Monday, July 23, 2007

Book It Ten

Ten Things for the Book Junkies

Freeware caution: always scan free downloads of anything for bugs and other threats before dumping the programs into your hard drive.

1. Find the best online price for a book with Books Price Comparator freeware.

2. BookSearch freeware allows you to "search a number of large book search engines on the Internet for new and used books. Ideal for finding rare or hard-to-find books, or for comparing prices. Search by keyword, title, or author name."

3. Download and manage books from Project Gutenberg with eLibrary freeware.

4. Flying Books screensaver freeware will send up to 32 books flapping across your screen.

5. Thinking of starting a bookselling business from home? Have a look at Home Base freeware.

6. Get your book collection catalogued and organized with The Libellis Personal Library freeware.

7. LibriVox offers 755 free audiobooks (created by volunteers reading public domain works.)

8. Another, simpler book collection database freeware, The Librarian.

9. TitleScroller will scroll text files on your screen at your preferred speed for reading.

10. Read e-books on your iPod with WordPod freeware.

I find a very interesting project -- Ocean -- which offers a freeware collection of over a thousand books of ten world religions in English, as well as collections in French, Spanish, German, Russian, Dutch, and Portuguese. The project hopes to promote more understanding among persons of different faiths, never a bad thing.

Also, one more book link -- if you'd like to take a text file and print it out in book form, try Gordon Reynold's Book Format freeware.

Upcoming this week on PBW:

Writing Triage


Win a copy of The New Writer's Handbook 2007

Missing in Action posts: Helpful Hobbies and Character Palettes


  1. *waves in a sqrlly fashion*

    Did you ever finish the big fat whatever?

  2. Buffysquirrel wrote: Did you ever finish the big fat whatever?

    Alas, no. The footnotes choked the life out of that reading experience. I think I made it to page 54 before finally giving up.

  3. Jason wrote: Win a copy of the New Writer's Handbook 2007, eh? That sounds cool. So does "Helpful Hobbies." Actually, damn, they all sound cool. Can't wait to read them.

    Jason, I accidentally deleted your comment, and Blogger won't let me undelete the delete, so I'm posting it again this way.

  4. There's Librarything, of course, and also my own BookDB software.

  5. I didn't mind the footnotes so long as they didn't go over to another page, but some went over to three pages; I found the backtracking a tad annoying. But overall, I enjoyed the book. The amount of work the author put into it is astounding.

  6. Here are some more interesting eBook tools:

    ybook - a free eBook reader at

    List of Digitalization Projects

    and the eLibrary Project




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