Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Free public-domain ebooks

A great library of over 2,100 public-domain ebooks, in Microsoft Reader and Palm DOC formats, is here at the University of Virginia Library's Electronic Text Center. You can read the Palm versions with your favorite Palm reader (or the Windows versions of eReader or Mobipocket, or -- ptui! -- in Microsoft Reader).

And check this out: you can search the full text of all these ebooks -- what a great way to look for a quote or epigram that isn't in Bartlett's.

A few classics that really are worth reading, and are enormously entertaining:

A Christmas Carol (Dickens)
Around the World in 80 Days (Verne)
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Stevenson)
First Men in the Moon (Wells)
Frankenstein (Shelley)
The Invisible Man (Wells)
The Lost World (Doyle)
Tarzan of the Apes (Burroughs)
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (Verne)


At November 23, 2006 5:36 AM , Anonymous beavis said...

it sucks!

i couldn't find any Perry Rhodan books.

At November 23, 2006 11:57 AM , Blogger RobertJSawyer said...

That's because Perry Rhodan isn't public domain. :)

At November 28, 2006 4:16 AM , Anonymous Michael Cornwell said...

You have probably already mentioned it, but the Project Gutenberg site ( is a great site for classic, and free, books.


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