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Comprehensive List of Free e-Book Websites for your e-Reader

Comprehensive List of Free e-Book Websites for your e-Reader | cognition | Scoop.it

If you own an e-reader you often can only buy e-books from the bookstore that is bundled on your device. Many of the budget e-readers out there don’t even have a bookstore that is accessible by users and many people are left to fend for themselves to load content on it.

Here is a comprehensive free e-book resource catalog online. All of these books are hardware agnostic, which means they are not locked by DRM (Digital Rights Management). All you have to do is simply download a title and load in via the USB cable from your computer to your e-reader. Many of these sites also provide the books in more than one format, so they will work with your Amazon Kindle, Kobo, Barnes and Noble Nook, Sony e-reader and hundreds of others.


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Marc Kneepkens's curator insight, February 17, 9:55 AM

Great resource, and it's free!

Paul Mendelsohn's curator insight, February 18, 11:52 AM

Here is a cool one for all my Kindle toting friends - a comprehensive list of sources for free e-books.

SMARTERTEACHER's curator insight, February 19, 11:20 AM

Great resource for BYOD schools who want to create a level playing field for all students with all devices.

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“Don’t Read Books!” A 12th-Century Zen Poem

“Don’t Read Books!” A 12th-Century Zen Poem | cognition | Scoop.it
"It's annoying for others to have to hear you."

We live in a culture that often romanticizes books as the tender and exhilarating love-ma
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From text:

Don’t read books!
Don’t chant poems!
When you read books your eyeballs wither away
leaving the bare sockets.
When you chant poems your heart leaks out slowly
with each word.

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An Evening with Neil Gaiman, Part 1

Author Neil Gaiman speaks to the Jessamine County (Ky.) Public Library via online vidoeconference as a National Library Week event.
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Book Review: As She Climbed Across the Table by Jonathan Lethem

Gives new meaning to the term work romance.
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Lack, Alice and Philip are the main characters in Jonathan Lethem’s As She Climbed Across the Table, published in 1997. It’s a science fiction novel that pokes fun at academic faculty, research and campus life. The story takes place at a fictional campus, the University of North California. Alice is a physicist and Philip is a cultural anthropologist studying academic life.

Lack is a void, a nothingness, a black hole created in the physics building. Lack has no personality. It’s an object until faculty members romanticize it, and give it a personality. Could it be Lethem is trying to say personalities are created by the perceptions of those around us, rather than from within?

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10 Book Series So Addictive, You Never Want Them to End

10 Book Series So Addictive, You Never Want Them to End | cognition | Scoop.it
Welcome to the deep of winter, the time when the nights are longest and you basically never want to get out of your warm bed. This is the perfect time to get sucked into a long, complicated relationship with a book series.
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Debt: The First 5,000 Years eBook: David Graeber: Amazon.co.uk: Kindle Store

Debt: The First 5,000 Years eBook: David Graeber: Amazon.co.uk: Kindle Store...
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Literature-Map - The tourist map of literature

Literature-Map - The tourist map of literature | cognition | Scoop.it
Travel the world of Literature.
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shows authors on a map chartered by what readers read.

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Ann VanderMeer’s April Time Traveler’s Almanac Tour

Ann VanderMeer’s April Time Traveler’s Almanac Tour | cognition | Scoop.it
Hugo Award and World Fantasy Award winning editor Ann VanderMeer will be touring in support of her MASSIVE thousand-page time travel anthology, just featured on NPR with a review and interview on All Things Considered!
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Brave New World versus Island — Utopian and Dystopian Views on Psychopharmacology

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The paper argues that in the current ethical discussion the dystopian vision on psychopharmacology is dominant, but that a comparison between Brave New World and Island shows that a more utopian view is possible as well. This is illustrated by a discussion of the issue of psychopharmacology and authenticity. The second part of the paper draws some further conclusions for the ethical debate on psychopharmacology and human enhancement, by comparing the novels not only with each other, but also with our present reality. It is claimed that the debate should not get stuck in an opposition of dystopian and utopian views, but should address important issues that demand attention in our real world: those of evaluation and governance of enhancing psychopharmacological substances in democratic, pluralistic societies.

 

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First, the effects of psychopharmacological substances depend greatly on the society in which they are embedded.


It would be an illusion to think that we can predict exactly what the social effects of new substances will be, how society will react and how common values and practices might be changed due to these new substances.


I believe, thirdly, that this value and life-style pluralism that characterize our world should be taken more seriously. As we have seen, the enhancement debate is in an important sense a debate about the good life and about human flourishing or human happiness. Underneath the discussion on authenticity lies a deeper discussion on what it is to be human. The moral evaluation of new psychopharmacological substances or mind-influencing drugs depends greatly on one’s ideas in this respect. 


Should we aim to show that one view of the good life is correct and that consequently the use of such drugs should be banned or stimulated? Should we discuss and argue about our various views of the good life and the place of psychotropic drugs in the hope that we will reach a shared view?

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The Reading Brain in the Digital Age: The Science of Paper versus Screens: Scientific American

The Reading Brain in the Digital Age: The Science of Paper versus Screens: Scientific American | cognition | Scoop.it
E-readers and tablets are becoming more popular as such technologies improve, but research suggests that reading on paper still boasts unique advantages
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As digital texts and technologies become more prevalent, we gain new and more mobile ways of reading—but are we still reading as attentively and thoroughly? How do our brains respond differently to onscreen text than to words on paper? Should we be worried about dividing our attention between pixels and ink or is the validity of such concerns paper-thin?

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Texts and Tweets: Myths and Realities

Texts and Tweets: Myths and Realities | cognition | Scoop.it
Professor David Crystal, one of the world's leading linguistic experts, challenges the myth that new communication technologies are destroying language.
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