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Happy Birthday Dear Gutenberg...

August 2, 2011 | Niki | Comments (0)

2658Last month marked the 40th anniversary of the e-book. According to most accounts, July 4, 1971 is the date Project Gutenberg founder, Michael Hart, first digitized the US Declaration of Independence.  I was at a conference a few months back when one of the presenters briefly mentioned a few sites from which we could download free EPUBs for personal use and Project Gutenberg still led the way. This is a wonderful site for biliophiles looking for free books. (He also stated that Google Books was not one of these sites but I will leave you to check that out.)

Another great site mentioned is the Internet Archive. The Internet Archive  contains a wide range of fiction, popular books, children's books, historical texts and academic books. These can be accessed through OpenLibrary.org, a site where it’s already possible to read over 1 million eBooks without restriction.  These are available in many formats as well as  EPUB and Daisy and are linked to WorldCat if the physical copy is needed.

067172066X Other interesting EPUB sources include: 

Manybooks.net:  Many of these books are from Gutenberg but there are other public domain and creative commons works.

epubbooks.com: There has been some concerns about the formatting of some of Gutenberg's texts.  This site re-formats texts into industry standard EPUB ebook format.

feedbooks.com: most books on this site are for sale.  They do have, however, Free Original Books which includes Fan Fiction, Romance and Obnoxious Librarian from Hades

baen.com: coAdflesntains the Baen Free Library of science fiction.  The publisher gives a detailed explanation of why some of the books are free.

munseys.com:  This site offers a wide range of free e-books.  It is  affiliated with Project Gutenberg.  Amazing collection of Pulp Fiction.

Chapters:  yes, you heard me right.  Simply go to their Ebooks, chose your genre and sort by price.  All the free items will be listed first. Good for Romance.

Of course you can just Google "free EPUB" and see what you can find.  Many Universities (Hathi) and other web sites have free books in EPUB.  If all fails and you just have to drag around the latest revision of the TPL Policy to read on the bus try a converter like  2EPUB and take your PDF files in EPUB format on your reader.

 

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