In my previous post I talked about the glorious resource that is Project Gutenberg (projects Gutenberg?).
If that’s not enough to satiate your thirst for eBooks here are a few more resources.
The Eldritch Dark: Are you a fan of Clark Ashton Smith? If not, it’s probably because you haven’t read his work yet. Smith was a contemporary of H.P. Lovecraft and Robert Howard, writing weird tales of horror and science fiction. These day’s he’s not as well known as Lovecraft which is what the people at Eldritch Dark are trying to help correct. Smith’s stories of the dying Earth setting of Zothique are some of his best tales and his necromancers stand up against any others found in pulp fiction. I highly recommend getting familiar with Smith’s work.
For the most part these stories are formatted to be read on-line, but if you want to read them in another format a quick Copy/Paste into a file and saving them in your preferred format will do the trick.
The Cthulhu Chick: Speaking of H.P. Lovecraft, the wonderful host of the Cthulhu Chick site has compiled his stories into an omnibus eBook edition which you can download from her site. Lovecraft’s work is in the public domain so this is a great way to fill your library in one easy-to-use file. The collection does not include the works he co-authored or ghost wrote for other people. The Cthulhu Chick is also one of the hosts of The Double Shadow, a Clark Ashton Smith podcast.
The Baen Free Library: Baen Books has an extensive store where you can purchase their books in eBook format. They also have a sizable collection of eBooks they offer for free. Often these are the first books in a series. Not sure if you want to dive into David Weber’s Honor Harrington series? Download the first book and give it a read.
Black Mask: Looking for noir and pulp adventure that has fallen into the public domain? Check out Black Mask Online. Because it’s a blog it’s a little harder to navigate when looking for books. Conversely the site offers more than just eBooks, regularly updating with news and discussion about pulps and writing. Definitely a good site to add to your RSS feed.
One more often overlooked resource for electronic books is your local library. Many public libraries now have systems to allow you to check out eBooks with the same ease that you check out hard copies. Best of all your library’s eBook program won’t be limited by Public Domain laws. Check your library’s web site and you’ll probably be happy with what you find
This is just a taste of what’s out there in the dark corners of the Internet. It’s a great time to be a reader. Got any more good resources? Feel free to add them in the comments.