Thursday, January 06, 2011

Free books for that ebook reader you recently received

The Internet Archive's Ebook and Texts Archive currently contains more than 2.6 million items and growing.  If you received an ebook reader over the winter holidays, you should check the Internet Archive for books that you could be reading for free.

In the archive are 71,000+ books from the Cornell University Library.  As the site says:
These books, the originals of which are in the Cornell University Library, were digitized in 2008 with funding by Microsoft Corporation. Scanning was performed by Kirtas Technologies; OCR was performed by, and derivative formats created by, the Internet Archive.
There are no known copyright restrictions in the United States on the use of the texts. More information on rights issues associated with public domain texts can be found at
Nice to know that this cancelled project from Microsoft did create a lasting, positive legacy.

The books are available in a variety of file formats including PDF, EPUB, Kindle, Daisy, JiVU and others.

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