Thursday, April 26, 2007

Thursday Thirteen #30

Thirteen Free ebook sources online:

1. Google Books

2. Project Gutenberg

3. Page By Page

4. International Public Library

5. The Professor Sites:
Philosophy Professor
Economics Professor
Politics Professor
Theology Professor
Sociology Professor
Arts Professor

These are all works in process and all but Philosophy Professor are fairly scanty in content at the moment but a look at Philosophy Professor will give you an idea of their potential. They all feature HTML formats of books in the public domain that are classics of the discipline and in conjunction there is a growing glossary of terms as well as biographies of the thinkers in the history of the discipline.

6. Classical Authors Library
these online HTML format books are hyperlinked throughout to terms in the Encyclopedia of the Self which is part of a course based on Abraham H. Maslow's theory of human motivation at Mark Zimmerman's Emotional Literacy Course

7. Read Print

8. World Public Library Association

9. Online Books Page

10. The Literature Network


Bartleby's features basic reference shelves, including dictionaries, thesaurus, quotations etc. But two of the most exciting things fetured here are a searchable Complete Works of Shakespeare and the entire 70 volume Harvard Classics shelf. One of the most exciting things I found here was the abridged version of Frazer's Golden Bough, an in depth look at world myths with a focus on common symbols and motifs.

12. Bibliomania

13. eBooks at Adelaide

Previously featured on Joystory:
Baen Free Library This is the only site featuring contemporary author's and their works online which I have found so far and I wish more publisher's would get on board with this philosophy. Be sure to read Eric Flint's essay about why Baen believes there is nothing contradictory about free access to books and making a profit.

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5 tell me a story:

Anonymous,  4/26/2007 1:32 PM  

Thanks for the great list. It sucks that so many libraries are cutting hours or shutting down!

Susan Helene Gottfried 4/26/2007 4:06 PM  

The free e-book download debate is really heating up. I'm all for it, on the premise of anything that gets people talking about you makes them spend more money in the the long run. But that's for fiction and we can get into that another time.

For research... I don't know. I mean, libraries loan books for free. What's the difference between a library and a website? Oh, yeah. The website doesn't usually have hours (or close, especially if business is good).

Happy TT!

Tink 4/27/2007 11:59 AM  

Yay, I'm very glad with this list! I love e-books, so thank you for sharing!
Thanks for visiting my TT too.

Anonymous,  4/27/2007 1:58 PM  

This is an awesome list Joy. I especially like the World Public Libary link. My book budget is very, very small so if I can at least read the classics for free I'm doing alright.

I wonder if the internet is what is affecting the libraries. I mean why go to the library when you can get the information you need without leaving your kitchen table?

Susan, I didn't know there was a problem with free ebooks. What exactly are the issues?

Rhian 4/27/2007 6:59 PM  

i think this is pretty cool I do extensive amounts of research online, using whatever, whereever i can find it and it doesn't effect my huge amount of online book buying (or bookstore lurking and buying) a bit.

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