Saturday, December 3, 2016

Free Books - NOVA this week (December 3, 2016)

Observations from my weekly wanderings, usually in Northern Virginia (NOVA).

I have an embarrassing admission; I’ll get to it in a minute.

I’ll get to the free books in a minute as well – be patient – that was the hook.

If you’ve used Wikipedia recently, you probably noticed they are making their annual fund raising, donation pitch. A few years ago, I happily contributed for the first time, just a small amount, bit more than the minimum they suggest, and I’ve contributed every year since.

Two simple reasons: I use the site a lot, and they are not obnoxious about asking for donations. So, like I say – I’m happy to contribute. It’s an excellent source, and they don’t hit me with ads the rest of the year. Well – I guess that’s four reasons.

I only mention Wikipedia, because this same week I discovered another free internet resource that I will happily contribute to once a year. And this brings me to my embarrassing admission, and the free books.

It should go without saying that I read a lot. And, many of my books are classics, and many of them – because they are old books – are no longer copyrighted, meaning they are in the public domain, meaning they are free.

But, I didn’t know I could get them free for my eReader. ***I know – I’m so embarrassed***

So yeah – Project Gutenberg has thousands books free to download to your eReader. In my case, it is easier to first download to my computer, and then transfer to my nook, but my understanding is, they have formats for just about any reading device you might use.


One more internet resource that is always free – The Once Lost Wanderer

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5 comments:

  1. I've used Project Gutenberg a few times, but not as often as I ought.

    I generally donate to Wikipedia too, because I use them a ton as well.

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    1. Very good. Nice to hear from you. Hope you and yours have blessed Holidays!

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    2. You too! Did you get loads of rain today? My husband says we got several inches, and I believe it. He heard that our county is finally up out of the drought range thanks to today's rain. Whew! (It's probably a testimony to my farming roots that I care about this even though around here, nobody at all really has their livelihood much affected by the weather.)

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    3. Yep pretty wet here. I think we're only about 30 miles south of you.

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    4. Just talked to my folks down in western NC, and they got rain all day too. Such a blessing for them, as they have friends who had been out fighting all those fires recently.

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