Wednesday, May 16, 2012
If you've gotten comfortable using OverDrive (Maryland's subscription service for ebooks), perhaps you've found the limit of four ebooks checked out at a time to be a bit constrictive. Ready to get eclectic with your reading tastes? Give openlibrary.org a try.
Open Library's humble mission is to create "one web page for every book ever written." And plenty of those books are in the public domain as ebooks. To date, Open Library has over 20,000,000 book records, and nearly 3,000,000 of those books are available digitally. Some can only be accessed via Maryland's subscription to OverDrive, but the Internet Archive and participating libraries have also selected digitized books from their collections that are available to be borrowed by one patron at a time from anywhere in the world for free. These books are in BookReader, PDF, and ePub formats (and Daisy for the print disabled). Give it a try! Parenting advice from the 1950's, quaintly outdated cookbooks, esoteric fiction. It's good to be well-rounded.