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Old 09-21-2000, 12:54 AM
neutron star neutron star is offline
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I don't normally applaud a large corporation for anything (let alone two large corporations working together), but I really gotta hand it to Barnes & Noble and Microsoft. Barnes and Noble's site is offering 100 free ebooks as a promotion for MS Reader. Great stuff, too. All classics. Right now, I'm reading Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne in the precious tiny bit of spare time I have and I'm loving it.

These are the books I've always wanted to read, but never had the money to buy. Melville, London, Dickens, Machiavelli, even Origin of the Species by Charles Darwin. I'm in literary heaven!

I know how the SDMB admininstration feels about commercial links, but this is simply too cool not to share! Plus, I really can't think of a better way to fight ignorance than massive amounts of great literature.

Get your ebook fix here and get 'em while they last. It's a limited-time offer.

Okay I'm starting to sound like a commercial here. I'll shut up now.
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Old 09-21-2000, 02:11 AM
yosemite yosemite is offline
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Gee thanks...

Shit! Shit shit shit!

Now I have to spend tonight downloading frigging BOOKS! I want THEM ALL!!! You've screwed up my evening, neutron star, I HOPE YOU'RE HAPPY!!! Right now I'm going through European Lit. The thing that is so nifty is that these books are small in size. The average eBook download (so far) has been about 500 K. So you could fit several "books" onto a floppy! Fabulous!

I think this URL might work:
http://ebooks.barnesandnoble.com/ms_...it_ebooks.asp?

This will take you to the European Lit page. Links on the left side to eBooks home, and other categories of books.

I'm downloading the books first, will download the reader later - since I assume they'll have that as a free download indefinitely...
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Old 09-21-2000, 02:14 AM
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That's cool. Too bad I have a hard time reading massive amounts of text on the computer, it's too hard on my eyes. Does anyone have one of those pocket books, or whatever they are called made for reading e-books? Do they help?
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Old 09-21-2000, 08:06 AM
Phobos Phobos is offline
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That's cool. Too bad I have a hard time reading massive amounts of text on the computer, it's too hard on my eyes.
With over a 1000 posts on the SDMB, you must be nearly blind by now!
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Old 09-21-2000, 12:27 PM
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Try these guys. I just bought their entire library on CD-ROM and will be reading for the rest of my life.
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Old 09-21-2000, 03:38 PM
Peta Tzunami Peta Tzunami is offline
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A Not-So-Limited-Time Offer

You can find lots of classical literature at Berkeley University Digital Library and Alex Catalogue of Electronic Texts.

Aren't most of the works of "classic literature" now in the public domain (free of copyright as their copyrights expired due to old age)? If so, there's not much profit to be made or lost in putting them out as eBooks of the net--just customer good will.
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Old 09-21-2000, 03:44 PM
tatertot tatertot is offline
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With over a 1000 posts on the SDMB, you must be nearly blind by now!
But it took me a year to get that! Reading short snippets, like on a message board is no problem, but reading great big hunks of text wears my eyes out. In fact, I usually can't finish unusually long posts, because it's too hard to read.

Unless those new portable e-book readers are really easier on the eyes, I don't guess I'll be downloading books. It's a shame, too, because I love reading.
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Old 09-21-2000, 11:10 PM
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This is indeed cool, Neutron Star.
Thanks.
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Old 09-22-2000, 12:13 AM
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Well, I downloaded about 25 books (and will probably get a few more tonight ) and I downloaded and install MS Reader. It's pretty nifty! Thanks neutron star!
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