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Another amazing site seems entirely to have escaped my notice.

Librivox is a project to provide readings of books in the public domain recorded by volunteers.

I am as I write this busily downloading a selection: Max Carrados stories by Ernest Bramah, some Lovecraft stories, a couple of PG Wodehouse Jeeves collections and William Hope Hodgson’s House on the Borderland.

Looks like Olaf Stapledon isn’t there yet so I might volunteer to read Star Maker… although maybe I should start with something a little less ambitious.

This incredible site was recommended in this post at Futurismic. I checked it out, joined immediately and started adding such brain-watering classics as Olaf Stapledon’s Starmaker, David Lindsay’s A Voyage to Arcturus and William Hope Hodgson’s The Night Land (gratuitous namedrop: WHH shares my initials and first two names and was my great-great-uncle) to my favourites.

So, apart from supporting great new writers by buying their books, going to their readings, commenting on their blogs etc. and maybe occasionally indulging in splashing out on the odd collectible re-issue, there really is no excuse to be spending money on classics that have passed their copyright, or for them to have to be made from trees.

I need (or is it want?) an eReader! Now! Particularly for me here in Barbados, where buying new books is prohibitively expensive – they have to be imported, taxed etc. etc. or carried in luggage that rapidly exceeds its weight allowance with even the most modest of libraries. It would be very useful and brilliant to have all these wonderful books to hand (most of which I have hard copies of in storage in London). I’m saving up for one…

Follow the link to get free ebooks.

Follow the link to get free ebooks.

I quote from the site:

The eScholarship Editions collection includes almost 2000 books from academic presses on a range of topics, including art, science, history, music, religion, and fiction.

Access to the entire collection of electronic books is open to all University of California faculty, staff, and students, while over 500 of the titles are available to the public. Print versions of many of the electronic books can be purchased directly from the publishers.

Nice.

I quote from the site:

The eScholarship Editions collection includes almost 2000 books from academic presses on a range of topics, including art, science, history, music, religion, and fiction.

Access to the entire collection of electronic books is open to all University of California faculty, staff, and students, while over 500 of the titles are available to the public. Print versions of many of the electronic books can be purchased directly from the publishers.

Nice.

Maya

Ainu

Siberia and the North Pacific

Europe

Someone send me an Iliad, please…

Maya

Ainu

Siberia and the North Pacific

Europe

Someone send me an Iliad, please…

So, I clicked to read the Walter Roth book mentioned previously and it says it was put together by the splendidly named Forgotten Books.

I’m going there now.

So, I clicked to read the Walter Roth book mentioned previously and it says it was put together by the splendidly named Forgotten Books.

I’m going there now.

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