Archive for Books

Free Online Audiobooks

Thousands of books, chapters, and short stories are available for free listening and downloading from LibriVox. While the works are in the public domain, there are plenty of interesting pre-1923 works here: Henry James, Herman Melville, Frederick Marryat (if not the father of naval fiction, then at least the father of British naval fiction), Jules Verne, H.G. Wells among others. You can also search by title as well as genre.

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What Books Do Highly Ranked Military Officers Read?

Please look at this list from the new book, The Leader’s Bookshelf. You might be surprised to find Isaac Asimov (it certainly has been his week in this blog) is listed as well as Patrick O’Brian (Among my all-time favorite authors. He wrote like Jane Austen and Charles Dickens and those are both authors of whom I just can’t get enough.) P.S. I have read 30 of the 50.

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ABC Books

Books developed to allow children to learn their alphabet have existed for years. This site from Princeton –  ABC Books – reproduces fifty-four of these primers, ranging from 1805 to 1987. “Far from simply ‘A is for Apple,’ these rare texts cover a diverse scope of subject matters and approaches such as a ‘fisherman’s’ alphabet from 1823 or a sign-language alphabet from 1974.” Of interest to many disciplines.

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National Academies Press Guide to President Trump’s Speech

The National Academies Press has issued its guide to President Trump’s recent speech to Congress; it presents his address along with links to relevant NAP volumes. This gives you a good idea of the scope and depth of the Press; almost 9000 volumes are freely available. And while technically, his appearance was not a State of the Union event, this FAQ from CRS is still relevant.

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What Books Meant to President Obama

If you want to read the transcript of the interview President Obama had with The New York Times, it is here

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Here Is Why Books Matter

The Need to Read. The article title alone says it all. Read it in light of the recent Pew report – Book Reading 2016.

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Some Bookish News

If you haven’t looked at the various blogs authored by the British Library, for shame! The BL is among the world’s largest libraries and it contains numerous treasures; its digital manuscripts collections are marvelous and are highlighted in the blogs.

Did you know that the book industry here is controlled by five mega-publishers? This infograph shows who owns whom.

The Association of American Publishers newsroom has valuable book trade statistics and industry-related news.

Did you know that the federal government is among the world’s largest publishers? And that much of what it publishes, including books, are now online? Come here to find out what is available.

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