of Medicine.

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4 Responses to Kaplan offering 100 free e-books through Apple Bookstore for limited time

  1. Mick Kerr August 25, 2010 at 6:36 pm #

    for those wondering:
    you need to browse the bookstore through your ipad / iphone via the ibooks app. can’t access them through itunes, which would make sense.

    also, it seems to only be for american itunes account owners. so if you’re australian like me, make an american account, sign out of your aussie one, sign back into the new one, and download away.

    cheers for the heads up on the freebies 😀

  2. Ujwal246 August 25, 2010 at 9:24 pm #

    i love imedical apps…..now my ibooks is rocking…! Thanks a lot…….! i m freaked out…!

  3. Guest August 26, 2010 at 1:00 am #

    would you need a US based CC to set up an american itunes account?

    • Iltifat Husain September 3, 2010 at 8:43 pm #

      not sure on this one – google might have the answer to this one. although the deal has passed now, might be helpful to know for the future

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