From The Pastor At St. Paul's UCC, Freeburg, IL

Free Ebooks

I know I’ve blogged about this before, but if you have an e-reader you might be interested in getting freebies. Really. Free. No catch. Except, maybe, that they’re in the public domain and therefore <gasp> old. As in classic.

The Gutenberg Project has over 36,000 books available in various formats to fit Kindle, Nook, ipad, etc. I don’t think it’s the most intuitive site to navigate but you can figure it out. A search for Jonathan Edwards turns up one book of collected sermons.

A new site I’ve discovered (and wow, how hard was that, googling “free ebook”) is Manybooks.net The site seems pretty easy to navigate; many of their books come from Gutenberg. Again, a search for Jonathan Edwards turns up just one book of collected sermons.

There are other sites out there that say they’re free but they’re not – you wind up paying a “membership” fee of some kind to actually download the books. Plus I found that several of these sites have zero classic Christian text.

So my main source is still Gutenberg for the classics, or maybe even better, Monergism Books. While not free most of their offerings are quite cheap. For example, Luther’s Bondage Of The Will costs $3.99; 92 Edwards sermons cost $4.00. Under Modern Authors, there are 28 books by R.C. Sproul, 34 by John Piper, 6 by John MacArthur, all ranging in price from $1.59 to $9.59 (for Piper’s books).

I think it’s great that so many classic texts are available, but I have to warn you – I read Moby Dick last week (it actually took about a month!) because I hadn’t read it in high school. If you’ve been fed a steady diet of USA Today, you’ll find these classic books like a great big fat mama comin’ at you to give you a great big smothering hug. Thick. Challenging. High in carbohydrates, and quite filling.

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