Overdrive & Project Gutenberg e-books

Did you hear the news?

Boston Public Library, Overdrive’s partner, now has 15,000 Project Gutenberg e-books in their Overdrive collection. They are accessed through the Overdrive platform, have no checkout or check in, but are also counted in their stats. The advantage is one-stop shopping. Overdrive says it will be available to all of us in the future. Read more about it in the Library Journal article.

Anyone can go to the Project Gutenberg site and get the titles for free now, of course.  There are over 33,000 e-books in the total collection. They are things that the copyright has expired on, so a classic book is in this case a classic example (sorry).

Here’s how to download from their collection to your iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch.

1. Go to the iBookstore and download the Stanza (free) or the QuickReader ($). follow the instructions below and enjoy your book.

Lexcycle Stanza

A free ebook reader for iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch. App Store Lexcycle Stanza

  • Download the Stanza app from the Apple App Store. Use the link on the right for the US store.
  • Open the Stanza App.
  • Tap on “Get Books” and “Catalog”.
  • From the list select “Project Gutenberg”.

QuickReader

A paid ebook reader for iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch. It implements a speed reading technique that teaches you how to read faster. App Store QuickReader

  • Download QuickReader from the Apple App Store. Use the link on the right for the US store.
  • Open QuickReader and select “Normal Reading” or “Speed Reading”.
  • Select “Download Books”.
  • From the list select “Project Gutenberg”.

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Colleen Eggett

Colleen Eggett is the Library Resources Program Manager for the Utah State Library in Salt Lake City UT.