More Sources For Ebooks & Electronic Text

Further to today's post about Amazon planning to sell electronic books next year, here are some alternative places where you can get them right now:

+ Digital Book Index
"111,000 title records from more than 1800 commercial and non-commercial publishers, universities, and various private sites. About 72,000 of these books, texts, and documents are available free, while many others are available at very modest cost. Registration, also free, is required to access the database. You will need to give an email address but can make the choice to opt out of any future mailings. The database can be searched by author and title. You can also browse by author, title, subject, and publisher.

Search for commercially available ebooks from more than 400 publishers. Listings come from Overdrive's Content Reserve Digital Content Marketplace. Search by:
+ Format
+ Title
+ Author
+ Subject
+ Keyword

Also, many fee-based services have been online for years that provide, free, searchable access to thousands of in-copyright books. Often, these services are free from public and university libraries. All you need is a library card and you can access the content outside the library from any computer. In many cases you can print, annotate, share, etc. this material. These services include:

+ NetLibrary

+ Safari from O'Reilly
Access also available for individual purchase.

+ Books 24x7
Access also available for individual purchase.

+ ebrary
Individual access to more than 20,000 full text books available. Costs just $5.00 to open an account.

FYI, if you're looking for a one-stop shop for public domain books, I can't say enough good things about The Online Books Page from the University of Pennsylvania. It organizes and lists thousands of books (including Gutenberg content and now some Google Print content) from many digitization projects. It's amazing how much is added each day. Here's the "new listings" page that also offers an RSS feed.