Saturday, January 12, 2019

Remembering Charles Dickens’s First Visit To New York

Douglas Muzzio, City Journal: When Boz Came to Town

Remembering Charles Dickens’s first visit to New York

On February 12, 1842, after a triumphal three-week stay in Boston and gala receptions and dinners in Worcester, Springfield, and Hartford, Charles Dickens—universally known by his pseudonym, “Boz”—landed at South Street in lower Manhattan on the packet New York from New Haven. When he stepped off the boat with his wife, Catherine (Kate), Dickens was greeted by a throng of cheering admirers, whom the New York Herald described as “perfectly whirlwindish . . . a promiscuous assemblage of bipeds that covered the dock as barnacles a ship’s bottom.” The paper crowed: “At last Boz breathes the balmy atmosphere of the Queen City of the Empire State.”

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WNU Editor: You can browse and download the works by Charles Dickens from here.

Friday, January 11, 2019

This Copy Of Fahrenheit-451 Can Only Be Read If It’s On Fire

Electric Literature: Buy a Copy of Fahrenheit-451 That Can Only Be Read If It’s on Fire

For a mere $451, you can now own a limited-edition heat-sensitive copy of Ray Bradbury’s book

Graphic design studio Super Terrain’s edition of Ray Bradbury’s sci-fi classic Fahrenheit-451 took the internet by storm, thanks to a video showing how its all-black pages become readable text when exposed to an open flame. (This will, and quite possibly should, also work with a hair dryer or something else not completely on fire.) And now, for only $451 — get it? — you can preorder one to keep on a specially-heated shelf in your home! If you have $451 to drop on an artist’s book, we figure you could have custom heated shelves.

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Bookyards editor: At $451 per copy, that is one expensive book.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Here Are 24 Books That Bill Gates Recommended In 2018

Gates Notes

Business Insider: 24 must-read books that Bill Gates recommended in 2018

* We've rounded up Bill Gates' many book recommendations in 2018.
* Over the past year, Gates gave his stamp of approval to more than 20 titles, including two books on meditation.
* In addition to science and data-driven stories, the list features popular books like Trevor Noah's memoir, "Born a Crime," and John Green's "Turtles All the Way Down."

Bill Gates isn't shy about recommending books. As an avid reader, he's given his stamp of approval to hundreds of titles, including some unlikely beach reads.

This year alone, he's highlighted more than 20 books that captured his attention or expanded his worldview.

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WNU Editor: "Army of None" by Paul Scharre is one of my favourites this year.

Wednesday, January 09, 2019

How Bill Gates Reads Books (Video)

Bookyards editor: The above video was posted a year ago, but it is still relevant today. On a side note .... All the books Bill Gates has recommended over the last eight years (Quartz).

Tuesday, January 08, 2019

Selection Of 2018's Best Poems To Lift Your Spirits

Daily Mail: Brave, bold and beautiful: Our ultimate selection of this year's best poems to lift your spirits

* Bel Mooney picked out this year's best poetry books that express every feeling
* She Is Fierce edited by Ana Sampson collates beautiful poems by women
* Running Upon The Wires is Kate Tempest's celebration of naked lust
* The Luckiest Guy sparks laughter and questioning everything

There’s a modern cliche that people don’t really read poetry. Yet they need it. At the great stages of life (love affairs, love’s ending, weddings, babies, funerals) they will seek readings to express their own feelings.

A well-loved poem can penetrate to the heart of human feelings; that’s why we tend to return to old favourites for uplift and comfort.

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Bookyards editor: Bookyards has over 500 ebooks on poems and poetry that you can browse and download. The link is here.

Monday, January 07, 2019

50 Great Free Online Libraries

Bookyards Editor: We love our website at Bookyards, but here are 50 other great online libraries and ebook search engines that you can use. (We will be updating and expanding this list in the weeks to come). If you have a website that you like and it is not on this list, please put the link in our comments section.

Ebook Search Engines

A PDF search engine with a database of 73, 000,000 eBooks for you to download for free.

PDF Drive

A PDF search engine with a database of 77, 000,000 eBooks and articles for you to download for free.

PDF Drive

Search the world's most comprehensive index of full-text books

PDF Drive

Free Online Libraries

A page of links to recent works (free) on-line from living authors: Books, Book Excerpts, Long Fiction/Non-Fiction.

Alive & Free

This simple to explore site lists completely free books from a variety of different authors.

The site’s purpose is to bring public domain books from sites like Project Gutenberg into a form easily readable in a web browser.


An online library of downloadable science fiction novels.

Baen Free Library

Bibliomania gives readers over 2,000 free classics, including literature book notes, author bios, book summaries, and study guides. Free books are presented in chapter format.


A collection of Christian literature.

Christian Classics Ethereal Library

Public domain books organized into collections. The complete works of William Shakespeare, Jules Verne, Charles Dickens or Mark Twain, among others.

Classic Literature Library

All books on this website are in public domain. You can choose from 3810 titles by 358 authors.

Classic Reader


The platform’s offer should suit modern-day people who are always in a hurry. You can read an ebook in daily installments, delivered by mail or RSS feed.

Apart from DailyLit’s own serialized fiction, you can find here hundreds of classic novels. Pride and Prejudice and War of the Worlds were two first books offered on platform’s launch in 2006.

The site lists books in 14 categories, including short stories, horror, and coming of age.


DPLA is aimed at giving universal access to digital resources of American libraries and archives.

The Bookshelf catalog includes over 1.6 million items. Perform a search, and from a book detail page, you’ll be redirected to a relevant website, where you can further read it online or download.

Digital Public Library of America

The Internet Archive offers over 15,000,000 freely downloadable books and texts. There is also a collection of 550,000 modern eBooks that may be borrowed by anyone with a free account.

eBooks and Texts - Internet Archive

A collection of ebooks organized by category.

eBook Lobby

A collection of free ebook editions of significant works from the past.


Europeana offers access to millions of digitized items from European museums, libraries, and archives.

To find free public domain books, search for the author or title, and in the left-side panel narrow results by file type (“text”), and by copyright (“public domain marked”).


This French ebook site is designed with mobile reading in mind. It’s tailored for mobile browsers, so you can download free ebooks directly to your tablet or smartphone.

Feedbooks offers thousands of public domain ebooks in five languages. Unlike in Internet Archive, most of the free books have covers to look good on your e-reader or e-reading application.


Another large collection of free online computer books.

Free Computer Books


Free-eBooks has free ebook downloads, ebook resources and ebook authors. Besides free ebooks, you also download free magazines or submit your own ebook.


FreeTechBooks lists free online computer science, engineering and programming books,textbooks and lecture notes, all of which are legally and freely available over the Internet.

Free Tech Books organized alphabetically; there are a thousands of books here.

Full Books

Getfreeebooks is another free online library.

Get Free Ebooks

A repository of works of classic writers and philosophers, from Sophocles to Epicurus, to Sun-Tzu.

The books in digital format can be read here online as html files.

Great Books and Classics

Browse through a wide selection of high quality free books for children here. Check out Simple Search to get a big picture of how this library is organized: by age, reading level, length of book, genres, and more.

International Digital Children's Library

The website is a huge repository of text, audio and video files, including public domain titles. You can browse and read online over 5 million books and items from over 1,500 collections.

The collections include the Library of Congress, American libraries, Canadian libraries, books from Project Gutenberg, and from the Million Books Project, as well as books for children.

On Internet Archive you will find book files in over 180 languages.

Internet Archive

Sacred Texts contains the web’s largest collection of free books about religion, mythology, folklore and the esoteric in general.

Internet Sacred Text Archive

Digitizes French texts in the public domain.

L'Association des Bibliophiles Universels

The site makes free audio books from texts that entered the public domain in Europe.


Founded in 2005, LibriVox is an extensive library of free public domain audiobooks.

Volunteers record chapters of public domain books. Afterwards, LibriVox releases the audio file for free in the public domain, and you may use it the way you like.


Literature Network

A library that focuses on classical literature from the best known authors throughout history.

Literature Network

A collection of 6,000 ebooks in French

Livres pour tous ®

The site offers thousands of free public domain books, like audiobooks or text files. Titles in 30 languages can be found here.

Loyal Books

ManyBooks provides free ebooks for your PDA, iPod or eBook Reader.

Many Books

Open Culture is a popular blog that curates access to educational and cultural media.

Among several collections, you can find here a directory of over 1,000 free ebooks. Most of them are in public domain.

Open Culture

The site is a project of the Internet Archive and is intended to create “one web page for every book ever published”.

There are over 1,000,000 free ebook titles available. Most of the titles are public domain, but you can also find here a growing lending library of over 200,000 contemporary ebooks.

If the book is available in digital form, a Read button is shown next to its catalog listing.

Open Library

A decent collection of popular works of classic literature, in pdf format.

Planet Publish

Project Gutenberg offers over 42,000 free ebooks: choose among free epub books, free kindle books, download them or read them online.

Project Gutenberg

Thousands of ebooks permitted under Australian copyright law.

Project Gutenberg Australia

Public domain books in Finnish and Swedish.

Projekti Lönnrot

More than 5,000 free books are available for download here, alphabetized both by title and by author.

Questia Public Library

Only has classic books and those with Creative Commons licenses. No way to download free books directly from this site

Read Print

Scribd, the online document sharing site which supports Word, Excel, PowerPoint, PDF and other popular formats. You can download a document or embed it in your blog or web page.


Another site that isn't strictly for free books, Slideshare does offer a large amount of free content for you to read. It is an online forum where anyone can upload a digital presentation on any subject.


Over 30,000 free ebooks

The Online Books Page

Illustrated children's books

Children's Books Online, the Rosetta Project

Wikibooks is an open collection of (mostly) textbooks. You can see all that Wikibooks has to offer in Books by Subject.


Online library of user-submitted and maintained content. While you won't technically find free books on this site, at the time of this writing, over 200,000 pieces of content are available to read.


Extremely well-managed collection of free public domain books in the Polish language.

Currently, there are over 2,300 titles available, either for online reading or to download (epub, mobi, pdf formats).

Wolne Lektury

A mass directory for free online books and free ebooks and have a big collections of ebooks in different categories like Art,photography,Spirituality,Science,mystery and thrillers etc…