[ExI] Download 2 Million eBooks for no charge
benboc at lineone.net
Sun Aug 2 10:18:50 UTC 2009
BillK <pharos at gmail.com> clarified:
> > Let me get this straight. They are offering, for a month, free
access to a
> > bunch of books which are already freely available.
> > Have I got that wrong?
>Sorry for the delay in replying.
>(I was called away for an urgent meeting of the Illuminati. Things are
>getting a bit dicey in some areas).
>As I understand it, some ebooks are normally free and some aren't.
>Some need an annual membership fee.
>The main benefit of this free book fair seems to be a search engine
>including all the organisations that agreed to join in. So it should
>be easier to find a particular book. They also provide a comprehensive
>list of ebook collections that people may wish to access (even when
>there is a fee payable).
That makes sense then.
It just gets my hackles up when I see someone trying to take advantage
of other people's generosity, or trying to pull the wool over people's
eyes (such as at a a computer fair I went to recently, where there was a
whole table full of 'bargain' CDs of wonderful software, for only £5!!!
-- the software was things like Open Office, The Gimp, Linux, ... I
didn't see a single thing that wasn't available free on the web).
I thought this might be an attempt to take advantage of people who are
ignorant of things like the Gutenberg Project.
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