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 24×7
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
page that also offers an RSS feed.

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