Lori's Book Nook

Free e-books!

Posted on: July 14, 2006

For another couple of weeks, the World eBook Fair is allowing free access to their collections, celebrating the beginning of the Internet online library:

July 4th to August 4, 2006 marks a month long celebration of the 35th anniversary of the first step taken towards today’s eBooks, when the United States Declaration of Independence was the first file placed online for downloading in what was destined to be an electronic library of the Internet. Today’s eBook library has a total of over 100 languages represented.

A lot of these books are actually available through Project Gutenberg, at least the ones the average person is going to want, so look for the ones that aren’t available for free elsewhere. Links to audio books, video archives…and the Children’s eBook Collection which is scans of original books — very cool.

8 Responses to "Free e-books!"

I know bloggers aren’t subjected to the same standards as a mere mortal, I know you thanked me privatly but it still pisses me OFF!

add an “e” for me in privately if you can. (see what happens when you get pissed off kids)

Apologies, Lyd. Public thank you for pointed this link out to me. 🙂

Accepted, thanks! Grin back at you.

Lori, I have a silly question. If you read any book from Gutenberg on computer screen, what software did you use for reading? I tried MS Word and Notepad? But neither proved efficient when reading a whole book.

Ahmad, to tell you the truth, I find reading on-screen to be utterly annoying. I’ve tried it with a short book, just as an experiment.

Anyway — MS Word would be best, ’cause then you’re not reading in Courier font, on Notepad, which is hard on the eyes/mind. Nicely formatted books in pdf are great, read with Adobe Acrobat Reader.

Yes, I had tried readin on screen, but after a few pages, this gets to be very tyring, and reading a book on screen does not seem to be much fun. If I read a printed book, I like to take a more comfortable position, and trying to read off my laptop’s screen didn’t really work either. I’ve started to listen to audiobooks instead. That let’s me relax and dive deep into the text…. sometimes too deep and I nap off… 🙂

Rolf — have you seen my posts on audio? I’m a fan as well — but it’s all dependent on the quality of the reader. I notice you have a service site. I’ll take a good browse of it…maybe give it a review.


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