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Old 10-30-2009, 03:58 AM   #1
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Is there anywhere to download a large collection of free public domain ebooks?

Just to get me started, is there anywhere I can download a zip file or any archive of a large collection of free books that have become public domain to kick start my library, rather than get them one by one from one of the many free ebook sites?
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PG offer a download of an ISO DVD image with many thousands of books.

Honestly, though, you'd be a lot better off being more "selective". In the "Book Upload" forums here you'll find beautifully formatted versions of all the "classics", which are much, much better than those at PG.
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You may find ebay selling dvd(s) containing more than 10,000 public ebooks (not over US$20) in either kindle, epub, or LRB, etc. formats. Just use "ebook" keyword to search. It will save your time a lot!
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Old 10-30-2009, 06:04 PM   #4
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Thanks for the suggestions. Maybe I will stick with the better formatted ones for the first few, but in case I want them, who are PG?
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Thanks for the suggestions. Maybe I will stick with the better formatted ones for the first few, but in case I want them, who are PG?
PG is Project Gutenberg. Readi about it in our Gutenberg or do a search on the web.

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PG is Project Gutenberg. Readi about it in our Gutenberg or do a search on the web.

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Ha! I know about it, just didn't connect the PG initials to it, sorry, but thanks for clearing it up.
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There are also books in large collections available as torrents.
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You can also download Google Books from the public domain now in epub. Check the download link on the right.
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You can also download Google Books from the public domain now in epub. Check the download link on the right.
On the right of what? I went to Google books but I see no download links on the right.
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You can also download Google Books from the public domain now in epub. Check the download link on the right.
Nice tip. Thanks Nikkie.
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On the right of what? I went to Google books but I see no download links on the right.
Go to advanced book search. Then tick "public domain only". Search for a book you would like. Click the book when it shows up. Then the displayed book will show a download arrow on the upper right side to click on. This enables you to download it as pdf or epub.
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Go to advanced book search. Then tick "public domain only". Search for a book you would like. Click the book when it shows up. Then the displayed book will show a download arrow on the upper right side to click on. This enables you to download it as pdf or epub.
I see what you mean, but I was confused because I was asking about how to download a large collection in a zip or other archive, rather than individually.
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Yes, that would only be for individual books.
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@jusmee sorry about that. For the public domain stuff, you can certainly just torrent them. Nothing illegal there.
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Old 11-02-2009, 04:27 PM   #15
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Here are some sites you can try. The books in the Baen free library are not in the public domain but are offered free from Baen Books. Additionally suvudu offers 3 or 4 books for free every month.

http://www.baen.com/library/
http://www.suvudu.com/freelibrary/
http://www.e-book.com.au/freebooks.htm
http://www.gutenberg.org/wiki/Main_Page

oops, just reread the orginal post theese links are for individual books not a zipped archive.
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