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Free eBooks for your eReader!

A loving relative (or maybe it was you, yourself!) was good to you this holiday season and now you want to fill up your Kindle or Sony Reader with books.  Or you are looking for even more to do with your iPod Touch. Try these sites for free eBooks:

Manybooks (http://Manybooks.net)
You can’t believe the breadth of this collection. Try “The First Seventeen Years: Virginia 1607-1624” by Charles E. Hatch. It’s a pithy account of all the players and events of the first colonies in Virginia. There are hundreds of classics here – such as “Don Quixote” and “Dracula” – but there are also obscure gems such as “The Angel of Terror” by Edgar Wallace, a pulp novel about a femme-fatale trying to murder her way to wealth and power. This site offers books in a wide variety of formats – from Kindle to iPod to Adobe and more. 

Project Gutenberg, the first producer of free electronic books (eBooks), has over 30,000 free eBooks you can download and read on your PC, iPhone, Kindle, Sony Reader or other portable device.   While you can search for books by title, author, subject and more categories, it’s fun to go to the “Bookshelves by topic” link and look at the genres of books offered.
Diesel has a number of free titles, available in the Adobe, Microsoft, Palm and Mobipocket formats. Follow the links to “Romance – Free” or “Download Free eBooks” to see their selections. They do not appear to have any nonfiction selections, but I’m guessing those will be coming as they get more books digitized.
Feedbooks offers thousands of public domain books and original books from new authors that you can read on any mobile device. If you search for titles and get a list, you can click on the download button, which defaults to the ePub format. To select one of the other formats offered here (besides ePub, they have Mobipocket/Kindle, PDF and Custom PDF), click on a title you’re interested in. Then choose your format and have fun reading. Selections from “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” to “The Art of War” to “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland”.