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Free Books for Benjamin Franklin’s Birthday

Today is Benjamin Franklin‘s 306th birthday, a day to remember the work of the famous publisher and author. 

To celebrate, we’ve collected five free digital books written by the great man–they can be downloaded in all eBook formats. We especially recommend the autobiography with illustrations by E. Boyd Smith (sample embedded above).

Follow these links to explore more free eBooks at Project Gutenberg: our 50 Free eBooks To Be Thankful For list, our Free Books for Halloween collection, our Free Herman Melville books list, our Free Edgar Allan Poe books collection, our Downton Abbey poetry reading list, our Free Bram Stoker collection and our Free Books That Inspired David Foster Wallace list and Free Books Neil deGrasse Tyson Thinks Everybody Should Read.

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50 Free Books To Be Thankful For

What book are you thankful for this year? We’ve created a giant flowchart to help you browse the top 50 free eBooks at Project Gutenberg. Don’t forget to share your Thanksgiving book at the #ReaderThanks hashtag

Click the image above to see a larger version of our book map. Your choices range from Charles Dickens to Jane Austen, from Sherlock Holmes to needlework. Below, we’ve linked to all 50 free eBooks so you can start downloading right now. The books are available in all major eBook formats.

Follow this link to see an online version of the flowchart, complete with links to the the individual books.

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The Bookshelf at Your Fingertips, Literally

The New York Times’s Peter Wayner decides it’s time to devote attention to the rise of e-readers and portable devices that allow commuters to read books when they choose to. Someone like lawyer Paul Biba, who commutes into Manhattan from New Jersey with his trusty portable reader. “Once you get use to having books with you, you get used to reading in places where it never occurred to you. If I’m waiting in line at the supermarket counter, why not read one of my science fiction magazines?” he said. “Believe it or not, I’ll sit down in my chair at home, pull out my phone and read a book.”

Getting Wayner’s attention are cellphones, the Sony Reader as well as software platforms like Manybooks.net and Fictionwise that create programs allowing people to read on their handy portable devices – such as the iPhone. It is only a matter of time before users create tools specifically for the iPhone, said Michael Hart, the founder of Project Gutenberg, a repository of e-books no longer under copyright protection. “The iPod was only out one week before we had e-book readers running on them, so it will be no surprise if there are multiple sets of programs, readers and formats for the iPhone,” he said.