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Libraries and Free Ebooks
thurs 11 nov 2010

Yay: of the five books I was reading this time last week, I've finished one, and am quite close to finishing two others!

Last week, after reading about my piles of unread books, one of my friends basically said, "Haven't you ever heard of a Library???"

ha! My town does have a decent library. A few too many users, tho... popular books have about 12 holds on them.

But you know what the real problem is?

The Library has too many free books.

On the non-fiction floor of our library, they group books by subject. So. When I go to pick out a specific book on such-and-such subject... I have to look at about 20 other books on exactly the same subject! How am I supposed to Not read them?

I had the same problem with Project Gutenberg. When I first discovered the site in 1997, I went through every single page of the index and downloaded every single book that interested me. I've got... 344 ebooks I want to read from Project Gutenberg.


Despite this, I highly, highly recommend Project Gutenberg!! I have read many books from them, on my handheld -- and I see they now have Kindle, Nook and cell phone files.

A few favorites...

  Charles Darwin
Voyage of the Beagle was my favorite, but I also loved On the Origin of Species and The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals. Also, I really want to read the first edition of Origin and re-read the sixth edition... to compare and contrast!

  Classic Fiction: Little Women, Pride and Prejudice, Withering Heights, Room With a View, Dracula

  Fantasy and Animal Fiction: Black Beauty, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, Old Mother West Wind, Wind in the Willows, The Jungle Book, Doctor Doolittle

Oh! and so many others!!

Check it out!!

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