Via physorg.com I found that Project Gutenberg and World eBook Library are offering, starting today, a third of a million eBooks downloadable for free for a month.
Project Gutenberg plans to repeat this World eBook Fair every year, increasing the number of books offered to 1,000,000 free books by the 2009 Fair.
I know that Project Gutenberg offers mainly public domain books, but I'm not sure what World eBook Library offers. Perhaps more current works?
This year's books are offered in over 100 languages.
See press release here.
Project Gutenberg has an admirable goal, to make such works as Shakespeare, Dickens and Bronte easily accessible. I know that I also may not have read certain books if they weren't available on their site.
For fun I looked at Project Gutenberg's Top 100 Downloads and was somewhat dismayed and somewhat happy to see that even there popular current themes are prevalent.
Here are yesterday's top ten downloads, of which I've only downloaded #6 and #9, although now I'm thinking of downloading #2 as well...
1. The Notebooks of Leonardo Da Vinci - Complete by Leonardo da Vinci (648)
2. Kamasutra by Vatsyayana (455)
3. Fifteen Thousand Useful Phrases by Grenville Kleiser (455)
4. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (336)
5. How to Speak and Write Correctly by Joseph Devlin (297)
6. The Art of War by 6th cent. B.C. Sunzi (277)
7. Forbidden books of the original New Testament by William Wake (260)
8. Aesop's Fables by Aesop (251)
9. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (245)
10. The Time Machine by H. G. Wells (228)
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