No, this article is not about police academy. Project Gutenburg is a website that has a huge selection of free E-Books that are viewable on portable devices like iPads or Desktop Computers. I’ve already found some interesting books on Buddhism and some nice copies of Edgar Allen Poe stories. You can visit the Project Gutenburg website by clicking HERE. This was an excellent find that I came across when looking at the references for a Wikipedia entry. So that goes to show how useful checking something’s references can be.
I just tested downloading a book directly into iBooks and it worked flawlessly. I find that downloading the “ePUB” version of the online books is the easiest way to get a book into iBooks. There are many reasons why I prefer to read books in the paper format rather than digital formats. Those are how you can have a visceral experience with the pages, make notes, talk to people and share a physical book. But there are some actual advantages to an e-Book that I cannot deny. One of those would be portability but that’s obvious. Another thing to think about would be how the footnote system works for iBooks. Oftentimes, footnotes and endnotes can be touched and then you are taken to the correct place where the note is. Then you can immediately learn what the term is and then touch another button and be taken to the exact page you were just at. The convenience is undenyable.
Another thing to think about is that paper is not very expensive, but ink is. So printing entire long epics can burn a printer cartridge. So even having a free copy of a book in digital format may not make a whole bunch of sense if you have to print it out in order to make it portable. The iBooks in conjunction with Project Gutenburg makes this possible.
Since I read mostly non-fiction books this Project Gutenburg is very appealing to me, especially since it is one more thing to do while waiting for people to take their turns in Words With Friends.
By using Project Gutenburg one can read books without having to risk getting a book that they may not necessarily enjoy. And since most of the books on Project Gutenburg are older books that have expired their copyright, a lot of them are quite good.
I seriously hope you enjoy the site. And if you find any good books that you want to recommend, go ahead and leave a comment below.