MakeUseOf: 6 Little Known Places to Download Unique Free Ebooks

MakeUseOf: 6 Little Known Places to Download Unique Free Ebooks. “You probably already know about Project Gutenberg, Overdrive, Centsless Books, and some of the other best free ebook download sites. In this article, we’ll look beyond them to find free ebooks from sources you haven’t heard of before. This includes one of the best forums to get books, a place to dig up old-school pulp fiction, and some better ways to get the classics.”

BetaNews: COVID-19 has hurt physical book sales and helped audio and digital

BetaNews: COVID-19 has hurt physical book sales and helped audio and digital. “You would expect the recent coronavirus crisis to have helped digital entertainment, but with reading it is still led by the traditional hardback and softback formats. However, the pandemic is helping to dethrone physical books, as people are more cautious about going out. While paper books still lead the market, their dominance is shrinking.”

Publishers Weekly: As Covid-19 Cases Surge, PRH Again Extends Temporary E-book, Digital Audio Terms for Libraries, Schools

Publishers Weekly: As Covid-19 Cases Surge, PRH Again Extends Temporary E-book, Digital Audio Terms for Libraries, Schools. “With Covid-19 cases on the rise nationwide, Penguin Random House executives this week confirmed that the publisher is extending its temporary digital license terms for e-books and digital audio in libraries and schools through March 31, 2021. All Penguin Random House and DK adult and children’s fiction and nonfiction titles are part of this extension.”

Moms: 15 Resources To Get Free Books For Kids

Moms: 15 Resources To Get Free Books For Kids. “With the winter months approaching, your child may be spending less time playing outside. Reading is a wonderful activity to encourage during this extra time indoors. If you have a reader in your household, check out these free resources to receive online or print children’s books.”

University of Reading: New Free Resources Launched To Help Children Eat More Vegetables

University of Reading: New Free Resources Launched To Help Children Eat More Vegetables. “The See & Eat project, funded by European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) Food, has launched a new website, featuring a range of evidence-based activities and 24 eBooks in multiple languages for parents across Europe.” I didn’t download the app used to read the books, but I explored the site and book previews with no restrictions.

Wired: Publishers Worry as Ebooks Fly off Libraries’ Virtual Shelves

Wired: Publishers Worry as Ebooks Fly off Libraries’ Virtual Shelves. “After the pandemic closed many libraries’ physical branches this spring, checkouts of ebooks are up 52 percent from the same period last year, according to OverDrive, which partners with 50,000 libraries worldwide. Hoopla, another service that connects libraries to publishers, says 439 library systems in the US and Canada have joined since March, boosting its membership by 20 percent.”

Publishers Weekly: Penguin Random House Extends Temporary E-book, Digital Audio Terms for Libraries

Publishers Weekly: Penguin Random House Extends Temporary E-book, Digital Audio Terms for Libraries. “As the pandemic continues to impact the country, Penguin Random House has announced that it is extending its temporary digital license terms for libraries through December 31, 2020.”

Fortune: E-book reading is booming during the coronavirus pandemic

Fortune: E-book reading is booming during the coronavirus pandemic. “The COVID-19 crisis forced bookstores and libraries to close across the country, which has ignited a revival in reading electronic books. The e-book market had been in decline for the past six years, but now that it’s one of the easiest ways to get new books during the pandemic, libraries and publishers report a surge of new interest.”

Good E-Reader: OverDrive is Launching a Digital COVID Response Collection

Good E-Reader: OverDrive is Launching a Digital COVID Response Collection. “Overdrive is going to be launching a digital Covid response collection available to libraries for free. The first set of titles donated by OverDrive will be a Kids & Teens bundle including hundreds of ebooks, audiobooks, and Read-Alongs from Rosen Publishing, Lerner Publishing Group, Britannica Digital Learning, Triangle Interactive, and other participating publishers. The company is also working with major publishers for a Adult Fiction and Nonfiction collections.”

Mashable: How to download free ebooks and digital audiobooks from public libraries

Mashable: How to download free ebooks and digital audiobooks from public libraries. “Among the 2,500 library systems the Public Library Association surveyed over the last week of March, 74 percent have expanded their online ebook and audio streaming services. Part of that, some libraries told Mashable, is due to the increase in demand since states issued shelter-in-place orders in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. Still, the number and diversity of digital offerings vary from metropolitan to rural libraries and remain limited relative to physical materials — but more on that later. The best thing you can do now is put your name on the waiting list (I know, I know) for all the free ebooks and digital audiobooks you want. Good news: We’re here to tell you everything you need to know about digital lending so you can get the darn thing done already.”

Filth in a time of handwashing: why lockdown erotica is the hottest trend in publishing (The Guardian)

The Guardian: Filth in a time of handwashing: why lockdown erotica is the hottest trend in publishing. “You can’t write traditional erotica now because it wouldn’t ring true. There are no chance encounters any more. The plumber doesn’t come to visit. Your personal trainer has to stay two metres from you. Your babysitter has been declared nonessential. Your child’s teacher now gives you feedback solely through Google Classroom. Erotica has to adapt, or it will die.”

Lowyat: Scribd Makes Entire Digital Library Of eBooks And AudioBooks Free For A Month

Lowyat: Scribd Makes Entire Digital Library Of eBooks And AudioBooks Free For A Month. “Scribd, the US-based ebook and audiobook subscription service, announced that it is making its entire digital library free for everyone to access for the next 30 days. As you can guess, one of the main reasons the company is making its content accessible is to provide individuals who are self-quarantining or working from due to the ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) health issue.”

Good E Reader: Penguin Random House discounting ebooks and audiobooks to libraries

Good E Reader: Penguin Random House discounting ebooks and audiobooks to libraries. “Penguin Random House knows that many physical library branches are closing and the only way people can access content is digitally. The world’s largest publisher has announced that it is discounting audiobooks and ebooks across to the board through all of their wholesale distributors such as Overdrive.”

Publishers Weekly: Is Macmillan Reconsidering Its Library E-book Embargo?

Publishers Weekly: Is Macmillan Reconsidering Its Library E-book Embargo?. “At the recent ALA Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia, Macmillan CEO John Sargent told librarians that he would come back in March with potential alternatives to the publisher’s controversial library e-book embargo. And this week, Macmillan made good on Sargent’s statement, with an email to a select group of librarians seeking feedback on three proposals that could inform new e-book license terms for public libraries.”

Vice: You Can Play Google Stadia on an E-Book Reader

Vice: You Can Play Google Stadia on an E-Book Reader. “You may not be playing Google Stadia at the moment, but inevitably, you’ve seen the reviews and the feedback from gamers has largely revolved around the significant latency issues the service can have. But what if you were to throw another variable into the mix when you fire up Destiny 2? That’s what Sebastian Ørsted, a Danish PhD student of Aarhus University’s Department of Mathematics, recently did when he decided to test out Google Stadia on an e-ink based Android tablet, the Onyx Boox Max 3.”