Register Guidelines E-Books Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read

Go Back   MobileRead Forums > E-Book General > Reading Recommendations

Notices

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 08-30-2010, 04:51 PM   #1
sweevo
Groupie
sweevo is kind to children and small, furry animalssweevo is kind to children and small, furry animalssweevo is kind to children and small, furry animalssweevo is kind to children and small, furry animalssweevo is kind to children and small, furry animalssweevo is kind to children and small, furry animalssweevo is kind to children and small, furry animalssweevo is kind to children and small, furry animalssweevo is kind to children and small, furry animalssweevo is kind to children and small, furry animalssweevo is kind to children and small, furry animals
 
sweevo's Avatar
 
Posts: 197
Karma: 6848
Join Date: Aug 2010
Device: Sony PRS-650, Kindle Touch
What's the best source for public domain ebooks?

We all have at least a few classics we've somehow neglected to read.

What's the best place to get public domain classics? Why are different versions available even on the same store? How different is the formatting, and is there a way to tell which versions are best without actually trying them out?

Mild OCD + love of collecting + hundreds of thousands of PD books = not a very nice combination, I'm afraid.
sweevo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-30-2010, 05:01 PM   #2
TGS
Country Member
TGS ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.TGS ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.TGS ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.TGS ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.TGS ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.TGS ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.TGS ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.TGS ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.TGS ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.TGS ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.TGS ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.
 
TGS's Avatar
 
Posts: 9,045
Karma: 7673161
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Denmark
Device: Liseuse: Irex DR800. PRS 505 in the house, and the missus has an iPad.
There are some really nice versions of PD books here on Mobileread in all sorts of formats. Have a look here.
TGS is offline   Reply With Quote
 
Enthusiast
Old 08-30-2010, 05:30 PM   #3
AnemicOak
Bookaholic
AnemicOak ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.AnemicOak ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.AnemicOak ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.AnemicOak ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.AnemicOak ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.AnemicOak ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.AnemicOak ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.AnemicOak ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.AnemicOak ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.AnemicOak ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.AnemicOak ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.
 
AnemicOak's Avatar
 
Posts: 10,405
Karma: 28889083
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Minnesota
Device: HDX 8.9, AuraHD, Nook HD+, Kindle 2,3,T , Opus, Nexus7, iPhone5, etc
My sources in order are...

MobileRead
Feedbooks
Manybooks
PG
Archive.org
Google
AnemicOak is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 08-30-2010, 06:40 PM   #4
frquixote
Addict
frquixote ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.frquixote ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.frquixote ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.frquixote ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.frquixote ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.frquixote ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.frquixote ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.frquixote ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.frquixote ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.frquixote ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.frquixote ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.
 
Posts: 207
Karma: 1133918
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Kapolei, Oahu, HI
Device: Sony PRS-650, Win 7 Netbook
I'd also add epubbooks.com to the list.
frquixote is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-30-2010, 06:48 PM   #5
Elfwreck
Grand Sorcerer
Elfwreck ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Elfwreck ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Elfwreck ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Elfwreck ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Elfwreck ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Elfwreck ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Elfwreck ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Elfwreck ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Elfwreck ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Elfwreck ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Elfwreck ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.
 
Elfwreck's Avatar
 
Posts: 5,142
Karma: 24387938
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: SF Bay Area, California, USA
Device: Clié; PRS-505; EZR Pocket Pro, PRS-600, Kobo Mini
The best formatting is here at Mobileread; the books are hand-crafted with consideration of the features of each file format and abilities of ebook devices in mind.

The selection is limited (for, um, internet values of "limited") to only a few thousand books (over 10k when you count all file formats) but excellent. And in many cases, the book designer is available for requests--if you really want a particular PD book without the pictures, they might be willing to provide that for you. And they take requests.

Next best is probably feedbooks, most of which are Gutenberg productions with somewhat better formatting.

I wouldn't recommend ever paying for a public domain book from one of the mainstream publishers (unless you had some need for a particular version's commentary or annotations); they are often either using the Gutenberg edition as a base, or scanning-and-OCR'ing a paper copy, with less error correction than Gutenberg.
Elfwreck is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-30-2010, 08:29 PM   #6
GA Russell
Stampeders clinch first!
GA Russell ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.GA Russell ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.GA Russell ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.GA Russell ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.GA Russell ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.GA Russell ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.GA Russell ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.GA Russell ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.GA Russell ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.GA Russell ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.GA Russell ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.
 
GA Russell's Avatar
 
Posts: 3,535
Karma: 12784443
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Raleigh, NC
Device: jetBook Lite, Kindle 4
I like hard-boiled mysteries, and I've downloaded a number of titles from munseys.com which I plan to get to soon.
GA Russell is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-05-2010, 01:30 AM   #7
Jaime_Astorga
Member Retired
Jaime_Astorga has a spectacular aura aboutJaime_Astorga has a spectacular aura aboutJaime_Astorga has a spectacular aura aboutJaime_Astorga has a spectacular aura aboutJaime_Astorga has a spectacular aura aboutJaime_Astorga has a spectacular aura aboutJaime_Astorga has a spectacular aura aboutJaime_Astorga has a spectacular aura aboutJaime_Astorga has a spectacular aura aboutJaime_Astorga has a spectacular aura aboutJaime_Astorga has a spectacular aura about
 
Posts: 274
Karma: 4446
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Florida
Device: PRS-350-SC: Sony Reader Pocket Edition
Project Gutenberg, Feedbooks, Planet eBook, ManyBooks, and MobileRead itself all come to mind as good potential sources of public domain books. Which one is best is something you will have to decide on your own.
Jaime_Astorga is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-05-2010, 04:01 AM   #8
JeremyR
Guru
JeremyR ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.JeremyR ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.JeremyR ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.JeremyR ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.JeremyR ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.JeremyR ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.JeremyR ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.JeremyR ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.JeremyR ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.JeremyR ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.JeremyR ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.
 
JeremyR's Avatar
 
Posts: 969
Karma: 2458216
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: St. Louis
Device: Kindle Keyboard, Nook HD+
Honestly, after downloading a lot of free books from all the recommended sites, I would suggest start with here first.

Then try Manybooks.net, then Feedbooks.

After that, I guess you are better just going to Gutenberg and doing it yourself. I tried a bunch of freebies from Amazon itself for my new Kindle, but they were all really slapped together productions, worse than anything I could do. Why they allow that is beyond me...
JeremyR is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-08-2010, 11:32 PM   #9
jeffcobb
Groupie
jeffcobb will become famous soon enoughjeffcobb will become famous soon enoughjeffcobb will become famous soon enoughjeffcobb will become famous soon enoughjeffcobb will become famous soon enoughjeffcobb will become famous soon enoughjeffcobb will become famous soon enough
 
Posts: 152
Karma: 700
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Las Vegas
Device: Nook, CoolER
While not a general place for free ebooks, if you are a Firefly fan then you should download and read the book "My Kind Of Freedom" by Steven Brust. It is not public domain but it is released under the creative commons license so it is still "free". The site is here:
http://dreamcafe.com/firefly.html

Really good book by a scifi author who is also a fan.
jeffcobb is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-09-2010, 12:21 AM   #10
Jaime_Astorga
Member Retired
Jaime_Astorga has a spectacular aura aboutJaime_Astorga has a spectacular aura aboutJaime_Astorga has a spectacular aura aboutJaime_Astorga has a spectacular aura aboutJaime_Astorga has a spectacular aura aboutJaime_Astorga has a spectacular aura aboutJaime_Astorga has a spectacular aura aboutJaime_Astorga has a spectacular aura aboutJaime_Astorga has a spectacular aura aboutJaime_Astorga has a spectacular aura aboutJaime_Astorga has a spectacular aura about
 
Posts: 274
Karma: 4446
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Florida
Device: PRS-350-SC: Sony Reader Pocket Edition
Quote:
Originally Posted by jeffcobb View Post
While not a general place for free ebooks, if you are a Firefly fan then you should download and read the book "My Kind Of Freedom" by Steven Brust. It is not public domain but it is released under the creative commons license so it is still "free". The site is here:
http://dreamcafe.com/firefly.html
That novel is a self-admitted unauthorized derivative work. I don't think the CC license written on it is properly used.
Jaime_Astorga is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-09-2010, 12:49 AM   #11
jeffcobb
Groupie
jeffcobb will become famous soon enoughjeffcobb will become famous soon enoughjeffcobb will become famous soon enoughjeffcobb will become famous soon enoughjeffcobb will become famous soon enoughjeffcobb will become famous soon enoughjeffcobb will become famous soon enough
 
Posts: 152
Karma: 700
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Las Vegas
Device: Nook, CoolER
Derivative of what exactly? In any event, it is free and well-written. If you are a Browncoat you would love it.
jeffcobb is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-09-2010, 11:28 AM   #12
jharker
Developer
jharker could sell banana peel slippers to a Deveel.jharker could sell banana peel slippers to a Deveel.jharker could sell banana peel slippers to a Deveel.jharker could sell banana peel slippers to a Deveel.jharker could sell banana peel slippers to a Deveel.jharker could sell banana peel slippers to a Deveel.jharker could sell banana peel slippers to a Deveel.jharker could sell banana peel slippers to a Deveel.jharker could sell banana peel slippers to a Deveel.jharker could sell banana peel slippers to a Deveel.jharker could sell banana peel slippers to a Deveel.
 
Posts: 345
Karma: 3473
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Brooklyn, NY, USA
Device: iRex iLiad v1, Blackberry Tour, Kindle DX, iPad.
Going back to the original topic, I also would say that MobileRead is the first place to look for good public domain books. If you have a Kindle, I highly recommend putting the MobiPocket Download Guide on it. Using this, you can easily find and download any book from MobileRead.

If you have an iPad, I'll point out that the iBookstore offers free previews of every book, even the non-free ones. Project Gutenberg books are available for free on the iBookstore, but are frequently badly formatted. On the other hand, most priced public domain titles are also badly formatted.

So when I want a particular public domain title on my iPad, I do this:
  1. Search for the book. Download previews of every version.
  2. Flip through each preview and identify the best.
  3. Pick the one I like, buy it (if necessary), and delete the rest.
The Kindle offers a similar "preview" feature, so this approach should work there too. I don't have experience with Sony.

Hope this helps!
jharker is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-11-2010, 12:01 PM   #13
Cyclops
Only need one eye to read
Cyclops ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Cyclops ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Cyclops ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Cyclops ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Cyclops ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Cyclops ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Cyclops ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Cyclops ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Cyclops ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Cyclops ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Cyclops ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.
 
Cyclops's Avatar
 
Posts: 680
Karma: 1030342
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Darlington, England
Device: Kobo Touch, Sony PRS-300, Nintendo DSi XL, Samsung Galaxy Tab 2
In order of discovery
Project Gutenburg
Baen
Manybooks
Here!
Cyclops is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-11-2010, 12:44 PM   #14
desertgrandma
Enjoying the show....
desertgrandma ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.desertgrandma ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.desertgrandma ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.desertgrandma ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.desertgrandma ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.desertgrandma ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.desertgrandma ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.desertgrandma ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.desertgrandma ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.desertgrandma ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.desertgrandma ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.
 
desertgrandma's Avatar
 
Posts: 14,278
Karma: 8334629
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Arizona
Device: A K1, Kindle Paperwhite, an Ipod, IPad2, Iphone, an Ipad Mini & macAir
Quote:
Originally Posted by sweevo View Post
We all have at least a few classics we've somehow neglected to read.

What's the best place to get public domain classics? Why are different versions available even on the same store? How different is the formatting, and is there a way to tell which versions are best without actually trying them out?

Mild OCD + love of collecting + hundreds of thousands of PD books = not a very nice combination, I'm afraid.

Try HERE. click on my link, you can sort by device, author, and genre.
desertgrandma is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Over 11,000 free Public Domain eBooks! mediax Deals, Freebies, and Resources (No Self-Promotion) 2 08-16-2010 09:04 AM
TomeRaider is coming into the Public Domain - source to be released delphidb96 OpenInkpot 7 03-10-2010 03:19 AM
Is there anywhere to download a large collection of free public domain ebooks? jusmee Astak EZReader 20 02-21-2010 07:24 PM
Amazon / Kindle and Public Domain eBooks ahi News 12 11-25-2009 10:55 AM
Thousands of Public Domain ebooks added to the Kindle Store Nate the great News 29 02-02-2009 09:34 AM


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 01:26 AM.


MobileRead.com is a privately owned, operated and funded community.