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The Public Domain Review

The Public Domain Review | technologies |
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This resource serves as a way for practitioners and/or learners to find works that are released from copyright into the public domain.
I've used the Public Domain Review to find items, mainly images and animated gifs, that are available for public use.

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Virtual Library (Publications Getty)

Virtual Library (Publications Getty) | technologies |
Books in the fields of art, photography, archaeology, architecture, conservation, and the humanities for both general and specialized audiences.
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Getty Museum has put more than 250 art books online for anyone to read online and or download.

Practitioners, and/or learners, can find all of these books in the Getty Publications Virtual Library.

You can search through the collection by...

- author,

- keyword, or

- title.

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art - Titles with full-text online

The Metropolitan Museum of Art - Titles with full-text online | technologies |
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The Metropolitan Museum of Art's collection of art history books could be a great resource for art practitioners and their learners.
Learners who are researching artists and or art movements could consult the collection to find reference materials.
Currently there are 394 volumes.
All of the books can be read online or downloaded as PDFs (Note/Beware: some of them are massive files). Visitors can search through the catalog of books by...
- thematic category,
- format, and
- publication type.
And, as you'd expect, by...
- title,
- author, and
- keyword.

Jennifer Moss's curator insight, November 8, 2013 5:57 PM

Wonderful service - The Metropolitan Museum of Art is  is offering a bunch of their publications with full text as downloadable pdfs!

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FREE eBook search engine

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Book Results is a free eBook search engine which learners and practitioners can use to search for free eBooks that are available online.

Just type in the title of the eBook and a list of results will be presented to choose from.

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AudioLiterate | technologies |

Looking for free downloadable audio books? Check out AudioLiterate.


AudioLiterate archives and displays free MP3 audiobooks from classical and public domain titles, allowing users to stream or download these files for their pleasure and/or learning.


Search for audio files by author and genre.


Clicking an audio book allows downloads from, although users can also choose to stream each chapter with their embedded audio player.


Easy to access for students, audiobook listeners, and avid readers.


Expect more books to become available as the website grows.

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eBooks | Online Textbooks | eTextbooks |

eBooks | Online Textbooks | eTextbooks | | technologies |
Instantly access eTextbooks from your PC. Try online textbooks and eBooks risk-free at


Chegg have announced a new way for learners to buy and rent textbooks to read online.

Books in Chegg’s online reader look more like regular books however they have built a number of tools it says are unique and designed to be useful to learners without hampering them. Among them: the ability to...
     - ask questions to a community of users for a real-time response.
     - instantly highlights the most important passages of the work using software that analyzes its meaning.

Chegg has about 40,000 digital textbooks now and has signed contracts with all the top publishers.

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The Comic Book Periodic Table of the Elements

The Comic Book Periodic Table of the Elements | technologies |
This site contains comic book images linked to the chemical elements via the periodic table. Comics include Uncle $crooge, Metal Men, Metamorpho, Batman, Fantastic Four, Superman, and many more.

Clicking on an element in the periodic table displayed on the homepage takes visitors to a list and images of comic book references.

After looking at these visitors can obtain more information about the element by using the provided link to Web Elements.

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reSRC ·

reSRC · | technologies |
reSRC, the root of actual learning
John Dalziel's insight:

One the best things from the Design and Development industry is that there are loads of free books for learning the skills.
At reSRC (reSRC stands for resource), users can find an enormous collection of free programming book of various languages, including C, C++, Java, HTML, JavaScript, and CSS. Go ahead, sign up and grab them.
On reSRC, users are free to create their own lists or to pull a list they already have on GitHub or anywhere else.
To be fair most visitors will probably be more interested in discovering great resources from great lists. Or by reSRC's tagged links database.

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Librables | Download free eBooks and documents

Librables | Download free eBooks and documents | technologies |
Your N°1 Place to download free books, eBooks, manuals and documents is Librables. Discover new amazing free eBooks in the Internet.
John Dalziel's insight:

Librables – allows users to find a wide range of...
- documents and official manuals (pdf, txt, word, ppt, etc),
- books and
- eBooks.
The default page starts with the best-sellers section.
Tabs allow users to look at...
- Horror
- Fantasy,
- Mystery,
- Suspense,
- Science fiction,
- Thrillers,
- Literary
...and if users are looking for documents or manuals they can use the search button found at the far right of the tabs.

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The We Do Listen Foundation

The We Do Listen Foundation | technologies |
Helping children learn how to listen, improve their self esteeem and deal with bullying and violence.
John Dalziel's insight:

The We Do Listen Foundation offers...
- free animated stories,
- games, and
- lessons for young learners.
The books and their corresponding lessons are designed to help youngsters learn about things like...
- how to be a good listener,
- what to do about bullies, and
- good sportsmanship.
All of the books feature the character Howard B. Wigglebottom.
Learners can create their own Howard B. Wigglebottom stories on the We Do Listen Foundation's website.
The foundation provides online tools and templates for writing and colouring their stories.
Visitors to the site will also find templates that they can print out and have learners colour offline as well.
Creating their own stories could be a good way for learners to express what they think are proper social interactions in school.

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Quick Guide: How To Enjoy eBooks Without A Tablet Or An eReader

Quick Guide: How To Enjoy eBooks Without A Tablet Or An eReader | technologies |
eBooks are a phenomenon that can no longer be ignored. Whether you’re one of the early adopters, or still sticking religiously to paper books, you must have noticed how easy it’s become to get your hands on an eBook.


This post provides some great apps that will help users enjoy eBooks on their desktop.

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Scribd is a social publishing site, where tens of millions of people share original writings and documents. Scribd's vision is to liberate the written word.


In Scribd users (Practitioners) can create public collections to which any Scribd user (Learners) can add documents.

Creators of collections can moderate submissions before they appear in the collection.

Creating a public collection in Scribd could be a good way to showcase examples of learners' best work.
Scribd widgets enable entire collections to be embedded into a vle, blog or website or just direct others to the collection on Scribd itself.

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Children's Books Forever

Children's Books Forever | technologies |

Children’s Books Forever is a website with free children’s books that are downloadable in pdf format and are wonderful for expanding a Family Learning Practitioner's library.


The books can be used on an interactive whiteboard, power point, overhead projector, on iPads (or other iDevices), or computers in the learning environment.


New books are being added regularly to Children’s Books Forever so be sure to check back often!


The books can be read in multiple languages making it a wonderful place for those who are learning a second language or speaking English as a second language.


Make sure you click on the links in the left side bar, they lead you to additional books; books for toddlers, Waldo humor books, inspirational books and more information on author Hans Wihelm.


Many of the stories can also be used for "character discussions" with learners.

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Free Online Children's Storybooks | Story Time For Me

Free Online Children's Storybooks | Story Time For Me | technologies |
By making reading more interactive and animating the illustrations, "StoryTimeForMe" not only provides free books for young children, it puts reading up there with video games.
StoryTimeForMe encourages young children to pay more attention to reading, the free books are...
* made available and played as slow animations within a web browser. The animation of the books develops young children's interest;
* provide young readers with an interactive experience.
The text within each of the books is simple and highlighted while being read. The highlighting again develops young children's interest and encourages them to read the words that are displayed.
Through the controls located at the bottom of the page users can turn off the animation and the audio, highlight the narrated phrase, and manually turn pages of the book.
Clicking on individual words in the text results in them being read again and if underlined a pop-up image appears as well, to help understanding.
That's not all StoryTimeForMe has to offer; the books often contain socially relevant topics e.g. the books illustrate why children should not bully, why the environment should be cleaned, etc. Therefore StoryTimeForMe not only works to excite and engage children about reading, it also tries to teach them moral lessons.
Family Learning Practitioners, parents, guardians and carers will surely appreciate StoryTimeForMe
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