You now should have at least one eBook reader and
a fair understanding of the formats and file extensions involved.
Now the question should be dawning on you "where do I get an eBook?"
Unlike the rest of this guide, this answer is extremely simple -
"just about anywhere".
At the moment you have a variety of novels, poetry,
plays, short stories, self-help and even web-exclusives (meaning
that they are from a famous author but will not be released through
retail channels) to choose from. Many of the older works are free
while others can be purchased at a greatly discounted (when compared
to retail) price.
The purpose of this guide is not to delve into every
site that distributes eBooks but rather to examine some of the larger
sites. If you are a site owner who distributes eBooks, please contact
us to have your name added to this list.
- A great mix of non-fiction reference, technology books and fiction
novels. Titles in both Palm OS and Pocket PC format, as well as
desktop via Microsoft Reader for Windows Desktops.
Memoware - probably
the most renown site for free eBooks, Memoware contains many classical
works that were converted from Project Gutenberg texts, independent
authors, computer manuals and information that was culled together
from a multitude of sources.
Project Gutenberg - Project Gutenberg was the original
eBook repository. It contains the most extensive collection of eBooks
that have had their copyrights expire and were not renewed. It is
also a great place to do research regarding government documents
since many people, wanting to further freedom of information, have
scanned freely available documents and reports from the government.
Memoware contains books of every format for every device - however,
because every book is independently donated to Memoware, a book
may only be available in one particular format.
- a site that operates primarily on commercial eBooks. Users can
create an account, purchase books and have the books available in
their 'library' (which are available to download at any time) and
can read them on their computer or their mobile device.
Barnes & Noble - while they are shutting down their
eBook section it would seem prudent, given their popularity on the
eBook scene, to mention their online store. It offers the most comprehensive
commercial eBook market offering many well-made and beautifully
formatted eBooks by world-renown authors.
Blackmask Online - Another one of the free eBook titans,
Blackmask offers a very extensive library of free eBooks for every
platform. Like Memoware however, all books are not available in