If you’re looking for low cost e-books, you’ve hit the jackpot. Manybooks.net offers e-books for as cheap as you can get them: for free. Here’s a list of things to help you navigate and find what you want on the site:
- In addition to the usual pre-copyright books (generally, published in 1923 or before), this site also offers free e-books that have been recently published. Use the Advanced Search feature to search for books by specific criteria, including the year of publication.
- Browse e-books by category and look through titles in the specific genre that interests you, including everything from audio e-books to science fiction e-books to cookbooks and poetry.
- You can also search e-books by author or title.
- There’s a huge choice of formats for your e-book download. If you’re wondering which one is right for you, there’s a list of formats with links to information about each one at the bottom of the About page. Just from a quick glance through, Plucker looks like a good choice for people who want to read their e-book on their Palm OS based handheld devices, Windows Mobile (PocketPC) devices and other handheld PDAs. And it’s free.
- If you think this is a great idea and you’d like to help, but you’re low on cash, consider becoming a volunteer e-book proofreader through the site, Distributed Proofreaders.
- If you’re an author and you’d like to distribute your book via manybooks.net, go to the author submission page to find out how.
If you want to try out a free e-book, but you’re still not sure what to get, here are the top 5 e-book downloads from the site last year:
- The Kama Sutra of Vatsayayana by Richard Burton
- The Art of War by Sun Tzu
- Fifteen Thousand Useful Phrases by Grenville Kleiser
- Fanny Hill by John Cleland
- The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle
Or go here to view the top 20 free e-book downloads from last year.
This huge and amazing site is all the work of one guy, Matthew McClintock, who donates his free time to keep this site running. If you use the site, or even if you don’t and you just think it’s a really cool idea, make a donation through your paypal or amazon.com account.
You know if you bookmark the site to donate to later, you’ll never do it, so go right now, and give the guy a couple of bucks. You’ll never miss $2, and you will have done your good deed for the day.
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