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Archive for March, 2011

New Book Review — Joystick Nation

Posted by Lindsey Batdorf on March 30, 2011

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The God Of Small Things – Book Review

Posted by javieraparente on March 25, 2011

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Movie Review: JC Leyendecker

Posted by sdsherman on March 14, 2011

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Free eBooks? Where?

Posted by artlikeart on March 9, 2011

Oh, have I stumbled on some good stuff for people who like to read! And it’s free!

You probably already knew about Project Gutenberg which is a free e-book and audio book website listed on our library’s Find Books page. You might even know about Project Gutenberg’s partner site, LibriVox, a site of free public domain audio books. Want to read Sun Tzu’s Art of War and listen to it at the same time? Now you can! For free! Have you ever read Voltaire’s Candide? No? You should sometime-it’s hilarious. And free! Have a craving to hear a *dramatic* reading of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland? Or even a craving to read it, abridged or unabridged. This, too, can be done-for free!

Another e-book site that I’ve found recently is Feedbooks. Not everything is for free on this site but they do have a nice amount of public domain free books. You can find free copies of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, H.P. Lovecraft’s The Call of Cthulhu and other books worth looking at.

I’ve also discovered yet another e-book site which also has the potential to be really cool. Manybooks is another affiliate of Project Gutenberg claiming to have more than 29,000 titles. All of these are free for download to your laptop, iPad, Kindle, Android, iPhone, Blackberry, or other portable eReader devices.

The reason many books are available for free through sites like Project Gutenberg or Manybooks is because they are public domain materials, whose copyright protection expired long ago. But not all books on Manybooks are in the public domain. Some are newer, recently published books. How can that be, you ask?

So, here’s the neat thing about Manybooks… they take e-book submissions! There are some guidelines, of course. First, your book has to be available for free. Then you must either hold the copyright to the work or else the content must be in the public domain. Manybooks favors work licensed through the Creative Commons. And don’t we love Creative Commons? Yes we do!

So, if you’ve slaved away at that sci-fi novella in your dorm room in the wee hours, maybe you have a shot at publishing it. Give it away for free and build that fan base! Christopher Paolini started writing Eragon when he was 15. He self-published that first book. Look at what happened to that lucky boy!

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