Free eBooks from Microsoft including H G Wells, Aesop and Other Major Authors
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Free eBooks from Microsoft including H G Wells, Aesop and Other Major Authors

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Found 23rd Dec 2006
Free eBooks including: The Time Machine H. G. Wells # Fables Aesop for example. Free eBook with direct download. Courtesy of the University of Virginia Library Electronic Text Center, providing classic British and American fiction, major authors, children's literature, American history, Shakespeare, African-American documents and more...

Thanks to JohnGB3b for the find!

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Project Gutenberg is also fantastic for ebooks and has the largest collection I have seen anywhere. They are basically trying to get all out of copyright books into the system, and are doing a damn good job: they have 20,000 on there already! There are also quite a few audiobooks on there too.

See ]http//ww…org for more info and to download the books.

Original Poster

Thanks for the info That_Bloke The audio books will be very useful for a family member and there's a great choice of eBooks Thanks ;-)

Original Poster

Welcome to HotUKDeals Flyopa and Thanks for the link Some good books in there too, but are they legal downloads?

rayman

Welcome to HotUKDeals Flyopa and Thanks for the link Some good books … Welcome to HotUKDeals Flyopa and Thanks for the link Some good books in there too, but are they legal downloads?


What do you mean by 'legal downloads'?
They are there and they are free. But this is a very controversial subject.
I download, read, and delete.
I can go to my local library get a book out, read it and take it back.
For the books to be on an ebook site. Someone somewhere has purchased them. So they have been placed for people to borrow. It is the same as the lending library.
I may be wrong in my thinking.

I think you may be wrong in your thinking

I can borrow music cds from my local library but you cannot legally upload copyright protected music files to allow others to 'borrow' them by downloading them.

I still looking for a direct link for the police auctions ebooks. :oops:

Premier

I think you may be wrong in your thinkingI can borrow music cds from my … I think you may be wrong in your thinkingI can borrow music cds from my local library but you cannot legally upload copyright protected music files to allow others to 'borrow' them by downloading them.


I also think that this is a 'Black hole' sort of thing. With copyright on literature and photos you would need the authors permission to use. But when someone does so it normaly is for profit.
When a text is out of copyright, because of the time lapse and in most cases the author is dead. Why is there this law? It is still someones work. So that means that you can now use the book, photo for profit.
There are many places on the internet where you can go and download photos for wallpapers for free.
I think that ebooks are another can of worms that realy need to be explored.

Flypopa

I also think that this is a 'Black hole' sort of thing. With copyright on … I also think that this is a 'Black hole' sort of thing. With copyright on literature and photos you would need the authors permission to use. But when someone does so it normaly is for profit.When a text is out of copyright, because of the time lapse and in most cases the author is dead. Why is there this law? It is still someones work. So that means that you can now use the book, photo for profit.There are many places on the internet where you can go and download photos for wallpapers for free.I think that ebooks are another can of worms that realy need to be explored.


No, they usually do so to prevent the author or copyright holder from obtaining the money they are rightfully due and allow others to 'steal' that work.

Making copyright protected eBooks available for free is no different to all those illegal russian mp3 sites that did the same to the music industry.

Of course if the books are not covered by copyright, then there is not an issue, but you suggested there were many 'modern titles' available from that russian link. I believe any copyright protection expires 50 years after the death of the copyright holder.

You are quite correct Premier. I suppose it is a question of morals.
I am an avid reader. I would visit my library a couple of times a week. Then I found ebooks that I could read on my Ipaq PDA. I would visit sites such as Blackmask and Project Gutenburg. Then I found Greylib.
As I said its a question of morals.

Pity about the Blackmask...:oops: Mobipcoket has good eNews as well - like BBC.
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