By now, most of you know about the eBooks you can download from Denver Public Library, but do you know about other places you can go to get free eBooks for your Nook, Kindle or other eReader? There are many sites out there that have taken books out of their copyright and digitized them for public consumption. They are free, and you never have to return them.
Because most of these titles are outside of copyright, you are not looking at current best sellers. But if you want to get your Shakespeare or Austen on, you've come to the right place. I have actually found a few surprises in some of the catalogs, including some Kurt Vonnegut, P.G. Wodehouse, and Cory Doctorow! All great (fairly) recent authors.
Project Gutenberg is the first and most obvious site out there. At this point, they have well over 36,000 titles available for download. And all of it is for free! They do accept volunteer help and donations, but if you want to get a bunch of books on your Kindle right now, you don't have to pay anything. I ask you, what better price is there?
Once you've been to Project Gutenberg a few times and browsed around a bit, you might be interested in getting some suggestions of what to download for the future. Scroll down the home page and you can find links to recently uploaded eBooks to see what's new in the collection and the Top 100 eBooks and authors downloaded in the last day, week and month. The best recommendation to me is what other people are willing to put on their devices.
Another great resource out there is Many Books. While Many Books has a lot of duplication from Project Gutenberg, it does have some great reviews of eReaders out there. If you don't already have an eReader, or you were thinking of getting one for someone as a gift, they have some great recommendations and thorough reviews.
Feedbooks is another site with some duplicates of Project Gutenberg materials, but it also has a section of original works. This means you have access to all the people's writing before they get published! This does mean that you can't guarantee the quality of the titles you are downloading, but there are some books out there that make me question publishers' judgment anyway... Take a look you might find an undiscovered author!
If you like looking thru original works, take a gander at Bookrix.com. This site is all self-published titles by new authors. If you scroll to the sitemap at the bottom of the page, there is a link for the top rated books on the site. This will help you find some gems!
Audio books are my favorite, far and away. I think we have lost connection with our oral tradition and I feel like audio books are the best way out there to reconnect with that part of our brains. If you are an audio book addict like me, check out Librivox.org, the audio book counterpart to Project Gutenberg. You can find some great titles here to download for keeps (if you wanna) or to give to a friend.
Enjoy all the free stuff life has to offer, including great literature! I hope these resources help.
What other resources have you discovered out there?
What about the Baen Free Library? --Lots of interest for readers of science fiction.
THE LATEST MUST HAVE GADGET!
The "BOOK" is a revolutionary breakthrough in technology: no wires, no electric circuits, no batteries, nothing to be connected or switched on. It's so easy to use even a child can operate it. Just lift its cover! Compact and portable, it can be used anywhere, even sitting in an armchair by the fire yet it is powerful enough to hold as much information as a CD-ROM disc.
• Each BOOK is constructed of sequentially numbered sheets of paper (recyclable), each capable of holding thousands of bits of information.
• These pages are locked together with a custom-fit device called a binder which keeps the sheets in their correct sequence.
• Opaque Paper Technology (OPT) allows manufacturers to use both sides of the sheet, doubling the information density and cutting costs in half.
• Experts are divided on the prospects for further increases in information density; for now BOOKs with more information simply use more pages. This makes them thicker and harder to carry, and has drawn some criticism from the mobile computing crowd.
• Each sheet is scanned optically, registering information directly into your brain.
• A flick of the finger takes you to the next sheet.
• The BOOK may be taken up at any time and used by merely opening it.
• The BOOK never crashes and never needs rebooting, though like other display devices it can become unusable if dropped in water
• The "browse" feature allows you to move instantly to any sheet, and move forward or backward as you wish.
• Many come with an "index" feature, which pinpoints the exact location of any selected information for instant retrieval.
An optional "BOOKmark" accessory allows you to open the BOOK to the exact place you left it in a previous session even if the BOOK has been closed. BOOKmarks fit universal design standards; thus, a single BOOKmark can be used in BOOKs by various manufacturers.
Conversely, numerous bookmarkers can be used in a single BOOK if the user wants to store numerous views at once. The number is limited only by the number of pages in the BOOK.
The media is ideal for long-term archive use. Several field trials have proven that the media will still be readable in several centuries, and because of its simple user interface it will be compatible with future reading devices.
You can also make personal notes next to BOOK text entries with an optional programming tool, the Portable Erasable Nib Cryptic Intercommunication Language Stylus (Pencils).
Portable, durable, and affordable, the BOOK is being hailed as the entertainment wave of the future. The BOOK's appeal seems so certain that thousands of content creators have committed to the platform.
The details of this ‘latest must have gadget’ was found at Bookbarn International: who are at the forefront of this technology and already have an amazing collection of BOOKS; for a small fee you can even take BOOKS home with you today!
April 2010 we started http:www//freeliterature.org.
Non-profit organization to support free e-literature in general by linking to more than 600 sites worldwide in many languages - and Project Gutenberg in particular by producing e-books.
Enjoy! and consider helping out with the digitizing?