If you’re into e-books, you’ve doubtless discovered how many freebies are available for download from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Project Gutenberg. Many of these are classic works of literature that have been available on the web for years, but it appears that the added convenience of downloading them wirelessly is creating a new audience among e-readers. Just take a look at Amazon’s list of Top 100 Free downloads. As I’m writing this, the Top 15 includes The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes at number 6, Pride and Prejudice (without zombies) at 10, A Christmas Carol at 12, and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland at 14. Farther down the list are Treasure Island, War and Peace, The Scarlet Letter, Little Women, and on and on. I’ve been bitten by this bug myself and downloaded several of that long list of classic works I always meant to read but never got around to.
If you have a Kindle, check out this blog post on how to download the free Gutenberg library books directly to your Kindle. Although many of these are available for free download from Amazon, a recent Washington Post article reports that Amazon has begun charging for many of the books that can be had for free directly from Gutenberg. As for me, I’ve just downloaded A Christmas Carol and look forward to a visit from Marley’s ghost in the original version.