March 13, 2010

Read an E-Book Week Wrap-Up

Thank you for following us during Read an E-Book Week. Hopefully you have found some new Library resources that you can use.

For more about Read an E-Book Week, click here to read an interview with Rita Toews, the creator of Read an E-Book Week.

In addition to ebooks provided by the Troy Public Library, you can find many sources of ebooks on the web, including several that provide free ebooks. Some examples include:

This commercial ebook store sells ebooks that can be downloaded and viewed on your computer. Many of these books can be transferred to eReaders. While you have to pay for the majority of ebooks from Kobo, you can find a list of free ebooks they offer here.

Project Gutenberg
Declaring itself as "the first producer of free electronic books", Project Gutenberg has existed since 1971. All ebooks from Project Gutenberg are in the public domain. They are all free, and can be read online. Additionally, the can be downloaded in a wide array of formats, including EPUB, TXT, PDF, and HTML.

Google Books
Google has been conducting an ongoing project to digitize books held in many different libraries. The result of this is Google Books. Google Books provides a variety of titles, both old and new. Many old titles that are in the public domain can be viewed in their entirety. More current titles only have a limited preview available: if you want to read the entire contents, you would have to find the book in a library or purchase it. Google Books also contains digitized scans of many different magazines. For more information, click here.

Have fun reading ebooks, and continue to follow The Tech Desk. We will continue post information about new ebook sources available from the Library and highlight developments in ebooks and ebook technology.

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