Ahhh, the joys of the eBook. While the eBook isnt exactly cutting-edge technology, I wanted to express my appreciation for those whove made it possible to download and read amazing pieces of work for free.
One of my favorite eBook Web sites is Project Gutenberg, which is aptly named after the first known printing press in the Western world. Visitors to this site can download as many of the 16,000-plus books as they please and read them without paying one red cent.
Project Gutenberg is a nonprofit organization whose mission is simply to make available as many texts as possible to anyone, anywhere, anytime. Keep in mind that the eBooks on this site dont have much aesthetic appealtheyre all in simple ASCII format because ASCII is one of the most widely recognized formats on all types of machines worldwide.
Not only does this organization have one of the largest selections of free eBooks on the Web, but Project Gutenberg is also one of the oldest and most organized purveyors of such texts. If youre an avid reader who, like me, cant always afford to keep up with your reading desires, then this site may be for you.
Heres a preview of what Ill be reading as soon as I am finished with school in a few weeks:
Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells
Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka
Uncle Toms Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
Of course, Project Gutenberg accepts donations, and I will gladly be giving them a drop in the PayPal bucket as I take advantage of their services. I am so giddy with excitement I cant wait to begin reading books that arent listed on a syllabus and dont have indices or glossaries or USED stickers!
So, what are you waiting for? Go ahead, get in touch with your culture Or someone elses culture Feed your brain for free.
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