Thursday, August 12, 2010

OverDrive Unveils Project Gutenberg Ebook Downloads

LibraryJournal.com reports that the Boston Public Library (BPL), has added some 15,000 public-domain, DRM-free ebooks from Project Gutenberg thru' it's partner, OverDrive.

The new public beta site allows any user to download PG ebooks, but such users are not required to sign in as BPL patrons, and downloads do not count against patron checkout limits or have time limits for use. Indeed, the ebooks aren't really loaned at all—users effectively own the ebooks they download.

The ebooks are not included in the regular library catalog, but on a separate Overdrive-powered site. Selections include popular pre-1923 classics, such as the works of Jane Austen and Arthur Conan Doyle, as well as such obscure fare as 1906's Are You a Bromide? by Gelett Burgess.

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