eBook Related

Anchor Link E-bookupdate
Information Only Last Reviewed: 2013-05-15
Site Last Modified: 2013-05-15
“An e-book (short for electronic book and also known as a digital book, ebook, and eBook) is an e-text that forms the digital media equivalent of a conventional printed book, sometimes restricted with a digital rights management system. An e-book, as defined by the Oxford Dictionary of English, is ‘an electronic version of a printed book which can be read on a personal computer or hand-held device designed specifically for this purpose’. E-books are usually read on dedicated hardware devices known as e-Readers or e-book devices. Personal computers and some cell phones can also be used to read e-books.”
[ Note: This site is frequently updated. Therefore all of the information here is only as accurate as the last date we reviewed the site. Ed. ]
Anchor Link Baen Free Library
License: Free Last Reviewed: 2010-12-30
“Baen Books is now making available — for free — a number of its titles in electronic format. We’re calling it the Baen Free Library. Anyone who wishes can read these titles online — no conditions, no strings attached. (Later we may ask for an extremely simple, name and email only, registration.) Or, if you prefer, you can download the books in one of several formats. Again, with no conditions or strings attached. (URLs to sites which offer the readers for these format are also listed.)”
Anchor Link BarnesNoble eReader
License: Freeware Last Reviewed: 2010-12-30
Available for iPad, iPhone, Android, PC
“Just install the eReader and sign into your BN account — it takes less than a minute. Then start enjoying these great features:
• Shop more than a million eBooks, newspapers and magazines from BN.com
• Free samples of every book we sell so you can try before you buy
• Automatic downloads of your latest Barnes & Noble eBook purchases and samples
• Access to download eBooks from your Online Library anytime
• Exclusive LendMeM technology lets you share eBooks with friends
• Bookmarks, note taking & highlight functionality
• Portrait or landscape display modes on supported devices
• Easy display control: change font sizes and margins
• Syncs last page read, notes, and highlights with the new BN eReader for iPad and the forthcoming updates to the BN eReader for iPhone and iPod touch
“Sign in or create a BN.com account and you’ll also get a number of FREE classic titles and samples of new bestselling books waiting for you in your Online Library.”
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Anchor Link Calibreupdate
License: Freeware – Open Source Last Reviewed: 2013-05-11
Version: 0.9.30 – Released: 2013-05-09 Windows: XP, Vista, 7, 8
File Size: 50.5 MB Portable versions available on-site
Both 32- and 64-bit versions
“Calibre is an open source e-book library management application that enables you to manage your e-book collection, convert e-books between different formats, synchronize with popular e-book reader devices, and read your e-books with the include viewer. You can sort you books by author, title, date and other details, download meta information and book covers, add personal tags and comments, and view your image in a cover flow display. Calibre supports all popular e-book formats enables you to convert your books to different formats, using advanced conversion techniques to maintain the structure of the e-book. The program also offers extensive support for synchronizing of e-books with popular devices, such as Kindle, Sony Reader, Nook, and many others.”
Anchor Link eBookMall
Freeware and Retail Last Reviewed: 2010-12-30
“How do I order eBooks?
1. Determine which eBook format you should be using.
2. If necessary, install the reader software for that format.
3. Browse our eBook selection and find an eBook that you’d like to own.
4. Add the eBook to your basket, then follow the easy order process to purchase the eBook.
5. Download the eBook directly from your Invoice Page. (Or, if you’ve ordered an Email Delivery eBook, it will be emailed to you.)
6. If you have any questions, visit our Help Desk.”
Anchor Link e-books Australia
Information Only Last Reviewed: 2013-05-01
Site Last Modified: May 2013
“Many books in the public domain may be freely accessed here, as well as some other books under specified conditions. However we cannot offer access to any copyrighted titles unless the publisher or copyright owner has so permitted.
“Also: Some sites may give you pop-up ads or other unexpected intrusions. Readers should use their own discretion about opening pop-ups. Note that some browser settings or software will suppress them for you if desired.”
Anchor Link E-Books Directoryupdate
License: Free Last Reviewed: 2013-05-15
Site Last Modified: 2013-05-15
“E-Books Directory is a free web resource which contains links to free downloadable e-books, technical papers, documents, as well as user contributed content, articles, reviews and comments. E-Books Directory is a service to students, researchers and e-book lovers.
“E-Books Directory is a daily growing list of freely downloadable ebooks, documents and lecture notes found all over the internet. You can submit and promote your own ebooks, add comments on already posted books or just browse through the directory below and download anything you need.”
[ Note: It appears that this site is very frequently updated. Therefore all of the information here is only as accurate as the last date we reviewed the site. Ed. ]
Anchor Link Free Books Online
Information Only Last Reviewed: 2013-04-23
Last Updated: 2013-04-18
“This is a listing of 783 sites that legally offer free books (eBooks) for download or for online viewing.
“Some time ago I went looking for some free eBooks and was surprised to find that there are many resources for this. I decided to put together this list of sites that offer free eBooks as a reference. Since there are so many, I was not able to check each one out thoroughly. So comments from you on any of these sites would be appreciated and added to the comments in the article.
“The listing here is in alphabetical order. Given the size of this list now, it may be easier to search by genre. I have set up 17 pages here of different genres. If you do not see one that covers your interests, let me know and I may be able to put one together.”
Anchor Link FreeTechBooks
License: Free Online Last Reviewed: 2010-12-30
Updated frequently
“This site lists free online computer science, engineering and programming books, textbooks and lecture notes, all of which are legally and freely available over the Internet. Throughout this site, other terms may be used to refer to a book, such as: ebook, text, document, monogram or notes.
“What’s the Catch?
None. All the books listed in this site are freely available, as they are hosted on websites that belong to the authors or the publishers.”
Anchor Link GooReader
License: Ad-supported or $19.95 Last Reviewed: 2012-10-20
Version: 4.5.0 – Released: 2012-10-19 Windows: XP, Vista, 7
File Size: 18.1 MB Requires: .NET Framework 4
Both 32- and 64-bit compatible
“GooReader provides a desktop interface for searching and reading publicly available books and magazines on Google Books. You can search for books by title, author or BookID and the results are presented on a 3D virtual book shelf from where you can open the books and read them with the integrated eBook reader that offers page flipping, zooming and full-screen reading. A paid version is also available which allows you to export eBooks to PDF format.”
Anchor Link ManyBooks
License: Free Last Reviewed: 2012-03-02
Frequently Updated
“The eBooks are FREE at 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 28,000 eBooks available here 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.”
Anchor Link Microsoft Reader
License: Freeware Last Reviewed: 2013-02-28
Version: 2.1.1 – Released: 2007-02-23 Windows: 98, NT4, Me, 2000, XP
File Size: 3.6 MB Requires: Internet Explorer
“Download Microsoft Reader today and you’ll instantly enjoy the freedom of reading any of the thousands of available Microsoft Reader eBooks on an unmatched variety of devices! Microsoft Reader is compatible with most Windows-based PCs and laptops. With Microsoft Reader for desktop and laptop computers you get:
¤ Remarkable content support: Enjoy thousands of Owner Exclusive eBooks on any Microsoft Reader 2.0 or higher enabled device.
¤ Great on-screen readability: ClearType display technology that makes text on screen crisper and easier to read than ever before.
¤ Dynamic reading features: Enhance your texts with highlighting, bookmarks, notes, and drawings. Plus, you can view your annotations and rename or erase any of them at any time.
¤ Great portability: Activate Microsoft Reader on your desktop and mobile devices and take your eReading library wherever you go. And because they require less space than the same titles in other formats, you can carry more Microsoft Reader eBooks!
¤ One-click eBook creation: Create your own eBooks from Microsoft Word documents using the Read in Microsoft Reader add-in for Microsoft Word 2000 and higher.
“Last but surely not least, Microsoft Reader comes with a text-to-speech function, meaning that it can read aloud the text on the current page; it automatically moves to the next one when it reaches the end of the page. This can be useful for users that would rather listen to the information than read it; or if they are multi-tasking.”
Anchor Link Mobipocket Reader
License: Freeware Last Reviewed: 2010-08-07
Version: 6.2.606 – Released: 2008-04-22 Windows: XP, Vista
File Size: 5.34 MB
“Welcome to the easiest way to build, organize, read and annotate your entire eBook library. Get the Mobipocket eBook Reader on your Windows PC – it’s free – and build up your library of eBooks, RSS eNews and eDocs using the #1 online ebookstore.
“Customize your reading experience: paper back page size, full width display, 2 or 3 column display. The new version even includes an auto-column layout that will automatically select the column size for optimal readability. Customize the font size, background color. Use the fullscreen mode and Microsoft ClearType subpixel font rendering for a fully immersive reading experience. Turn pages with a keypress or mouse touch, or even use the autoscroll feature if you are too lazy to turn pages! Change the screen orientation to transform your Tablet PC or your mobile device into the perfect mobile reading device.”
Anchor Link Plain Text eBooks
License: Retail Last Reviewed: 2010-12-30
“No special reader software is required. These books can be read on any type of computer using any operating system. Notepad or WordPad or Microsoft Word or anything similar that’s capable of reading .txt files can be used.”
Anchor Link Project Gutenberg
License: Free Last Reviewed: 2013-03-05
Site Last Modified: 2013-03-04
“Project Gutenberg is the place where you can download over 33,000 free ebooks to read on your PC, iPad, Kindle, Sony Reader, iPhone, Android or other portable device. We carry high quality items: Our books were previously published on paper by bona fide publishers and digitized by us with the help of thousands of volunteers. All our ebooks can be easily downloaded: Choose between ePub, Mobipocket, HTML and simple text formats.”
[ Project Gutenberg also has audio books; Ed. ]
Anchor Link Reader Software
Information Only Last Reviewed: 2010-12-30
“Contains links to Reader Software by eBook Format and Reader Software by Device.
Anchor Link µBook
License: Free with Nag or $15.00 Last Reviewed: 2010-12-30
Version: 2010r1b – Released: 2010-10-28 Windows: 2000, XP, Vista, 7
File Size: 519 KB
“µBook is a simple and lean, yet powerful ebook reader for Windows and Pocket PCs that can read HTML, TXT, RTF, CHM, RB, PDB and PRC (not secure) ebook files. It can read directly from inside ZIP files, and supports BMP, GIF, PNG and JPG images. It offers many customization options including: Portrait and Landscape display, Choice of font type, color and size, etc…. It also has a resizable/skinnable User Interface. µBook is improving on a regular basis.”