Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Websites Where You Can Get Free E-Books

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I was pleased to find the article Free E-books for Happy Patrons in Booklist Online's The Corner Shelf. In it, author Rebecca Vnuk shares some great online resources librarians and library patrons can use to access free ebooks.

The great thing about it is that you don't have to be a library patron or librarian to appreciate the following list:

InkMesh is a search engine that searches over 30 online sources for free e-books. You can search by title or author.

Project Gutenberg, the original site for free text online, offers more than 33,000 free books that play nicely with any e-reader platform. You’ll find mostly classics and public-domain works here. No registration is required, and the site is easy to use. A nice feature is their “bookshelves”—collections grouped by topic.

Baen Books, publisher of science fiction and fantasy, offers a number of their titles as free downloads. Established authors such as Eric Flint, Lois McMaster Bujold, Mercedes Lackey, and David Weber can be found here. There are currently 120 titles available, with new titles added every month. You can save e-books to your computer or send them directly to a Kindle.

The University of Pennsylvania Libraries Online Books page offers an index of hundreds of thousands of online books freely readable on the Internet.

Now that Kindle and Nook are open to file sharing, eBookFling offers users the chance to swap e-books for free with other readers nationwide while still retaining ownership. For every five books listed to loan out, users get one “credit” toward borrowing.

Library staff [and book reviewers] can try NetGalley, which offers free e-book galleys to any professional reader, featuring 30 categories from more than 60 publishers.

The Digital Reader  is a blog devoted to news, reviews, and opinions on everything e-book.

Ebookanoid  reviews e-readers, e-books, and the websites devoted to them.

- Compilation and Summaries by Rebecca Vnuk

So add these to your bookmarks!

I'm looking forward to checking out a few I haven't seen yet. Also, some authors, like Cory Doctorow, will let you download books for free, and for many authors, giving away free e-books is an essential marketing strategy. So that is something else to keep in mind.

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