10 Sources for Free Textbooks Online

September 3rd, 2010 · Comments Off

The Curriki blog has a nice post highlighting 10 sources for free textbooks online.  In addition to Curriki’s own site, they link to bookboon, flatworld knowledge, ck 12, open culture, Project Gutenberg, and others.

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Articles of Interest

September 2nd, 2010 · Comments Off

iPad, Kindle, Nook or Sony? What is the best e-book reader? Ebooks: The $100 Sweet Spot has been Reached Another Press Stops Publishing – Inside Higher Ed Project Gutenberg: Timeline Events Moving Tales: Do Animated eBooks Have a Future? Sony takes on Kindle with next-gen e-readers – CNET News Espresso Book Machine Spreads to Bookstores […]

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Articles of Interest

August 20th, 2010 · Comments Off

I can tell that fall is in the air, nearly every article on my list this week has to do with eTextbooks.  Other good ones are there too, check them out.  Happy reading. Robert Boissy of Springer on the Future of Ebooks and Libraries An iPad book for the deaf The State of the E-Textbook […]

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Get Your Gutenberg in Your OverDrive

August 10th, 2010 · Comments Off

Last Friday, the Boston Public Library added 15,000 Project Gutenberg books to it’s virtual library, supported by OverDrive.  This new project between OverDrive and Project Gutenberg is currently in beta and allows libraries to provide access to these public domain titles at no charge.  The titles are DRM free EPub books and users will not […]

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Tags: Discovery · EPUB · Formats · Interfaces/Platforms · Press Releases · Public Libraries · School Libraries · Vendor News

New Book About eBooks in Libraries – Release in August

August 2nd, 2010 · 2 Comments

I’m thrilled to inform you that No Shelf Required: E-books in Libraries will be released in late August.  This edited book, published by ALA Editions, discusses a variety of eBook topics for school, public, and academic libraries.  Since I have a bit of clout with the publisher, I’m able to release the TOC and introduction […]

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World eBook Fair in Full Swing

July 7th, 2010 · 1 Comment

The World eBook Fair, sponsored by Project Gutenberg, Internet Archive , World Public Library, and a multitude of others is in full swing, now until August 4th.  This is the 5th annual fair, with over 3.5 million free PDF eBooks available for download. Access is free for one month, after which users are encouraged to […]

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50 Benefits of eBooks

September 18th, 2009 · 1 Comment

Michael Pastore of Zorba Press has released a revised edition of his benefits of eBooks title.  The new title – 50 Benefits of Ebooks – is available now in .pdf form and soon in EPUB and paperback for the very small price of $2.00. I like benefit #13 – Ebooks Are Cheaper to Buy In […]

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eBook Fair – 2 million free eBooks

July 6th, 2009 · Comments Off

The World eBook Fair runs from July 4th to August 4th, 2009.  The goal of the fair is to provide FREE public access to 2 million eBooks for one month.  Sponsors include Project Gutenberg, World Public Library, Ask.com, Internet Archive, and more. After the fair, readers may continue to access about 1/2 million ebooks for […]

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Sony Adds Half a Million Public Domain Google Books to Reader

March 19th, 2009 · 2 Comments

From the wired.com blog Sony Adds Half a Million Public Domain Google Books to Reader By Charlie Sorrel March 19, 2009 | 5:36:39 AMCategories: Books Sony has inked (e-inked?) a deal with Google to bring half a million public domain books to its Reader e-book device, but surprise! Being a Sony service it looks to […]

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Project Gutenberg Over 32,000 Strong

January 9th, 2009 · Comments Off

In the 2008 Project Gutenberg Year in Review, it is reported that during 2008 they surpassed 32,000 original Project Gutenberg eBooks.  “This now means that the original Project Gutenberg editions now list as many book titles as your average U.S. public library,” says Mike Cook.  Additional statistics on the project can be found in the […]

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