If you’re in the mood for reading a few good books, but don’t enjoy the hassle of turning pages, spilling coffee over the words and prefer to save a couple of trees, then electronic books, or e-books are what you need.
Fans of Harry Potter may recall when early copies of the seventh book were leaked and a generous owner photographed every page from it and posted it online. This premature release prompted early readings and inevitable spoiling of the plot. While that is one way of reading books online, there are legitimate alternatives to be had.
There is the option of simply searching for PDF versions of books on the Internet, and hope your query finds the droids you’re looking for, but there are Web sites dedicated to providing open source material.
One popular Web site for downloading and reading literary classics, poetry, and other works of fiction is Project Gutenberg. This online library carries over 100,000 works of fiction, with over 28,000 being complete books. Readers can find anything from William Shakespeare to Jane Austen to George Orwell.
An easy way of finding what you’re looking for is to use the search feature that finds books by author or by title. Then you’ll find all of the possible matches, which also includes versions of the book in multiple languages.
You may also notice that some works may have an audio clip associated with it. This is definitely important for certain poems, because of the rhyme scheme or whatever the key sound the author is trying to create with words. So that’s another option Gutenberg offers.
Everything on this site is completely free and is made possible by volunteers and donations. These works can not only be available to view on your computer, but can also be viewed on PDA’s and smart phones; allowing readers to take their books with them on the go, without lugging around the vile grimoires.
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