Calling all Bibliophiles

15 Apr

Okay… technically maybe bookworm would be a better term since I’m talking about digital media… but I digress. I recently joined a cool website that has free ebooks available online for download. Wowio is a pretty interesting concept. They get publishers to make their books available online for free download. The revenue comes from companies who pay to have their advertising included in the 1st couple of pages of each book they sponsor. The books come in .pdf format. There isn’t a whole lot available yet, but some of what they have is interesting. If you are into comics and graphic novels they seem to have a decent collection. You can always make requests for certain types of books that you are interested in. I hear they try really hard to accommodate that kind of interest. You may download up to 3 books per day and a maximum of 30 books per month. There is a queue available. (Almost exactly the same to blockbuster.com if you do that DVD by mail thing.) I have currently 32 books in my queue.

You must have a non anonymous email address to sign up. ie: Hotmail, gmail, etc. don’t work. You can change your main contact email to whatever as soon as you finish the registration process. I actually didn’t get my confirmation email and had to email customer service. They were very prompt (1 day) about replying to me and getting me set up. ^_^

I still love the whole sensory experience of reading a physical book, but this is a great way to read some books I otherwise wouldn’t buy or go to the trouble of borrowing from the library.

Some books from my DL history and queue:

  • The Theory of Everything: The Origin and Fate of the Universe by Stephen W. Hawking
  • Knitting Beyond the Basics: Skill-Building Lessons and Must-Have Projects by Rebecca Lennox
  • The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle
  • The Early Works of Dr. Seuss – Volume 1 by Theodor Seuss Geisel
  • Learn Excel 97-2007 From Mr. Excel: 377 Excel Mysteries Solved by Bill Jelen
  • Sonnets by William Shakespeare
  • Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
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