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Buying Ebooks

Discussion in 'The Pub' started by conspiracytheorist, Feb 20, 2008.

  1. Hi guys.

    A friend of mine is vision impaired and often needs the digital version of books for uni classes so that she can read them using her reading software that converts text to speech. The uni tries to digitize the books for her, but by the time they have them ready its near exam time and she's very very very far behind.

    Normally I scour the net and do the best I can to find free text versions of the books/novels/etc that she needs, but any newish stuff is impossible to get.

    So does anyone know of any great ebook sites where they have HEAPS of texts online, including classics and less well known books? I'm talking about buying them online of course.

    Thanks for any help you can give me
  2. You probably won't need to pay for what you want. Many of the books you want are available free on line. I've been into e-books since I first bought a Palm Pilot. Search the web and you'll find (literally) 100's of 1000's of books available.

    What subjects is she doing? I'll see what I can find.

    Here's some sites I can recommend from experience.

    First off - Project Gutenberg. The Australian branch is at http://gutenberg.net.au/

    http://etext.library.adelaide.edu.au/ Adelaide Uni's ebooks - all sorts of stuff (& free). Classic works of Literature, Philosophy, Science, and History.

    http://www.baen.com/library/defaultTitles.htm For something lighter - The Baen Free Library - excellent collection of Science Fiction & Fantasy by major authors.

    http://etext.virginia.edu/ebooks/ University of Virginia's e-text library - over 2000 texts. Again they are free.

    http://www.mobipocket.com for more commercial (some free)
  3. Thanks so much for taking the time to respond with the links.

    I use gutenburg and a few others for getting them free, but they're all literature that is old enough to not hold copyright anymore, hence newer stuff online is actually illegal so people hosting it is much harder to find.

    I'll add those links to my cache of places to check, I find I need to go through alot of those sites and usually this way I can find at least 60-70% of the texts she needs.

    Thanks on her behalf too :)
  4. There is newer free stuff - The Baen Free Library is mostly current stuff.

    What subjects is she interested in. I was involved in the online learning area for a while and I managed the TAFE Virtual Campus web site. I can follow up for you in specific areas. Some US Universities have placed current texts on line.
  5. Mainly english lit subjects. The one I'm trying to find at the moment is
    'Foe' by J. M. Coetzee (1986)

    But I haven't had a chance to search through those sites for it yet.
  6. *cough* usenet *cough*


    to name a few...
  7. bad,... baaaaaaddd... baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaadddd

    Go to a library, get the book, scan it, Adobe will make a text out of it..
    It is good for 10 pages, it is too time consuming for a book.
    If she is after a specific text, then do the above
    If she wants something equivalent, i notice that libraries have a lot of audio book. Most of the USA literature comes with an audio book these days, as their hands are filled with burgers and they can only listen to books.
  8. Difficult to scan books with several hundred pages! :S At least its difficult without cutting the spine off and shoving it in a scanner tray :cool: But can't do that. And not looking for 'some books to read', but rather very specific books assigned by uni classes for study.

    Cheers for the links lads I'm sure it'll be a big help.