filling an ebook reader

By Hal Canary, 2010-06-27 14:39:03 (link)

This week, I finally broke down and bought an ebook reader — B&N's $150 WiFi Nook (ISBN 9781400532629). It's a beautiful little device.

I got the Jonathan Adler Punctuation Cover (978161560062) since it's both very sturdy and cheaper than most.

I've already side-loaded 90 free books onto the device. These books have come from several places. In no particular order:

• The Lee County Public Library lets you borrow ebooks via Adobe Digital Editions (ADE) software. You can use ADE to side-load ebooks onto a nook.

Project Gutenberg — the first place to go for books from the public domain. All of their books are now availible in ePub versions.

Google Books, Some of the scans availible are in the public domain, and are therefore downloadable. Generally, the Gutenberug editions are a higher quality than the Google versions, since The Gutenberg tries to be an ideal textual copy of the book while Google tries to be a good representation a particular physical book.

• Many of the works of Cory Doctorow are availible as ePubs on his website, Craphound. I especially recommend Makers and Little Brother.

The Baen Free Library — All copyrighted works which you may read for free, and all are availible as ePubs.

The Baen CD Mirror — These files are also copyrighted but free to redistribute. The newer CDs have ePub files on them. The older CDs do not, but you can use a program like Calibre to covert file formats.

Places to buy eBooks: — of course. Also check the Unbound Blog every friday for the name of a free book that can be added to your B&N library that week. [Update. Here, too:]

Webscription — A store that sells unencombered ebooks, all of which are availible in ePub format. The prices aren't bad at all.