Originally Posted by starrigger
That's...weird. Since the Touch is basically an enhanced iPod (yes?), doesn't it connect to your computer to copy music files from iTunes? If it can do that, I don't see why it would be such a big step to copy ebook files, even just using Windows Explorer.
It does connect to the computer to copy music and video files, doesn't it?
This is just a symptom of Apple's paranoia and inability to give up control. They could allow users to upload items directly to the device, but then there would be the possibility that you would load applications that weren't purchased directly from them. (The Horror!) Right now they have the ability to turn off all other bookstores and restrict you to their own bookstore. In any case, it isn't difficult to add books for eReader, Stanza, or Bookshelf.
eReader allows uploads directly to your online library or you can access your books through your local wi-fi network.
Bookshelf uses a java application on the bookshelf web site to load books directly from your computer.