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eBooks References Resources for Designers

This is a follow-up to our January and February series on self publishing, and


References, Resources, Information
The Online Book page
If you're into full texts of books, the "Online Books Page" at the Univ. of Pennsylvania has more than 15,000 full-text books available for free. Sometimes text is best. If you travel with a laptop, download the texts. Then you can load a RAM disk, and read from New York to LA without depleting your battery! (Don't forget to load the full text and the text reader into your RAM disk, and run the whole thing without spinning up the hard drive!)
What's New?
You might want to also bookmark the "What's New" page at "" where there's an incredible volume of material with new additions everyday.
National Academy Press
Another worthy of your attention is the National Academy Press with more than 2,500 full-text titles.
School Resources
All public school educators are invited to use the library with over 4000 etexts that can be viewed online or the files can be downloaded for use in class or research. Files can be distributed to students or stored on your own computer.
Historic Pittsburgh
with maps, census schedules, full-text collection which contains 334 books from the 19th and early 20th centuries
The USGS Library homepage follow this path: Publications of the US Geological Survey > Databases > Online USGS Publications ... for Biology, Geology, Mapping and Water subjects
UVA The University of Virginia electronic text center at
General, Hit & Run References
The Project Perseus at
The Wright American Fiction (1851-1875)
The Universal Library at
The 19th Century Schoolbooks Project at
So, books are too much for you?
If eBooks are not your cup of tea, try This vast archive of published articles is freely searchable and constantly updated. It contains articles dating back to 1998 from more than 300 magazines and journals. Articles range topics from business, health, society, entertainment, to sports and more. Unlike other online collections, each of the hundreds of thousands of articles in FindArticles can be read in its entirety and printed at no cost.
Be sure to read: "What are eBooks Good For"
Make sure you visit Poor Richard's Creating E-Books by Chris Van Buren and Jeff Cogswell -- an Editor's Choice in the Design Bookshelf .
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