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Thread poster: Dan Butuza

Dan Butuza  Identity Verified
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Feb 5, 2006

Surfing the internet I stumbled across this link, and I thought it would be of great interest for those who (still) enjoy reading.
So, enjoy!


Anne Lee  Identity Verified
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A very strange collection Feb 5, 2006

I have been looking for e-books for a while, so you made me curious. Thanks for the link.
However, these books feel a little dated (without any sign of a publication date) ; it is an odd collection indeed.
Read this extract from 'Manners and Social Usages' by Mrs Sherwood in the section: 'Women's studies':
"In sending to inquire for a person's health, cards may be sent by a servant, with a kindly message."

Interesting to see that the list under 'banned books' includes 'Adventures of Huckleberry Finn' by Mark Twain and 'Ulysses' by James Joyce.


Francisco Bolaños  Identity Verified
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Thanks... Feb 5, 2006

Very interesting link, Dan, thanks a lot! Yes, its weird... When I was 10 years old I read Tom Sawyer for the first time, and I never thought I was reading a "banned book"icon_smile.gif




Walter Landesman  Identity Verified
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Banned? Feb 5, 2006

Included as "banned":
* Jack London`s The Call of the Wild (I thought it was for youngsters)
* Mary Shelley`s Frankenstein or the Modern Prometheus (wasn´t it a classic?)
* James Joyce`s Ulisses.

Oh my!!!


Ines Garcia Botana  Identity Verified
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Thank you so much! Feb 6, 2006

I have been searching the web for this kind of site for many months. Thank you very much! If you happen to find something similar, let us know it!!

Thank you, again.



Marc P (X)  Identity Verified
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Free e-books Feb 6, 2006

Anne Lee wrote:

However, these books feel a little dated (without any sign of a publication date) ; it is an odd collection indeed.

I suspect (I haven't checked) that this is because the copyright has expired, which is why they are now free.



Monique Laville  Identity Verified
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Thanks a lot Dan Feb 6, 2006

I have been looking for many of these categories (science fiction books in english, african-american studies, ...) for I don't remember how much.

You are right Marc. These books are now "du domaine public".

Here are a few other sites where you will be able to download books freely.

From the Bibliothèque Nationale de France, links to free downloads of books and documents in a variety of fields and many languages:

Bibliothèque de Lisieux. As far as I know, only books in french to download. I found there texts that are no longer printed:

Mainly french writers:

Is there some place where we could find paper and ink for free?


WIDIC  Identity Verified
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The best booklet for a "phrenic massage"


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