We use Project Gutenberg for some of the books in our hs curriculum. The files are available in a number of formats for a variety of e-readers. Check out Librivox.org for free audiobook versions of public domain (public domain in the U.S., that is) books. Volunteers record themselves reading the books and upload the files; you download them and transfer to your iPod or mp3 player. Easy peasy. Great for listening in the car.
I work in book publishing, and I can tell you that before the Kindle--and now all the other readers--became available, e-books were nothing more than a sort of tack-on to the endgame production stages of book making. My coworkers used to complain about our having to take the extra step of vetting the final PDFs of each book that was going to be converted to an e-book (not every book was slated for e-booking back then) to make sure the hyperlinks worked, etc. We didn't even have a decent viewing program at the time to use to "read" our books. Then I went on maternity leave with DD, and
the next year the Kindle hit the market. Now the e-book version of the books I work on "go to press" ahead of the print copy. I'm waiting for my first straight-to-e-book book--it seems the inevitable next step. ;)
We just last week got our own Kindle, mostly with the intention of using it for reading our homeschooling books. I much prefer it to the backlit iPad's iBooks app or the Kindle app. I get nauseous staring at the iPad for too long. iBooks, though, helped to transform my husband into a reader. Worth the money and technology upgrade, IMO.
ETA: I still love hard copies of books, and we buy a lot used from Amazon or any used stores we come across. I use Paperbackswap a lot, too. But we have a tiny house and our library is meh, so e-books were inevitable as we move away from picture books as our kids get older.
Originally Posted by Storm Bride
I had actually never heard of this before. DH knew about it, but had completely forgotten it existed. I'm going to have to check it out. I'm not generally interested in the classics, but there are definitely a few things that interest me. Awesome. Thanks!
Originally Posted by JollyGG
Love Project Gutenberg.
I thought the same thing. I like books and didn't see making the switch, but like others I got an ebook and am now hooked. I also do switch back and forth.
I have been having a blast this week downloading free books from Project Gutenberg. These are books that the copyright has expired on and are therefore public domain. My son has really discovered a love of the e reader and so my parents gave him one of their old ones (they just upgraded to new kindles). I however, refuse to buy him books. He can either check them out from the Library via Overdrive or get them free from Project Gutenberg. He's 8 and so far he has read, The Jungle Book, Just So Stories, Treasure Island from Project Gutenberg. He has read several books from the library. I have only bought him one book and that was one he needed to read for homework but left at school.