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Old 08-19-2009, 01:14 PM   #1
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So I've found that my ebook reader is great for my school books because most of my text books are of a literary nature. History books and novels etc. I'm trying to line of different places to hit to find these books. Here are the best placed that I've found so far:

FREE:
Gutenburg
Archive
JSTOR
Google

COMMERCIAL:
Ebooks.Com
Sony's Ebook Store
Mobi Pocket (with conversion of DRM books to epub. I've never actually done this but assumed it'd be possible.)

What others are there?
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Old 08-19-2009, 01:47 PM   #2
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For more free stuff, Feedbooks.com has a big selection in various formats.

If you like science fiction and fantasy, try Baen Books. They have both free books as part of their Free Library and reasonably priced non-DRM books.

Books on Board is another paid service with occasional freebies. They have a bit of everything, including some textbooks.

I wrote an article recently with a list of options. Hope this helps!

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I was an early Fictionwise customer and *used* to love them to death. Can't say that's true anymore since they've been bought by B&N.

I have had a good experience so far with BooksOnBoard, although I haven't bought that much from them. If only their website was better.

Baen is awesome, if you're a geek like me.
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Old 08-19-2009, 03:25 PM   #4
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I have had a good experience so far with BooksOnBoard, although I haven't bought that much from them. If only their website was better.

Baen is awesome, if you're a geek like me.
Yes, the BoB site is a bit clunky. What I really like about them is that they accept PayPal, since I don't have a credit card. I know Fictionwise does too, but they make Paypal users do 'immediate' payment, which means you need a CC after all.

What I don't like about BoB is not being able to get non-DRM files (I'd read somewhere that they do have DRM-free stuff, but it must be for U.S. customers only). This makes it hard to integrate with Calibre; I've found a workaround by dragging the files directly to the Reader, but it's a bit of a pain.

So Baen remains the coolest for me: great reads, lots of free stuff, advance e-books with their Webscription service, and a no-DRM philosophy (partly explained here).
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Old 08-19-2009, 04:58 PM   #7
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Yes, the BoB site is a bit clunky. What I really like about them is that they accept PayPal, since I don't have a credit card. I know Fictionwise does too, but they make Paypal users do 'immediate' payment, which means you need a CC after all.

What I don't like about BoB is not being able to get non-DRM files (I'd read somewhere that they do have DRM-free stuff, but it must be for U.S. customers only). This makes it hard to integrate with Calibre; I've found a workaround by dragging the files directly to the Reader, but it's a bit of a pain.

So Baen remains the coolest for me: great reads, lots of free stuff, advance e-books with their Webscription service, and a no-DRM philosophy (partly explained here).


The only non-DRM things I've found at BoB were all PD anyway, so why pay for something you can get for free elsewhere?
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Old 08-19-2009, 05:12 PM   #8
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The only non-DRM things I've found at BoB were all PD anyway, so why pay for something you can get for free elsewhere?
Some of the stuff they have from Samhain and other e-only or primarily e-publishers is DRM free.
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Has google books released epub stuff yet? All I still see is PDF.
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Old 08-19-2009, 07:26 PM   #11
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Has google books released epub stuff yet? All I still see is PDF.
Yes, but you have to download the Sony Library software and register a US account (feel free to lie, they apparently don't check).

Over a million Google ePubs available, by far the largest collection.

OCRed, though, so quality varies widely, but I've only found a few books that were unreadable. Most are <shrug> OK, for free, and the quantity can't be beat. I've found a number of nicely illustrated books, too, that look good on my Sony.
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