Posts Tagged ‘ebooks’

Future of ebooks

November 5, 2012

We naturally follow developments in the world of ebooks with interest, so this caught our eye:

It has some good links to some of the issues – but you’ll have to be quick to submit your own evidence to the government’s review!

Stuck for something to read on the train?

June 26, 2012

This might help:

although we note that you only get access to the first chapter of a book – but it might be enough to get you through the next ‘leaves on the line’ excuse for a delay!

Dickens’ Birthday

February 7, 2012

It’s the 200th anniversary of Charles Dickens’ birthday today – even Google is celebrating with one of their occasional doodles (see below).

We won’t try to link to all the free versions of Dickens’ books which you can download for your Kindle or other, they’re easy enough to find via your favourite ebook site.

Portsmouth, Dickens’ birthplace of course, has a number of events happening and TOTD is looking forward to seeing Simon Callow reading excerpts from his new biography at the New Theatre Royal: As someone who has played Dickens on stage and even in Doctor Who (, to great acclaim, he’s the ideal choice.  You can see him talking about the great man here:



November 30, 2011

Jottify is a new space for writers to share, read and sell their work. It’s a very friendly community where budding writers can share their work and even commercialise it by selling  it in ereader format in their store. Jottify gives a generous 70% of the selling price to the writer!

If you’re not a budding writer you can read other peoples stories and support the writers you like.


September 5, 2011

With the new term fast approaching here is a website that offers free ebooks. Bookboon’s free online textbooks for students are focused and to the point. They are all written by highly respected professors from top universities in the world and cover topics such as economics, statistics, IT, engineering and natural science.

This site also has free travel guides, and the best thing is everthing is free.

Classic Book App

June 14, 2011

The British Library has launched a new app for the ipad giving access to over 60,000 19th century books. The full version of this app will launch in the summer and you’ll have to pay for it but until then a limited version is available, containing thousands of titles, that you can browse for free!

Find out more at

or download it to your ipad here

Are e-books the end of Libraries?

March 22, 2011

Can libraries and e-books co-exist – or are digital books another threat for the public service?

This film from the BBC show Click visits the British Library and investigates their plans to digitise it’s collection. The film goes on to examine the use of ebooks by lending libraries (are they making themselves redundant) and the publisher’s plan to limit this service.

Forgotten Books

January 26, 2011

If you’re short of something to read or just want to expand your reading repertoire and explore subjects you might not have considered before, take a look at Forgotten Books which publishes PDFs of, well, forgotten books.
You can even sign up for a daily email linking to a free copy of one of their hi resolution copies.

Project Gutenberg

October 4, 2010

Project Gutenberg is a fantastic project which aims to put all out of copyright books on the internet for free. So far they have over 33,000 ebooks available to download in a variety of formats. Lots of devices are supported including iPad, Kindle, Nook, Sony Reader, iPhone, iPod Touch, Android or other mobile or cell phone.

So if like TOTD you have recently bought a Kindle, it is an invaluable source of free classic literature.

Plus it you want to help out with this project you can volunteer your services as a proof reader.

Reader rights

September 27, 2010

As a Library we couldn’t miss this delight from Quentin Blake:

And of course it’s particularly relevant as ebooks achieve critical mass and possibly deprive us of the ability to loan a book to a friend, pass it on when we’re finished with it, keep it for more years than the current technological ‘fad’…