Thursday, June 24, 2010

Web 2.0 step 9: Digital Downloads

Bloggy McBlogblog.

Checking out the things offered on The Gutenburg Project was sort of disappointing, until I realized they can't just post any books online for free--they probably have to post things that are in the public domain. So I thought "What would I be interested in available in the public domain?" There is a book called The Water Babies: A Fairy Tale for a Land Baby by Charles Kingsley that is supposed to be similar in style to Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. It was first published a couple of years before Carroll's book. So I looked, and sure enough, there it was. I don't think I would enjoy reading it on a computer screen, but it would be easier to use as a reference if I needed to find a specific passage, I can just Ctrl+F and search for it.

As for the eAudioBooks, there are some fun things on that site that are only a click away. I checked out Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, a book I've been meaning to read for quite some time. I like that Kate Jacob's Friday Night Knitting Club series is available for download as well. We'll see how far I get with audio books (I've never been a huge fan), but I like that I can download it all at once instead of ripping it disc by disc to my computer.

In physical paper book news, I'm starting Chelsea Handler's new book, Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang today. I can't wait, I have loved both of her previous books and this one probably won't disappoint.

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