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"Everything we read stimulates our mind to think, and what we think determines what we desire, and desires are the seedbed of our actions. Given this iron law of human nature--from reading to thinking, to desiring, to acting--we are shaping our destiny by the ideas we choose to have enter our minds through print." - Fr. John Hardon, S.J., The Catholic Lifetime Reading Plan

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Thursday, March 08, 2007

Free EBooks for Portable Devices

I'm attending an educational technology conference this week, and my first workshop was a terrific presentation by Karen Fasimpaur on using handhelds in schools. As she was telling us about eBook readers for the Palm like Mobipocket, Plucker and eReader, she mentioned two sites for free books: manybooks.net and memoware.com. Both sites have thousands of ebooks for download, many of them classics that are out of copyright in the United States.

As more people begin to embrace handhelds, sites like these will become more popular. Manybooks.net reports that in 2005 alone over 10,000 people downloaded H. G. Wells' War of the Worlds.

My mother told me to always carry a book with me, because you never know when you're going to have a long wait and reading a book is a great way to use your time. Now I can carry many books with me. So if you have Palm, iPod, Pocket PC, or other handheld device, be sure to check these sites out. And, since today is the day that Sherwood Anderson passed away in 1941, why not start by downloading Winesburg, Ohio from Manybooks.net?

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