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Some really useful how-tos from the Open University

By Paul St John Mackintosh
September 17, 2015 // 0 Comments

As many will know, the Open University is the UK’s leading provider of distance learning at college level, which exists to “promote educational opportunity and social justice by providing high-quality university education to all who wish to realise their ambitions and fulfil their [...]

Simon & Schuster to offer free e-books to customers

By Chris Meadows
August 20, 2015 // 0 Comments

Digital Book World is carrying a press release reporting that Simon & Schuster is entering a partnership to give e-books away to customers who book stays through (That certainly gives new meaning to their slogan “Be smart. Book smart.”) The titles will be distributed via Glose, [...]

Open Culture puts 110 free philosophy books online

By Paul St John Mackintosh
November 13, 2014 // 1 Comment

The website Open Culture, offering “the best free cultural and educational media on the web,” has announced the release of a collection of 110 works of philosophy, “from Aristotle to Nietzsche & Wittgenstein,” for free access online. And although, despite the wording of [...]

Moscow Metro goes cultural afficionado with free classic ebook downloads

By Paul St John Mackintosh
November 8, 2014 // 0 Comments

Whatever your opinion about Russia’s politics, LGBT tolerance, etc., you can’t deny Russian commitment to the great heritage of Russian culture and Russian literature. And the Moscow Metro has pulled off the kind of cultural initiative that many other global metropolises can only envy [...]

Diane Duane and Peter Morwood give away free e-books for World Book Day

By Chris Meadows
March 6, 2014 // 0 Comments

Happy World Book Day! Just because there are no e-books involved in the “official” World Book Day promotion doesn’t mean there aren’t any to be found. Diane Duane and her husband Peter Morwood are offering one e-book each for free download today. Duane’s is the New Millennium Edition of [...]

NoiseTrade makes a noise for books

By Paul St John Mackintosh
February 8, 2014 // 3 Comments

Free music distribution site NoiseTrade has taken a sideways move into books, duplicating its free download model for ebooks and audiobooks. NoiseTrade operates on the basis of swapping free content for marketing data. “Artists upload an album, EP, single, or live recording,” the site [...]

Metropolitan Museum of Art publications online for free

By Paul St John Mackintosh
August 4, 2013 // 1 Comment

Fans of New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, and e-book freebie hoarders everywhere, will be delighted to learn that the Museum has made literally hundreds of its backlist titles, exhibition catalogs, artist monographs and so on, available for download as high-quality PDFs – [...]

Want 4,000 pages of free science fiction, no pirating required?

By Juli Monroe, TeleRead
July 18, 2013 // 3 Comments

In honor of its fifth anniversary, is offering a free e-book of all the original fiction published on its site in one handy edition. All you have to do is register with the site (painless), and you can download it. It’s DRM-free (here’s looking at you, Joanna) and available in [...]

Orkney's Edwin Muir shows the strengths of Project Gutenberg Canada

By Paul St John Mackintosh
July 2, 2013 // 0 Comments

The remote Scottish Orkney Islands have a remarkably strong cultural presence for their few bleak acres of windswept turf. As it happens, it is just that heritage that is being celebrated right now in the year-long series of events entitled Writing the North, “a collaboration between the [...]

Buzz Books 2013 is now available free from Publishers Lunch

By Dan Eldridge
June 2, 2013 // 2 Comments

The latest edition of the always-free Buzz Books sampler series put out by Publishers Lunch was scheduled to coincide with this year’s BookExpo America convention, which wrapped up yesterday. Titled “Buzz Books 2013 Fall/Winter,” it’s a completely free e-book made up of 40 [...]

Cord Cutters, Digital Mooches and the Content Conundrum of the Future

By Joanna Cabot
March 29, 2013 // 1 Comment

Dan linked to a great article in today’s Morning Links roundup about ‘digital mooches,’ aka the 20-somethings who may be leaving Mom and Dad’s house in the coming years, yet seem to have no plans to leave their parents’ cell phone contracts or Netflix subscriptions. I [...]

The Growing Pains of Read an E-Book Week

By Joanna Cabot
March 18, 2013 // 1 Comment

Rich Adin, a professional editor, has a thoughtful essay up about Read an E-Book Week. He says he has seen many complaints on author boards that authors’ sales did not appreciably benefit from the RAEW sale, and he offers some reasons for why that might be (e.g., authors choosing too-small [...]

Only two more days to enter our Guy Kawasaki APE giveaway!

By Dan Eldridge
March 6, 2013 // 0 Comments

If you haven’t already entered our Guy Kawasaki giveaway, now’s the time: We’ll be announcing the winners in just two days, but that’s more than enough time to join the party. We’re giving away two free copies of Kawasaki’s new book, which is already being [...]

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