Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Free Books: manybooks.net

There are a number of locations for free books. Manybooks takes books from a number of sources and puts them into formats that a number of devices can use.

First of all, let's not get hung up on the issue of eBooks. eBooks would have been a good idea if the publishers had realized that the medium was best suited for textbooks -- instead of replacements for first edition fiction. eBook readers have had a number of significant problems. They can be heavy and awkward. Their expense definitely makes them something you would not want to drop in the bath tub or take to the beach.

What people often overlook with eBooks is that it allows you to have books available to your class at a moment's notice. If you want to assign a section out of A Tale of Two Cities to a class or 30 students, you can do so without concern if they can find the book. And you don't have to have an eBook reader. A regular computer usually works or you can print out the parts you want to use without having to break the spine of your book.

There are a number of eBook formats. eBook formats are actually interesting for class writing projects and other lengthy writing projects because they are specifically designed for books. The web is great for skimming information but it is not very good for reading a book.


manybooks.net - Free eBooks for your PDA: "Thousands of free ebooks, pre-formatted for reading on your PDA - eReader, PDF, Plucker, iSilo, Doc, or zTXT eBooks for your Palm, Pocket PC, Zaurus or Rocketbook!"

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