Mark S. Zinzow
February 12, 2014
“An electronic book (variously: e-book,
eBook, e-Book, ebook, digital book, or
even e-edition) is a book-length
publication in digital form, consisting of
text, images, or both, readable on
computers or other electronic devices.”
1) Why E-books?
2) Sources to Obtain
or Read E-books
3) E-book Software/Apps
4) Legal Terms & Issues
5) Safety & Piracy
6) Project Gutenberg –
History & How you can help promote E-books
Paper books are bulky, heavy,
expensive, and not as ubiquitous as the Internet.
You can carry many more e-books when traveling.
You can search e-books for quotes, or analyze them
Free ebooks can be reproduced and shared at
negligable cost and effort, providing knowledge or
entertainment to potentially millions of people.
Eco-friendly – Save a Tree!
Democratic – free e-books are available to anyone with
E-books can be more accessible via braile or text to
Sources to Obtain E-books
Librivox free audiobooks
The World Public Library Association
list of Free eBook Collections
Calibre Free Library
Search operators: e.g. Filetype:ppt|pdf (not epub)
● Google Custom Search
● Google Ebooks Search Engine
(Note: These are both FREE E-books!)
● Baen Books
Monroe County (NY) Library System (local)
● Open Library - Over 1 million free titles! Many scanned
books unavailable elsewhere
● EBook Lending Libraries
● List of Libraries that offer non-resident cards
● BiblioTech - first U.S. public digital library
● Most libraries use either the OverDrive Media Console or
Adobe® Digital Editions software for DRM.
● MIT OpenCourseWare
● U. of M. Open Textbook Library
● Many more... (search for Free Textbooks)
FBReader - free multiplatform e-book reader
supporting popular e-book
formats like ePub, fb2,
mobi, html, plain text, and a
Calibre - free multi-platform
Piracy & Safety
You can steal commercial e-books
with torrents, from Usenet, TOR
archives, or file sharing sites, but ...
You may get Malware such as a Virus or Trojan
Your ISP (Internet Provider, e.g. TWC, AT&T,
Verizon, Comcast, etc.) will impose penalties
under the Copyright Alert System (CAS)
a.k.a. “Six Strikes”.
You could be subject to
lawsuits and criminal penalties.
How you can help
Many sites redistribute PG
material in different ways like: