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awesomely free summer reading

June 10th, 2008 . by maria

The following are all now sans-copyright, freely available, no DRM, etc. offered by Since they offer txt format, you can download it in a way that makes it readable on most platforms, and easy to transfer to another platform if you need to. Plus, the below were probably on some reading list you were supposed to read at some point anyway…besides being touchstones of our culture.

Common Sense by Thomas Paine

The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux

The Mysterious Stranger by Mark Twain

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

The Arabian Nights by Andrew Lang

classics and cookbooks

June 10th, 2008 . by maria

Gutenberg FREE BOOKS:

Coming Home by Edith Wharton

White Fang by Jack London

Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman

Spirits in Bondage by C.S. Lewis

The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams

365 Luncheon Dishes by Anonymous

The Community Cook Book by Anonymous

free books

March 24th, 2008 . by maria

Egocentric Orbit by John Cory
The Capgras Shift by Sam Vaknin
The Aliens by [pseud.] Murray Leinster
Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay
The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne
Odysseus, the Hero of Ithaca by Homer :

Quotes and Books

December 5th, 2007 . by maria

“The price of discipline is always less than the pain of regret” –

“If evil be said of thee, and if it be true, correct thyself; if it be a lie, laugh at it.” – Epictetus

“When we judge or criticize another person, it says nothing about that person; it merely says something about our own need to be critical.” – Unknown

“Constant kindness can accomplish much. As the sun makes ice melt, kindness causes misunderstanding, mistrust and hostility to evaporate.” – Albert Schweitzer

Albert Einstein: “The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources.”

• When we rationalize things we tend to cut ourselves slack and lean towards the option with the least effort.
• The more excuses I make the more tedious it gets, the less polished my skills.
– Baron VC ,

Everytime money changes hands, the Government gets a little piece of it. In theory, if money changes hands often enough, THE GOVERNMENT GETS ALL OF IT!! -Anonymous

Recent good-looking books from Gutenberg:

A Martian Odyssey by Stanley Grauman Weinbaum >

They had some Shakespeare and DH Lawrence up recently, too, but I didn’t save the links. Check it out at

Space, Pirates, Jules Verne

September 25th, 2007 . by maria

Recent Gutenberg Free text releases

Masters of Space by Edward Everett Evans and E. E. Smith

The Pirate of Panama by William MacLeod Raine

The English at the North Pole by Jules Verne

DIY, Sci-Fi, and Classics at Gutenberg free books

September 12th, 2007 . by maria

Things To Make by Archibald Williams

Camping For Boys by Henry William Gibson

Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz by L. Frank Baum

Warning from the Stars by Ron Cocking

The Burning Bridge by Poul William Anderson

The Impossibles by Gordon Randall Garrett and Laurence Mark Janifer

Space Prison by Tom Godwin

recent Gutenberg free books

September 4th, 2007 . by maria

The Aeneid of Virgil by Virgil
Contributions to the Theory of Natural Selection by Alfred Russel Wallace

GUTENBERG free books – recent classics posted

August 25th, 2007 . by maria

A Legend of Old Persia and Other Poems by A. B. S. Tennyson
Oldtown Fireside Stories by Harriet Beecher Stowe

An Essay on Man – Alexander Pope

The Iliad of Homer (1873) by Homer