Tuesday, January 18, 2011
PUBLIC DOMAIN E-BOOK CHALLENGE
Public Domain E-book Challenge hosted by Retroredux's Reviews.
*click the button to sign up
I received a Nook about 6 months ago and I love it. My favorite thing is discovering new (to me) book offerings under the various sites that promote their organization's scanning and saving of these otherwise vanishing books once they hit the "public domain". All of these books are FREE-a bonus to a thrifty reader.
A few sites with public domain books (there is lots of overlap between the sites):
Google Books-to find the public domain books, search for a book under any subject, after the items come up, click "full view" on the left hand side of the page (these are the free books).
The Internet Archive-Search under "Texts" header.
Manybooks.net-Very "newbie" ereader friendly.
Note: after so many downloads they do have a non offensive "if you'd like to help please donate" pop up-that is up to you. (I'm in no way affiliated with this site.)
Project Gutenberg-the site that started it all
Project Gutenberg Australia
http://www.classicreader.com/ site has almost 4000 public domain books that you can read on site-no downloading or ereader required:) (thanks Mommy Wants to Read)
The one problem I saw was that many or even most of these books-there is little to no information of what they are about, or even reviews to let others know what they are about. But, that's part of the fun!
I feel it behooves us as the reading community to help these volunteers "save" these books-simply by giving them "press". Read them, review them, and by doing so, get the word out to other readers about these undiscovered gems.
1-Pick a level of participation for the year:
"newbie"level-read and review 3 public domain books (non bloggers will just post reviews in the reviews comments page)
"advanced" level-read and review 6 public domain books (non bloggers will just post reviews in the reviews comments page)
That's about it-easy peasey:) You pick the book, genre, length, etc. Readers who don't own a e-reader are welcome as well (e-reader apps on phones, etc or just read on your PC). You can cross this over with other challenges as well.
I'm going to start out aiming for the "newbie" level.
1. Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell
2. The Mysteries of Udolpho by Ann Radcliffe
3. History of letter-writing by William Roberts