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Old 07-13-2009, 08:11 AM   #1
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World eBook Fair - Over 2 Million eBooks To Choose From For Free one month

I saw this on buckscoop.com

World eBook Fair - Over 2 Million eBooks To Choose From For Free (1 Month Only)
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During the rest of the year you may continue to download your selection of about 500,000 PDF eBooks by joining the World Public Library - They are available in over 100 Languages.

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Old 07-13-2009, 08:20 AM   #2
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Thanks for the info Tdew; looks like there's already a thread about the World eBook Fair under way:
http://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=49985

Looks useful if you don't mind PDFs.
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Old 07-13-2009, 08:48 AM   #3
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Thanks for the info Tdew; looks like there's already a thread about the World eBook Fair under way:
http://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=49985

Looks useful if you don't mind PDFs.
Useful if the PDFs are custom-sized to eBook device sizes. If they aren't, they are tenable only for Kindle DX and Digital Reader owners.

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And indeed they aren't. They do not seem to be generated by the website--whose URL by the way is http://worldebookfair.com/ . In fact, I have the impression that this website is simply a database built by a spider that indexes PDF documents at a variety of electronic libraries around the world... and perhaps mirrors them.

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Old 07-13-2009, 11:55 AM   #4
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As indicated, there is already a post on this. This is an organization that expects some money to change hands, so I am therefore duplicating that other thread:


In the interests of full disclosure: This is an organization that charges money. Whether PDFs are useful to you will have to be your decision.

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"Our goal is to provide Free public access for a month to 2 Million eBooks. During the rest of the year you may continue to download your selection of about 500,000 PDF eBooks by joining the World Public Library. Annual membership is only $8.95 per year."


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Old 07-13-2009, 12:54 PM   #5
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In the interests of full disclosure: This is an organization that charges money. Whether PDFs are useful to you will have to be your decision.
Which is rather curious, since all the PDFs I've looked at so far seem like they are certain to be available freely (precisely the same file) at their originating website/agency.

So... basically this company scrapes the web for free PDFs and sells access to them?

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Old 07-13-2009, 03:22 PM   #6
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Yes, I looked at it last year - it's interesting for those that don't know about free sites, but otherwise just PDF's of books available elsewhere (often their "access" is just a link to the originating site).
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