May 28, 2004

Read books online for free - Read Print is a free online library that "offers thousands of free books for students, teachers, and the classic enthusiast." Authors include George Orwell, Mark Twain, Louisa May Alcott, and many many more. This makes me very, very happy.

Apologies if this is a double. I didn't find anything searching, but it seems hard to believe that no one's stumbled across this before.

  • So, are they duplicating the work of Project Gutenberg? There seems to be some overlap, and it doesn't say anywhere (after a quick glance) that they're using the Project Gutenberg texts.
  • Some fine Victorian yarns here, plus some truly great works, poetry and prose, fiction and non-fiction as well. This is wonderful, Kimberly! Yarns: Many Sherlock Holmes tales, some of the Martian (John Carter) tales and some of the Tarzan stories by Edgar Rice Burroughs, The Three Mustketeers plus most of the sequels and The Count of Monte Christo as well as some for kids -- Lewis Carroll and Graham's The Wind in the Willows.
  • Unfortunately, there are only chapter summaries for Gatsby. Hope that means it's under construction now.
  • great link. I'm going to start rereading Little Women right now. (For more academic stuff, don't forget the University of California Press.Genethics:Moral Issues in the Creation of People or The Honeysuckle and the Hazel Tree:Medieval Stories of Men and Women, anyone?)
  • Useful link, mamasaurus, thanks.
  • Here's a place with some books still under US copyright. If you live in the US and try to download or read these texts, your eyes will melt down your face and gunk up your keyboard. Also, the Folks at the University of Adelaide are doing an excellent job of building their online library which has, among other gems, the complete text of T.E. Lawrence's Seven Pillars of Wisdom AND the Tenniel-illustrated version of Alice in Wonderland. Again, some of these works are under copyright in the US. YHBW.
  • I like the format, but for sheer content, I have to go with Project Gutenberg, mentioned above. Sure, they've been around a while and are ho-hum, but they have over 10,000 books in electronic format (at least text, but sometimes in other formats as well), books in many different languages, and even an RSS feed of their newly added books (updated nightly). They're currently working to add sheet music as well. So if you've never been to Project Gutenberg's site, please head there right way.
  • And while we're on the subject, what do all you monkeys use as etext readers? The one I'm using now is freeware andcalled,strangely, 'BookReader'.
  • I still can't read books online. I have to print them out. Because I just can't get absorbed into one when I'm scrunched over the keyboard trying to cozy up to the monitor.
  • what do all you monkeys use as etext readers? I use Tofu for OSX. Reading text on screen is so much easier since I got a laptop: now I can curl up with it on the couch or in bed, and the LCD screen doesn't make my eyes tired.
  • Don't have problems reading online. Except in one instance. PDF texts in particular are utterly vile. A thousand pities a lot of Canadian lit online is presented in this execrable fashion.
  • PDF files ARE utterly vile, beeswacky. There are several PDF to HTML converters out there, here's a link to 'Clickcat-P2H' Its freeware.
  • the University of Adelaide are doing an excellent job of building their online library *shouts out to dj* /banned from library for shouting out
  • patB, thanks -- I'm most grateful for your tip about a PDF to HTML convertor.
  • patB I enjoyed your cat tale. Also picked up a Clickcat of my own. :)
  • Also new science fiction from the Baen Free Library.
  • Whoa! This linky has blossomed! The original post is a good one, Kimberly, but I'd been there, so didn't get too excited. But what super links from you other Monkeys. Will have to try out the SciFi.