With the rise and prominence of eBooks have come a number of resources for educators and students to access free content on virtually any device. Using e-readers, tablets, or computers; in conjunction with apps such as Kindle, Nook,iBooks, Google Play Books, and OverDrive; you can access libraries of books for free on virtually any device. By downloading these free apps, you make your device a digital reading device that is not dependent on a specific vendor.
Once you have the apps installed on your device, there are many resources you can use to find free eBooks. While books in the public domain are readily available, there are also self-published books, books available to educators, books on special promotions, and even places that will allow you to check out books temporarily. Here are a few places that you can go to find free eBooks:
Kindle books – Kindle curates a list of free and low priced books ($1.99)here; come back regularly for newly added materials, especially during promotions and the holiday season. If your school has signed up for Amazon’s Whispercast service, you can even push books directly to students’ Amazon accounts.
An illustration of the heliocentric solar system model put forward by Copernicus. Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
The Library of Congress has published selections of its Rare Books & Special Collections for public access. This is a great resource for educators looking for primary source materials or researchers wanting access to content. The digitized selections include letters, images, and other important documents that are housed by the special collections division of the Library of Congress.
The New York Times has released its list of 100 Notable Books of 2013. The list includes both fiction and non-fiction works. If you own an eReader, Tablet, or have access to a computer, you can download samples on all of these titles using Kindle eBooks or Nook eBooks. Even better, if your local library offers eBooks as a borrowing option, you can add these charge free to your library!
The Vatican has one of the most extensive collections of scholarly, religious, and literary collections in its tomes. However, the cost of its maintenance and the realities that even the best resources will not preserve them forever, has had the Holy See looking for a more permanent and high tech solution. Many see the use of technology as not only serving a conservation need, but also allowing greater access to its collection.
To learn more about the Vatican library and its endeavors to preserve its collection, see the article at MSNBC.