3.29.2010

Books Should be Free

Well, some books should be free. For example, why do folks still have to pay $14.95 for The Great Gatsby when the author is dead? This novel should be available in cheap editions, etc, for all to enjoy. I have no problem with authors getting properly compensated, but a trust reaping the benefits after the author has been dead for decades? I don't think so; but, I digress.

Anyway, in the vein of democratizing reading, booksshouldbefree.com does us a favor by bringing great audio versions of our favorite books to the world for free download. They had me at hello when I spied Anne of Green Gables and Alice in Wonderland on the homepage.

If you need more convincing (and I didn't), the Book Examiner lists audio books as the best way to read 50 or more books per year. Pop an audio book in the ipod before a jaunt around the block, listen to one in the car on the way to the grocery store, or tune in while you're going through the mail. You get the drift. I'm getting started on George Eliot's The Lifted Veil tonight.

1 comment:

  1. My solution is Gutenberg.org. Splurge a few hundred on an eReader, save big on book-buying. There are some great books there, and all of them free, just like they should be!

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