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Introduction to eBooks

eBooks are the digital way to read a book. They are the electronic version of regular printed book, though some may lack the illustrations, and are read on some sort of electronic device, such as a desktop computer, e-reader, mobile phone, or laptop. Unfortunately, there are still a lot of different electronic formats that are being used, and some of them are only functional on certain types of computer hardware. Amazon's Kindle eReader will only read their own published e-books, and those e-books are not compatible with other e-readers. Follett books have their own eReader that works with their e-books and is used when accessing them from our Destiny catalog. Barnes & Noble, Border's, public libraries, and online collections may or may not work with your particular computer or e-reader software. Besides the Kindle, there are other hardware solutions: Sony's eReader, the Barnes & Noble Nook, and computer software like Adobe's e-reader. This will, hopefully, fix itself just like the video formatting became standardized. For now, it's still somewhat of a Wild West situation. There is a free downloadable program called Calibre for converting e-books from one format to another. It can be downloaded from Cnet at http://download.cnet.com/Calibre/3000-2125_4-10910277.html?tag=mncol;2.

eBooks Online

Project Gutenburg eBooks

Download over 33,000 free ebooks to read on your PC or just about any device.

Google eBookstore

Purchase from Google's ebookstore or their retail partners; read on just about any device, except Kindle.

Page-by-Page Books

Read hundreds of classic ebooks online for free

Planet e-Book

Download and read free classic literature ebooks

eLibrary

A catalog of most of the ebooks sold on the Internet

Many Books

There are more than 29,000 eBooks available for Kindle, Nook, iPad and most other eReaders, and they're all free!

Epic!

Read online ebooks for grades K-5. This is a subscription service, but it's free if you log on through a teacher or librarian's account. Mrs. Bushong's accout ID is cbushong@saddlebrook.com, and the password is bookworm53.

BookRix

Read free books online and download free self-published e-books. Upload your own book to be published in our online library.
Short stories, poems, fiction, novels, fantasy, classic literature and many other genres.

University of Pennsylvania's Online Books Page

Find over a million works, in various formats, free for personal, non-commercial use.

GoEd Free e-book Classic Novels

Download free eBook versions of 36 literary classics like Romeo and Juliet, The Scarlet Letter, Jane Eyre and more! Each eBook download comes as an easy-to-use PDF file that can be printed or projected on your interactive whiteboard.

goodreads

Search for good books and ebooks, share recommendations, join book clubs, answer trivia questions.

eBook Exchange

eBook Exchange™ is the primary lending and borrowing marketplace for Kindle™ and Nook™ ebooks. Once you've read an ebook, put that purchase to work rather than letting it stagnate in your e-reader's archives.

ebook Fling

Swap Kindle and Nook ebooks for free.Just fling an eBook to others and catch the eBook of your choice

Books for Nooks

Locate books for loan from other nook owners all over the world.

LendInk

A free service allowing you to connect with other book lovers; loan your lendable eBooks in seconds and find new ones to borrow.

Lendle

Kindle™ Book Lending, Borrowing, & Sharing.

Overdrive

Search for audiobooks, eBooks, music, video, local libraries and bookstores!

eBook Apps

Here are some ebook apps for downloading essential ebooks for your courses. Many classic and older titles would be free. Among the options are:
  • Kindle (free) for iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad)
  • Stanza (free) for iPhone and iPad
  • Audiobooks (free) for iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad Listen to over 3,535 classic audiobooks, some mature
  • iBooks (free) for iPhone and iPad
  • eBook Reader for iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad
  • B&N eReader (free) for iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad
  • 200 Great Books ($0.99) for iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad. A collection of classics, some mature.
  • Google Books (free) for iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad
  • Children’s Classics ($0.99) for iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad. 16 kid classics.