Are You Still Paying for Books?November 10, 2007
For those who love to read, or those who simply like to sit down with a great book, here is one suggestion to save you a mint. Go to Project Gutenberg, one of the oldest websites on the Internet (meaning it has been around for at least 10 years) and download one of their more than 100,000 books available. That’s right…over 100,000 books can be downloaded for free.
Now, there won’t be any new books by Stephen King, Macomber or Vince Flynn, but there are some unbelievable titles you can read. In fact, there are many who believe that this project is saving books that will eventually deteriorate due to the acid in the paper. I just finished reading “The Crysalids” by John Wyndham and am going to read another two or three this weekend (probably “Beowulf” in advance of the movie).
One curious note however. They list the most popular downloaded books on that site. The most popular book on the site is “Manual of Surgery Volume First: General Surgery. Sixth Edition. by Miles and Thomson”
That freaks me out that there are so many people wanting to learn to do surgery. That is the “do-it-yourself” craze taken to a whole-new, and frightening, level.
Look over the list…are there any that excite you?