This page will collect book sites, books (preferably mostly free), audiobooks and e-books.

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Create and upload books

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Book searches:

 

Book tools:
Allows you to collect books, make/read reviews, create groups and embed widgets in your site/blog …..and more…..

Book sites:

  • Project Gutenburg
    There are over 28,000 free books in the Project Gutenberg Online Book Catalog. A grand total of over 100,000 titles are available at Project Gutenberg Partners, Affiliates and Resources.
  • Bookglutton www.bookglutton.com
    BookGlutton is a free resource that lets you read books on the web, digitally annotate them and interact with other readers in real-time. You can chat with users on different chapters, leave and reply to comments within the text and bookmark your place in the book.
    Source and reviews: Makeuseof
  • ICDL- International children’s digital library
    A digital library of outstanding children’s books from around the world
  • Wikibooks
    Wikibooks is a community for creating a free library of educational textbooks that anyone can edit. It  includes over 37,555 pages of books
  • Manybooks.net
    Browse through the most popular titles, recommendations, or recent reviews from readers. Perhaps you’ll find something interesting in the special collections. There are 23,932 eBooks available here and they’re all free! You can download it in many formats
  • E-books directory
    1865 free e-books in 392 categories
  • The National Academies press
    Some of the books are free.
  • dList (Digital library of infomation sience and technology)
    Quite academic
  • Globusz.com
    A community site for writers and publishers. All the book are free for download.
  • Dailylit.com
    Receive a book in your inbox daily. There are short stories and staff picks with a nice tag cloud to get you to where you want to be quickly. Quite a few good free books with reader reviews.
  • Open Library: One web page for every book ever published. Have apparently gathered about 30 million records (20 million are available through the site now), and more are on the way. They have built the database infrastructure and the wiki interface, and you can search millions of book records, narrow results by facet, and search across the full text of 1 million scanned books.
  • Readprint.com
    Over 8,000 books by 3,500 famous authors at your fingertips!
  • Fullbooks.com
    Lots of free books here. Seemingly captured on webpages.
  • Biguniverse.com
    Some free illustrated childrens books (some paid for) It also has an editor to create your own books and review facilities. You can bowse by age.
  • Wowio.com (Free books and free minds)
    Most books are free to read online with a small fee for pdf downloads
  • Local South African History ebook site
  • Bookboon.com
    Download free books for students and travelers in PDF format. All the books can be downloaded without registration. The ebooks are legal and written exclusively for Bookboon. They are financed by a few in-book ads. There is also a facebook application for the books.
  • The Online Books: Over 35000 online books to read!!!!
  • RSC-Northwest e-Book Library This library has great resource books and tutorials on anything from authoring of web based tests, to using audacity, to basic numeracy….a really fab selection of visually stimulating book like interfaces. You can download it as exe files (some gave me hassles and showed up as trojans but was fine or you can download the actual reader to view it with
  • EPubbooks.com provides a selection of high quality, free ePub eBooks, for everyone to read. It is decvided into sections for easy reference: Books, authors, genres and ereaders. You will need an ebookreader to read them but just see the ereader page or if you use a Firefox browser you can download the extension and read it straight in your browser
  • Planet e-book: Collection of classic novels
  • Science books online: Science Books Online lists free science e-books, textbooks, lecture notes, monographs, and other science related documents. All texts are available for free reading online, or for downloading in various formats.
  • Freebook-s: Free Books was established to make finding an free ebook on the internet alot easier and 100% more effective.
  • Bookserver: The BookServer is a growing open architecture for vending and lending digital books over the Internet. Built on open catalog and open book formats, the BookServer model allows a wide network of publishers, booksellers, libraries, and even authors to make their catalogs of books available directly to readers through their laptops, phones, netbooks, or dedicated reading devices. BookServer facilitates pay transactions, borrowing books from libraries, and downloading free, publicly accessible books.
  • Wikipedia book portal: A portal that organised wikipedia’s book related pages
  • Online books page: Includes more than 35,000 English works in various formats. All books should be free for personal, noncommercial use. You can browse by Author and Title, New Listings, Author, Title, Subject, serial archives.
  • Pixel of Ink: Features daily publishing of free and bargain ebooks  
  • Manybooks.net : Browse through the most popular titles, recommendations, or recent reviews from our visitors. Perhaps you’ll find something interesting in the special collections. There are more than 29,000 eBooks available for Kindle, Nook, iPad and most other eReaders, and they’re all free! If you still can’t decide what to read you might want to browse through some covers to see what strikes your fancy. Or try the Recent Additionsto the library, with genre filter.

Audio books:

  • Librivox: “LibriVox volunteers record chapters of books in the public domain and release the audio files back onto the net. Our goal is to make all public domain books available as free audio books.” Get your learners involved!
  • Speakaboos : A lovely site where childen can listen to stories, fables, fairy tales, nursary rhymes, folk tales and songs
  • Lit2Go
    Lit2Go offers free audiobooks of classic literature, courtesy of Florida’s Educational Technology Clearinghouse. It also includes PDF files of the text, as well as classroom support materials.
  • Audio Book Treasury
  • The Story Home: is a collection of classic and original children’s audio stories.  Every other week a new story is added by storyteller Alan.  All audio stories are FREE!!  The stories can be listened to right from The Story Home website or by subscribing to The Story Home on iTunes.
  • Interactive fables (ebooks)
  • Readprint.com: Free online books library for students, teachers, and the classic enthusiast. Thousands of novels, poems, stories.

Uploading/creating books and documents

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5 Responses to “Books”


  1. […] to investigate some book options and am busy making a listing of all free e-book sites for the new librarians blog. I could not believe the variety and depth of free e-book collections from all over the internet. […]

  2. D. M. Crane Says:

    I got a kindle because I like to read. PERIOD. I like to read whenever I have a moment and I like to take books with me on the go. I am always reading more than one book (many more) at a time. So, I wanted mobility and options. People have all of these comments about backlighting, PDFs, MP3s, etc. I wanted a way to read books and this is what Amazon gave me. I wasn’t looking for a replacement for my iPod, iPhone, and MacBook!

    Kindle is very mobile and I think that the number of titles is pretty impressive. I have even found titles I did not expect to see because I would think the audience for that particular book would be small. Yes, as one commenter stated, the contrast is less black on white than I expected but I actually think that helps me not get as eye-fatigued. Yes, as another commented, you have to click to turn the page and there is a clicking noise. It is a soft click not unlike hitting a key in typing and not bothersome in the least. As another commented, it does seem that I click to turn the page more often than I would turn a paper page because of the size of the Kindle screen but, when I’m really into the book, I do not notice or think about this at all.

    I have found the easy download of new books to be almost TOO easy because I could easily have a shopping frenzy and “over purchase” books! I love having the dictionary at a click. I turn off my wireless connection and can read for DAYS without having to re-charge. I can carry more than one thousand books on the kindle and I can store even more into an archive hosted by Amazon. Putting books in archive and pulling them back to the Kindle is easy and fast; so really it’s as if I can carry an endless number of books. The lack of page numbers doesn’t bother me in the least because there is a “percentage read” bar at the bottom so that I know exactly where I am in the book; if I think I’ll want to come back to a particular place, I can mark it with a few clicks. The ability to go to Wikipedia is icing on the cake!

    I could not be happier with my purchase. The DX would have been too big for me to stick in my purse and so I’m really happy I got the smaller Kindle 2. Paper books are wonderful and I will continue to have plenty of those around I’m sure, but for people who love to read a bunch of books simultaneously while traveling or on the go, you simply cannot beat the Kindle.


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