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There are many sources for obtaining e-books. This page focuses on those places where Department Employees may find free or very inexpensive e-books for both professional deverlopment as well as entertainment.
University of Iowa (on-campus or with a HawkID and Password) has a subscription to Books 24 x 7 which you will need to access via SkillSoft.
From this point you may access many technical books, business topics, IT/Computer help books (Microsoft Office, PhotoShop, etc.)
Project Gutenberg is the original free ebook web site. Started by Michael Hart in the 1970s, the original collection was hand-entered character-by-character to digitize classic works of literature. The project has expanded to more than 30,000 books and documents that are in the public domain. As far as we know, this is the largest and best organized collection of classics on the internet. The books at Project Gutenberg are free, legal, and available as ePub, Kindle, HTML, and basic text documents.
ManyBooks is a mini-Project Gutenberg with some bells and whistles layered on top including detailed entries with summaries, cover art, book reviews, and books formatted in over 20 digital formats. This is Project G. with a modern digital bookstore look and feel. The books are free; formats include LIT, LRF, ePUB, MOBI, PDF, and more.
FeedBooks has a regular ebook storefront, BUT there are also public domain and original books sections. The books include novels, short stories, and poetry collections. It is still a fairly small collection and primarily for entertainment reading.