eBook Sources

I am frequently asked where to get ebooks. I’ve put together a quick and handy reference for those of you hungry for knowledge and entertainment in the form of ebooks. Some are public domain, some are given away freely by the publishers/owners. Always read disclaimers and legal information before downloading.

Downloading/Offline Reading

Project Gutenberg: http://www.gutenberg.org/

The National Academies Press: http://www.nap.edu/

Feedbooks: http://www.feedbooks.com/publicdomain

Manybooks.net: http://www.manybooks.net/

Free Kindle Books via Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/

Internet Archive: http://www.archive.org/details/texts

Open Library: http://openlibrary.org/

Open Culture: http://www.openculture.com/

Read.gov: http://www.read.gov/

InTech: http://www.intechopen.com/ (As of 30 Dec 2016, 2,844 Science and Technology books)

Online/Checkout Reading

Google Books (reading online): http://books.google.com/

Amazon Cloud Reader: https://read.amazon.com/

Smashwords (Reading Online): http://www.smashwords.com/

Overdrive Digital Media Library (Service available to your local library): http://www.overdrive.com/ (Typically you need to have a library card first, then access your library online)

Audio Books

LibriVox: http://librivox.org/

EBook Management

Once you’ve amassed a collection of thousands of ebooks, you need a program to manage them. I personally use Calibre. It is in my opinion the best way to manage, organize, and convert your ebooks. Go to http://calibre-ebook.com/ to get it.

If you are a Windows user, you can also get a portable version of the application (for USB stick use maybe) here: http://calibre-ebook.com/download_portable

First 10 Mac Apps

I surveyed 7 of my colleagues regarding what applications they install first on a new Mac. What applications are installed first? Including my own responses, the results are below.

Application Name Users
Google Chrome 6
Intego Virusbarrier X6 4
VLC 4
VMWare Fusion 3
Handbrake 3
1Password 2
Calibre 2
Firefox 2
TextWrangler 2
Lego Digital Designer 2