Prudens Information Resources for the Internet

Accessing, Writing and Publishing E-Books


A Prudens Knowledgebase

Search & Directories | Sales | Free Downloads | E-Books in Digital Libraries | Publishers |
Associations | Marketing | Agents | Print-on-Demand | Writers Services | Publishing Tools |
E-Book Formats | The Future

eBookLocator ( allows search of e-books by author, title, subject, publisher, keyword, or ISBN.

Infolibrarian ( has a comprehensive list of sources of e-books (

The Online Books Page ( lists 20,000 free books on the Web.

Traditional Book Search ( Search for new, out-of-print and used books that are available online. There is also an extensive list of book sellers (


Amazon (, in the section "E-Books and Docs", introduced a "search inside the book" feature with an initial database of 120,000 titles. ( also has a "search inside the book" search engine.

eBookMall (

Fictionwise ( is one of the top independent eBook sellers in the world.

Handandgo ( serves hand held users with hand-held and wireless software and collections of pre-formatted e-books.

Mary Wolf's Guide to Electronic Publishers presents a list (, which includes additional e-Book sellers.

Free Downloads

Bartleby.Com ( provides literature, references and poetry free or for a small fee. ( offers over ten thousand free titles for download in up to 8 file formats. It also has some books for sale.

DotLit The eBookSpace ( has a collection of free books in Microsoft Reader format. It also provides free download of the ReaderWorks software.

Page By Page Books ( presents books online for free - no downloading!

Project Gutenberg ( is the pioneering and largest depository of free, mostly text only, e-books. Volunteers continually add pre-1923 books (novels, plays, poetry, works of nonfiction) to its collection - over 15,000 titles in 2005.

SparkNotes (, similar to Cliff Notes, are online guides to literature, science and other subjects. Some are free and some have a cost for downloading.

E-Books in Digital Libraries

The American Verse Project ( has an electronic archive of American poetry prior to 1923.

Center for Electronic Texts in the Humanities (CETH) ( has humanities source documents, plus computing research and development. CETH also maintains a Directory of Electronic Text Centers (

eBook Library (, an offshoot of, focuses on providing scientific, technical and medical e-book titles to various size libraries around the world.

HighBeam Research Library ( has the proprietary eLibrary database, an archive of more than 34 million documents from 3,000 sources (2005).

Internet Public Library Texts Collection ( has over 14,000 titles that can be browsed by author, by title, or by the Dewey Decimal Classification.

Mina Rees Library e-Books ( is a rich collections of e-books and online journals. ( has links to public libraries in the U.S., many of which provide access to e-Books.

Questia ( has the world's largest online library with over 56,000 books (as of April 2005), organized into more than 6,000 research topics.

Safari Books Online ( offers instant access to the full text of over 3,000 leading technology books (2005).

Union Catalog of E-books ( 20,000 books available to read online as of June 1, 2004.

The University of Virginia Electronic Text Library ( combines an on-line archive of electronic texts and images, and offers hardware and software suitable for the creation and analysis of text. It has a list of public domain titles ( available to the public.

E-Book Technology for Digital Libraries

ebrary ( provides technology solutions and information services for libraries and other organizations. Its databases of books, maps, sheet music, reports and other authoritative content from leading publishers are licensed to libraries and other institutions worldwide.

NetLibrary (, a division of Online Computer Library Center, Inc. (OCLC), is a nonprofit organization and leader in computer-based cataloging, reference, resource sharing, digitization and preservation service to libraries worldwide. NetLibrary's eContent solution is the most broadly adopted in the market, making the online content of more than 400 publishers and eContent providers available through more than 12,000 libraries worldwide. In addition to a catalog of more than 75,000 eBooks, NetLibrary now offers a growing collection of eJournals and databases, and has launched a new Digital Audiobook offering.

OverDrive ( provides Digital Rights Management (DRM) services utilizing Microsoft Corporation's platform technologies. Its subsidiary, Content Reserve (, provides e-books and other digital products in Microsoft Reader, Adobe Reader and PDA formats. Overdrive has also launched Digital Library Reserve, Inc. ( to compete with Netlibrary.


Directories of E-Book Publishers

Dowse ( has list of e-book publishers

Ebooksnbytes ( provides information about e-books, including a review of publishers (

Mary Wolf's Guide To Electronic Publishers ( and other e-Book information.

Piers Anthony's Survey of Internet Book Publishers ( has annotation by Piers Anthony.

Selected e-Book Publishers

Eastgate Systems Inc. ( claims to be the primary source for hypertext books and documents.

Publishing Information Sources

Dan Poynter's Para Publishing ( popularized self publishing, but his book has only one chapter on electronic publishing.

dmoz Open Directory Project E-Books page ( emphasizes publishers and technical information. ( is primarily a portal for the eBook community, but has also grown to become a eBookstore, and a distributor of hardware.

Infolibrarian ( has selected articles on e-Books and publishing ( from the perspective of a librarian.

Know Better ( is an extensive site covering everything relating to the electronic book business.

Literary Leaps ( brings you one of the web's most comprehensive collections of publishing and book-related links.

Literary Market ( provides information about the book publishing industry including access to databases of agents and publishers.

Piers Anthony's Survey of Internet Book Publishing Services ( has annotation by Piers Anthony.

Ralan Conley's Webstravaganza ( This site has listings of markets, agents, author organizations, book stores, jobs, copyright information, courses, and critique groups. Much of the site seems oriented toward traditional publishing.

Scholarly Electronic Publishing Bibliography ( presents selected articles, books, e-documents, and other sources about scholarly electronic publishing efforts on the Internet.

Teleread ( is a blog and a portal with up-to-date information about e-books.


American Association of Publishers (AAP) ( Digital Policy/E-book Project

AAUP Electronic Publishing Resources ( represents electronic publishing at university presses.

The DAISY Consortium ( enables digital talking books.

The Electronic Literature Organization ( promotes the writing/reading of electronic literature.

Electronically Published Internet Connection (EPIC) ( is a nonprofit professional organization for authors interested in electronic publishing.

National Writer's Union (NWU) (, UAW Local 1981/AFL-CIO is a union for serious writers, not necessarily successful writers.

Open eBook Forum ( is an international trade and standards organization for the electronic publishing industries.

Online Computer Library Center, Inc. (OCLC) (, is a global nonprofit cooperative that provides computer-based cataloging, reference, resource sharing, digitalization, and preservation services to libraries worldwide. One of its divisions is NetLibrary.

Publishers Marketing Association (PMA) ( is the largest non-profit trade association helping independent publishers


Book Announcements ( offers several promotional packages for authors, including the distribution of a press release and advertising.

Books And Authors ( provides services for authors.

Muse Media ( provides publicity and public relation services, website design, book jacket design, editing, co-authoring, ghost writing, and proofreading.


Association Of Authors' Representatives (AAR) ( provides an unusual list of agents

Print-on-Demand ( provides print-on-demand and other publishing services.

Ebookstand ( is a printer that provides a range of services.

Publishing Professionals ( has 30 years experience in typesetting, design, publishing, and printing.

RPI Print On Demand ( is a full-time printing company specializing in fast short-run (trade) paperback novels.

Writers Services

EServer ( is a growing online community where hundreds of writers, artists, editors and scholars gather to publish and discuss their works.

Writer's Relief ( has a range of services that allow the writer to focus on writing.

Writing-World ( provides articles on writing, links to other resources, and market information.

Publishing Tools

Planet PDF (, focuses on e-Book publishing on Adobe Acrobat and PDF software. ( provides web intelligence about the production of e-Books.

E-Book Formats

E-Book format comparisions are presented at:

In addition to HTML, Instant eBook (hypertext readable only by Internet Explorer on a Microsoft operating system), Microsoft Word and plain text, there is Adobe Reader ( for e-Books in a PDF format. Other formats are briefly described in the following paragraphs.

The Hiebook ( is a Personal Digital Assistant (PDA) with many features,icluding reading e-Books downloaded to the PDA.

Microsoft Reader ( works with the Pocket PC handheld device and is fully compatible with Win95/98/2000/NT desktop and laptop computers.

The Mobipocket Reader ( is a universal eBook reader for all PDAs. Standard reader and content production tools can be downloaded for free. MS Office files can be converted and read on a Mobipocket reader.

There are several readers for the PalmOS including the eReader ( Other formats are described at (

The Future of E-Books

Avantgo ( is a free service that delivers thousands of mobile websites to consumers on their handheld personal digital assistants (PDAs) and smartphones. It can provide access to daily news sites, e-Books, and libraries.

Google Library Project ( plans to digitize millions of volumes and make the public domain titles freely readable online.

The Million Book Project ( of Carnagie Mellon University will digitize a million books by 2005 to create a free-to-read, searchable digital library. It appears that the project is behind schedule.

XLibris: An Active Reading Machine ( is a prototype interface for reading developed at the FX Palo Alto Laboratory to explore the question "can computers help us read?"

Dr. James E. Burke is a Principal in Burke Technology Services (BTS). BTS provides business assistance to startup technology companies, or organizations planning or integrating new technologies; develops and manages technology projects; performs technology evaluation and commercialization, and assists in technology-based economic development.

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