July 1, 2009

Free Books......yummmmmmmmm

Who doesn't love free stuff? Especially when it comes to homeschooling, we can all use whatever resources come our way.....with the cost of curriculum, and the current economy, every little bit helps. I hope these bless you as they have me:

Google Books - I love this!! Actually anything with free books is my best friend, as I am a bookworm. Just type in what you are searching for (title, subject, or author), and they will come back with a listing. If it says "full view", it means the entire book is available. I usually download them in pdf format, as it is easier to read. If it says "snippet view" or "preview", it means that only a small view of the book is available. This is usually the case when a book is still copyrighted.

Google Scholar - I haven't used this portion of Google as much as the books section, but it looks wonderful. From the website: "
Google Scholar provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature. From one place, you can search across many disciplines and sources: peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, abstracts and articles, from academic publishers, professional societies, preprint repositories, universities and other scholarly organizations. Google Scholar helps you identify the most relevant research across the world of scholarly research."

Project Gutenberg - Again, a FAVORITE of mine. Free books to keep you reading for the rest of your life. They have the option to download in pdf, text, or html. They also offer zip files for most downloads, so that it is quicker, which is a blessing on a slow internet connection.

The Online Books Page - from UPENN, a great resource of searchable books. Search by title, author, subject, and serial. Usually leads you to an outside site like Gutenberg, or Internet Archive, but definitely worth bookmarking.

Internet Archive - free texts, articles, music, etc. This is really an amazing site, and you will end up spending hours here!

Free-ebooks - This looks like a good site so far. You will need to sign up for a free account, but offers a myriad of reading material, sorted by subject. Lots of self-published authors. Be sure to check that the download you wanted is what you actually get. In one case I wanted to try downloading a book on debt reduction, and got a book on creating your own software.

Ok, that should keep you busy for awhile lol. I'm off to drop my car at the garage. I will post more freebies later today.

Be blessed!

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