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300 Free eBooks: Download Great Classics for Free

This collection features free e-books, mostly classics, that you can read on your computer, smart phone, or Kindle. It includes great works of fiction, non-fiction and poetry. To learn how to download these ebooks to your computer/mobile device, please visit our eBook Primer.

Assorted Texts

  • Baldwin, Frederick - Dear Monsieur Picasso – PDF
  • Boon, Marcus - In Praise of Copying – PDF
  • Steward, Brand – The Whole Earth Catalog – Read Online
  • Doctorow, Cory - I, Robot – Download
  • Doctorow, Cory – With a Little Help – Download
  • Kamenetz, Anya – The Edupunks’ Guide to a DIY Credential – Download
  • Lessig, Lawrence - The Future of Ideas – PDF
  • Lethem, Jonathan – The Empty Room – Read Online
  • Rucker, Rudy – The Ware Tetralogy – D0wnload
  • Scroggy, David – The Blade Runner Sketchbook: The Art of Syd Mead and Ridley Scott – Read Online

Courtesy: http://www.openculture.com/free_ebooks

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Poems by Rabindranath Tagore

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Ebooks outsell hardbacks at Amazon

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David Teather

It is an announcement that will provoke horror among those who can think of nothing better than spending an afternoon rummaging around a musty old bookshop. In what could be a watershed for the publishing industry, Amazon said sales of digital books have outstripped U.S. sales of hardbacks on its website for the first time.

Amazon claims to have sold 143 digital books for its e-reader, the Kindle, for every 100 hardback books over the past three months. The pace of change is also accelerating. Amazon said that in the most recent four weeks, the rate reached 180 ebooks for every 100 hardbacks sold. Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon, said sales of the Kindle and ebooks had reached a “tipping point”, with five authors including Steig Larsson, the writer of Girl with a Dragon Tattoo, and Stephenie Meyer, who penned the Twilight series, each selling more than 500,000 digital books. Earlier this month, Hachette said James Patterson had sold 1.1 million ebooks to date.

Neill Denny, editor-in-chief of the Bookseller, said the figures from Amazon were “eye-catching”, but added a note of scepticism. He said that while ebooks had outnumbered hardbacks in volume, they were likely to be some distance behind in value. Some of the bestsellers listed on the Kindle top 10 list were retailing for as little as $1.16. Free downloads of books no longer in copyright were excluded from the figures.

It does not appear that the growth of ebooks is damaging sales of physical books. According to the Association of American Publishers, hardback sales are still growing in the U.S., up 22 per cent this year.

The association says that ebook sales in the U.S. account for six per cent of the consumer book market. One publisher in London said the U.S. was “two or three years ahead of us. But there is no reason to suppose we won’t see the same thing happening here.”

Kate Pool, deputy general-secretary of the Royal Society of Authors, said most authors would be “delighted” to sell large numbers of digital books. “If you speak to most authors, they couldn’t bear to get rid of their old bookshelves, but if their readers want to read on an e-reader, then great. They are in it to earn a living after all.” The market is still relatively small in Britain. Digital sales were around £150 million last year, says the Publishers’ Association, over 80 per cent in the academic-professional sector, with only £5 million in consumer sales.

The Kindle has been available in the U.K. since October, although customers still need to visit the U.S. site and get the device delivered from America.

The books catalogue is also available only through the American site and the titles priced in dollars. A spokesman said there were 390,000 titles available for U.K. readers to download. The company will not release figures on the number of Kindles sold. “We are nowhere near the same level as the U.S.,” Denny added. “I have never seen anyone using a Kindle in Britain. The iPad is more interesting.” Amazon cut the price of its device in June in response to the launch of Apple’s iPad, which many believe could provide a substantial threat to the Kindle’s market. Waterstones has sold ebooks from its website for the Sony Reader since September 2008 and will sell its one-millionth title this year, a spokesman said.

Ms Pool said she had yet to invest in an ebook reader. “I have played around with one, but I haven’t read a full book on one. It is not that I am a Luddite, more of a scrooge, which I think is the same for many people. I am waiting for the price to come down, for the amount of content available to go up and I want to be sure I am not buying the wrong thing. I don’t want to be left with a Betamax when everyone else is watching VHS.”

 

© Guardian Newspapers Limited, 2010

Courtesy: The Hindu, http://www.thehindu.com/opinion/op-ed/article527066.ece

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100 Links to E-Books

Courtesy: http://www.onlinecourses.org/

 

You already know that the Internet is one of the most convenient, effective means of researching and finding information for your classes, but did you know that in some cases it can replace all of your hefty textbooks and reading assignments too? With ebooks, you can read, stream, and listen to lessons, classic literature, poetry and reference books on the Internet or your mobile device. Here are 100 useful links for ebook lovers.

Free

These ebooks are all free, so you can download as many as you want without having to set up a textbook budget.

  1. Gutenberg: Project Gutenberg was the first to supply free ebooks, and today they have almost 30,000 free titles in stock.
  2. Free-eBooks.net: Besides browsing topics like biography, fan fiction, games, history or tutorials, you can submit your own ebook, too.
  3. ManyBooks.net: You can conduct an advanced search, type in a title or author, browse categories or select books by language, from Finnish to Bulgarian to Catalan to Swedish.
  4. DailyLit: Get free downloads sent to your e-mail by RSS feed.
  5. iBiblio: Find archives, ebooks, tutorials, language books and more from iBiblio.
  6. Authorama: This public domain book site has a wide variety of ebooks for free, by Lewis Carroll, Emerson, Kafka, and more.
  7. askSam: Search free ebooks and archives in categories like literature, political, government reports, and legal and judicial.
  8. Bartleby: Whiel Bartleby charges for some titles, it has a free ebook store here.
  9. bibliomania: You will find over 2,000 classic texts from bibliomania, plus study guides, reference material and more.
  10. Baen Free Library: You can download ebooks for HTML, RTF, Microsoft Reader and for Palm, Psion and Window CE.
  11. eReader.com: eReader.com has many classic lit selections for free.
  12. Read Print Library: These novels, poems and poems are all free.
  13. Fictionwise: Fictionwise has plenty of fiction, plus nonfiction books, mobile downloads and audio files.
  14. ebook Directory: From children’s books to IT books to literature to reference, you’ll find lots of free titles and book packages here.
  15. Planet PDF: Planet PDF has made available classic titles like Anna Karenina and Frankenstein for free.
  16. Get Free Ebooks: This website has free ebooks in categories like from writing to environment to fiction to business, plus features and reviews.
  17. FreeBookSpot: Search by title, ISBN or author, or browse categories like Chinese, Geosciences, hardware, and others.
  18. Globusz: There are no limits on the number of free books you can download on this online publishing site.
  19. eBookLobby: You’ll find lost of self-help, hobby and reference books here, plus children’s fiction and more.
  20. Bookyards: This online "library to the world" has over 17,000 ebooks plus links to other digital libraries.
  21. The Online Books Page: You’ll be able to access over 35,000 free ebooks from this site, powered by the University of Pennsylvania.
  22. Starry.com: These novels and anthologies were last updated in 2006, but you’ll still find an interesting selection of online and virtual novels.

eBook Readers

Get reviews and product information for all kinds of ebook readers, including the Kindle.

  1. E-book Reader Matrix: This wiki makes it easy to compare ebook reader sizes, battery life, supported formats and other qualifications.
  2. Amazon Kindle: Learn about, shop, and discover titles for the Kindle here.
  3. Abacci eBooks: All the books here are for Microsoft Reader.
  4. eBook Reader Review: TopTenReviews lists reader reviews from 2009.
  5. List of e-book readers: Learn about all of the different e-book readers from Wikipedia.
  6. E-book readers at a glance: This guide reviews and compares the new, cool readers.
  7. Free iPhone ebook readers head-to-head: Reality Distortion ranks iPhone ebook readers.

About eBooks

These links will connect you to ebook news, new title releases and ereader information.

  1. TeleRead: This blog shares news stories about ebooks and digital libraries.
  2. MobileRead Forums: Learn about new ebook releases, clubs and readers.
  3. E-book News: Technology Today has made room for a whole section on e-book news.
  4. Ebook2u.com: Get the latest headlines about readers, troubleshooting, titles and more.
  5. eBook Authors: Get news and releases here.
  6. The eBook coach: Learn how to write a successful ebook.

Audio and Mobile

Get ebooks on your iPhone, iPod, BlackBerry, Palm or other mobile device.

  1. Feedbooks: You can download books for any mobile device here.
  2. Mobipocket: Find ebooks and an ebook reader for PCs, Smartphones, BlackBerry, Palm, Windows mobile and more.
  3. Stanza: If you want to read an ebook on your iPhone, use Stanza.
  4. Books in My Phone: Read ebooks on a java-enabled phone when you download them here. You can also manage a reading list.
  5. Barnes & Noble eBooks: Get NYT titles, new releases and more for your iPhone, BlackBerry or computer.
  6. MemoWare: Get literature, poetry, and reference books for your PDA.
  7. Audible.com: Here you can download books to your iPod or mp3 player.
  8. iTunes: iTunes has audiobooks for iPhones and iPods.
  9. LibriVox: Get free audio book files on this site, or volunteer to record your narration for other books.
  10. eReader.comMobile: Get the mobile-friendly version of eReader.com here.

Business and Education

Turn to these ebook lists and resources for help with classes and your career.

  1. Open Book Project: Students and teachers will find quality, free textbooks and materials here.
  2. BookBoon.com: Students can download free textbooks, from economics to biology to study abroad here.
  3. Digital Book Index: This site has over 140,000 titles, including textbooks and a pending American Studies collection.
  4. Classical Authors Directory: Get lesson plans, audio files, ebooks and more from authors like Washington Irving, Benjamin Franklin and Homer.
  5. The Literature Network: Find classics, from Balzac to Austen to Shakespeare, plus educational resources to go along with the plays, short stories and novels.
  6. Free-books.org: You can download lots of history and literature books and texts here.
  7. OnlineFreeEbooks.net: All kinds of business, hobby, education textbooks, and self-teaching books are available for free on this site.
  8. Free Ebooks and Software: Learn how to do your own taxes and more from the books here.
  9. The Franklin Free eBook Library: This is a great site for downloading classic literature and poetry, history books and texts, reference materials, and more.
  10. eLibrary Business Ebooks: Get emarketing, how-to, and other business ebooks here.
  11. Free Business eBooks: This guide has links to all kinds of free business ebooks.
  12. Data-Sheet: Data-Sheet finds ebook pdfs.
  13. Pdfgeni.com: Type into the search box the type of book you want to read, like business education or vampire fiction.
  14. Ebook Search Engine: Simply type in your search and choose to have results displayed as PDFs or Word documents.
  15. PDFse: Look for ebooks, especially in science, reference and education, here.
  16. Ebook Engine: This engine brings up free ebooks.
  17. eBook Search Queen: You can search ebooks by country here.
  18. ebookse.com: Browse by category or type your search into the box to bring up your query.
  19. Addebook: Free Ebook Search Engine: This tool is Google’s ebook search engine.
  20. Boocu: Boocu can pull up thousands of ebooks and digital resources.

Twitter

Keep up with ebook news, new titles, ereaders, and more by following these Twitter feeds.

  1. @AnEbookReader: Get tech reviews, accessories news and more for ereaders and ebooks.
  2. LibreDigital: This company helps people find what they want to read and watch, on any medium.
  3. @e_reading: This feed comments on Kindle news and more.
  4. @RogerSPress: Roger publishes ebooks and has been reading them for 10 years already.
  5. @DigiBookWorld: Read about the latest trends in digital publishing.
  6. @ebooksstore: Follow @ebooksstore for interesting ebook news and releases.
  7. @ebookvine: This feed is all about Kindle.
  8. @vooktv: Now you can watch books on high-quality video online.
  9. @ebooklibrary: This is a feed for anyone who wants to learn more about free ebooks.
  10. @ericrumsey: Eric is a librarian who loves ebooks, his iPhone and the Internet.
  11. @namenick: Nick Name is an ebook addict and mobile fiction writer.
  12. @KindleZen: Get the latest in Kindle news and hacks.

Tech eBooks

Get programming, design and other tech assistance when you head to these ebook resources.

  1. FreeComputerBooks.com: Find magazines and IT books for reference and general interest.
  2. OnlineComputerBooks.com: Find free computer ebooks on networking, MySQL, Python, PHP, C++ and more.
  3. KnowFree.net: KnowFree has mostly tech books for download, plus some business titles.
  4. FreeTechBooks.com: This site has downloads in categories like artificial intelligence, functional programming and parallel computing.
  5. Zillr: From graphics to Linux to Office to Cisco, you’ll find all kinds of computer and tech books here.
  6. Tech Books for Free: From the web to computer programming to science, you’ll find all sorts of tech ebooks here.

Poetry

Find poetry ebooks and collections here.

  1. everypoet.com: Read classic poetry on this site.
  2. Greatest Poems: Here you will find a collection of 365 of the greatest poems ever written.
  3. PoemHunter.com: Download poems in PDF format here.
  4. Poetry: You’ll find poetry ebooks for download on this site.

Kids

Share these interactive ebook resources with young students.

  1. International Children’s Digital Library: The ICDL is a colorful site devoted to children’s ebooks.
  2. ebook88: On this site, there’s a Christmas Bookshelf, and plenty of other kids’ ebook links.
  3. Children’s Storybooks Online: Find kids’ storybooks, home schooling materials, and more.
  4. Tumble Books: This Tumble BookLibrary features fun, animated, talking picture books.
  5. Raz-Kids.com: This is another interactive kids’ book site that helps kids learn to read.
  6. Children’s Books Online: the Rosetta Project, Inc.: Here you’ll find loads of books and translations for kids.
  7. Read.gov: From children’s classics to in-progress digital books, Read.gov has excellent ebook resources.
  8. Storyline Online: The Screen Actors Guild Foundation presents Storyline Online with streaming videos of actors reading children’s books.

Miscellaneous

From social networking and ebooks to bundles of books, turn here.

  1. Scribd: This ebook finder and social network shares what people are currently reading, and lets you upload your own book.
  2. Diesel: Diesel has 500,000 ebook store downloads, including custom bundles, mobile downloads and some free titles.
  3. eBooks.com: Get NYT bestsellers for $9.99 each, plus all kinds of academic ebooks, non-fiction and more.

 

Courtesy: http://www.onlinecourses.org/

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New E-books

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 by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

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Metamorphosis.txt

by Franz Kafka

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New E-books

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Pride and Prejudice

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Jane Austin

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Homer

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My Experiments with Truth

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Read online

Theory of Relativity

 

Tom Sawyer

Alice in wonderland

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For more E-Books, visit

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