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Open Culture puts 110 free philosophy books online
November 13, 2014 | 6:25 pm

plato3.jpgThe website Open Culture, offering "the best free cultural and educational media on the web," has announced the release of a collection of 110 works of philosophy, "from Aristotle to Nietzsche & Wittgenstein," for free access online. And although, despite the wording of Open Culture's announcement, not all are available to download rather than to read online, this is still a collection worth browsing and, well, learning from. "The list will keep growing at a steady clip," writes Open Culture. "But if you see any crucial texts missing, please let us know, and we will try to get them added ASAP....

Moscow Metro goes cultural afficionado with free classic ebook downloads
November 8, 2014 | 10:31 am

Whatever your opinion about Russia's politics, LGBT tolerance, etc., you can't deny Russian commitment to the great heritage of Russian culture and Russian literature. And the Moscow Metro has pulled off the kind of cultural initiative that many other global metropolises can only envy - free ebook downloads of classic Russian literature for subway passengers, as part of an initiative to introduce free wifi across the network. Access is by scanning a QR code at the station, which then allows access to the virtual library, according to the report in The Guardian., with titles including, perhaps appropriately, Nikolai Gogol's "Nevsky Prospect" and...

Read an E-Book Week: Twilight Times free e-books, including Displaced Detective
March 8, 2014 | 10:15 am

arrivalHello! I see you’re not taking part in the National Day of Unplugging either. Which is good, since that means you’re still able to read e-books. It’s the tail end of Read an E-Book Week, and here are a few intriguing freebies from Twilight Times Books. Provided in DRM-free PDF, and often EPUB and MOBI, these e-book versions of some Twilight Times titles provide advice to writers as well as some good fiction reading. In particular, there are books on online writing, book reviews, and writing your first book. But there’s also The Case of the Displaced...

Diane Duane and Peter Morwood give away free e-books for World Book Day
March 6, 2014 | 10:53 am

coverHappy World Book Day! Just because there are no e-books involved in the “official” World Book Day promotion doesn’t mean there aren’t any to be found. Diane Duane and her husband Peter Morwood are offering one e-book each for free download today. Duane’s is the New Millennium Edition of So You Want to Be a Wizard, first in her excellent Young Wizards series. Morwood’s is Greylady, first in his Clan Wars series. If you haven’t dipped your toe yet into Young Wizards, So You Want NME is a great way to start. I reviewed it for...

NoiseTrade makes a noise for books
February 8, 2014 | 3:50 pm

noisetradeFree music distribution site NoiseTrade has taken a sideways move into books, duplicating its free download model for ebooks and audiobooks. NoiseTrade operates on the basis of swapping free content for marketing data. "Artists upload an album, EP, single, or live recording," the site explains. " Artists get email addresses and zip codes for everyone who downloads their music. Artist meet fan. Fan meet artists." And as of now, self-published authors, and presumably publishers as well, are in a position to do the same as musicians. As of now, the site only offers a small selection of titles, many of them already...

Metropolitan Museum of Art publications online for free
August 4, 2013 | 1:53 pm

Metropolitan Museum of Art Fans of New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art, and e-book freebie hoarders everywhere, will be delighted to learn that the Museum has made literally hundreds of its backlist titles, exhibition catalogs, artist monographs and so on, available for download as high-quality PDFs - completely for free. This terrific resource has been around for quite some time, but little advertised. Many of the books are old, and not all are going to be of interest to general readers ("Age of Spirituality: Late Antique and Early Christian Art, Third to Seventh Century," anyone?), but the gems are real jewels. A 405-page 1989 exhibition catalogue...

Amazon Update: Fun Friday Kindle e-books and more
August 2, 2013 | 6:31 pm

AmazonBy Moe Zilla I’ve been amazed by just how many discounts Amazon has started offering on their Kindle e-books. Right now there’s at least three different sales going on, plus at least one fascinating free e-book that just turned up in Amazon’s Kindle Store. And there was some surprising news about Amazon this week, including an article about how they’re pricing their books. Here’s some fun links to both the sales and the stories, to help you celebrate the arrival of the weekend with your Kindle! Amazon Discounts 500 More E-Books! The best discount is a surprise discount, and browsing Amazon this week I discovered a very special announcement:...

Want 4,000 pages of free science fiction, no pirating required?
July 18, 2013 | 3:49 pm

science fictionIn honor of its fifth anniversary, Tor.com is offering a free e-book of all the original fiction published on its site in one handy edition. All you have to do is register with the site (painless), and you can download it. It's DRM-free (here's looking at you, Joanna) and available in EPUB, Kindle and PDF. Fair warning: It's a monster. The EPUB is the smallest file, at 68 MB. Eyeballing the table of contents, it looks like you'll be getting 150 stories and some amazing authors, including Gregory Benford, Elizabeth Bear, John Scalzi, Stephen Brust, Brandon Sanderson and more. Each story includes cover...

Orkney’s Edwin Muir shows the strengths of Project Gutenberg Canada
July 2, 2013 | 8:25 pm

Project GutenbergThe remote Scottish Orkney Islands have a remarkably strong cultural presence for their few bleak acres of windswept turf. As it happens, it is just that heritage that is being celebrated right now in the year-long series of events entitled Writing the North, "a collaboration between the University of Edinburgh, the Shetland Museum and Archives and the Orkney Library and Archive." And one of the great Orcadian writers, the poet, novelist and cultural controversialist Edwin Muir (1887–1959), happens to be available in e-book form completely for free from Project Gutenberg Canada in an edition that showcases that institution's strengths, his 1937 collection...

Buzz Books 2013 is now available free from Publishers Lunch
June 2, 2013 | 7:01 pm

Buzz BooksThe latest edition of the always-free Buzz Books sampler series put out by Publishers Lunch was scheduled to coincide with this year's BookExpo America convention, which wrapped up yesterday. Titled "Buzz Books 2013 Fall/Winter," it's a completely free e-book made up of 40 pre-publication excerpts of books that will be appearing on store shelves in the coming months. This season's edition features new fiction from Elizabeth Gilbert, Sue Grafton, Wally Lamb, Jonathan Lethem, Amy Tan, and even James Franco--everyone's favorite gentleman of letters. Excerpts from upcoming children's books and nonfiction work are featured in the new edition as well (including something from the New Yorker's...

Ernst & Young Releases “Mobile Banking,” a Free Financial Services E-Book
May 7, 2013 | 3:10 pm

Mobile BankingThe University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School, if you're not familiar with it, is generally agreed upon as being one of the finest graduate business schools in the country. Unbeknownst to TeleRead until just earlier today, however, was the school's online business analysis journal. It's called Knowledge@Wharton, and we've learned that the smart minds behind the website recently teamed up with Ernst & Young to produce a free, video-enhanced e-book titled Mobile Banking: Financial Services Meet the Electronic Wallet.  "Mobile banking is far more than simply online banking by using mobile phones," according to a press release that accompanied the e-book's launch. "Banks...

Cord Cutters, Digital Mooches and the Content Conundrum of the Future
March 29, 2013 | 2:15 pm

Cord Cutters Dan linked to a great article in today's Morning Links roundup about 'digital mooches,' aka the 20-somethings who may be leaving Mom and Dad's house in the coming years, yet seem to have no plans to leave their parents' cell phone contracts or Netflix subscriptions. I read this article with interest; I'd just read another about 'cord cutters,' aka the cable-free, and how the content industry is wringing their hands about what to do with these people. It seems these articles, read together, paint an ominous pattern: The kids aren't paying because they get it for 'free' at home. Then they turn...