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Old 09-17-2013, 12:18 AM   #1
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legal sources of e-textbooks

Apart from the big 3 (Apple, Amazon and Barnes and Noble)...
- Google have plans to start providing too, right?

Other providers: CourseSmart, Chegg, Inkling, Kno.

Am I missing anyone important?

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Old 09-17-2013, 12:27 AM   #2
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O'Reilly, Kobo and Sony holds some titles as well.

Depends what subject/s you're looking for.
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Old 09-17-2013, 12:34 AM   #3
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You can purchase/rent directly from the academic publisher in some/most(?) cases.
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Old 09-17-2013, 03:52 AM   #4
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Are you at university or college? Ask the library. You might have access to a service like ebrary.
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Old 09-17-2013, 10:12 PM   #5
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Google has some as well, but for the most part, the publishers are holding a tight rein on their ebooks. Quite a few use some proprietary formats that aren't supported by any ebook readers. Some don't even let you use a downloadable file, but rather just have a webpage you use. It seems it is mostly the smaller publishers that are allowing stuff in formats we use.
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Old 09-19-2013, 12:41 PM   #6
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I think Wikibooks has some don't they?
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Old 09-19-2013, 12:44 PM   #7
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If you don't need specific ones for a specific class but are just looking for general study materials, and if you are fine with PDF rather than "proper" ebook formats, there is a lot of legal nonfiction at http://www.e-booksdirectory.com/
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Old 09-19-2013, 02:46 PM   #8
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While it's presented nicely, the e-booksdirectory.com link doesn't have that many books (and most of them are from Smashwords, Project Gutenberg or Archive.org).

John Mark Ockerbloom's, The Online Books Page is the most exhaustive listing of books on-line I'm aware of.

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Old 09-19-2013, 08:09 PM   #9
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Old 09-20-2013, 12:13 PM   #10
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The files at OpenStax are too darn huge. I had no idea there was any such thing as a 300MB ePUB!
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Old 09-29-2013, 06:44 AM   #11
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You missed the vital source e-textbooks: www.vitalsource.com
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Old 10-01-2013, 12:25 AM   #12
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i got mine at bookboon.
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