A topic for the May San Antonio meeting will be eBook availability for OM libraries. Here is a summary of some free resources.
SURVEY OF FREE E-BOOK SITES. Information from Santa Cruz Public Library eBook page
Google Play https://play.google.com/store/books/collection/topselling_free
Google Play offers nearly 3 million free e-books from the public domain. In addition, Google has partnered with publishers and authors to make hundreds of thousands of e-books available for purchase, including new releases and bestsellers, with new titles added every day. Google Books stores a user's library in the digital cloud, so books can be read on just about any device with an Internet connection. Google Books is compatible with Android phones, iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, web browsers, and many supported e-readers. (Previously called Google Books.)
Open Library https://openlibrary.org/
Open Library, an online site of more than one million books, is part of the Internet Archive. Not all of the titles are available in digital format; some records link to WorldCat, where library holdings of physical copies can be viewed. Also available are e-books for users with an Open Library account, enabling the borrowing of the lendable e-books using laptops, reading devices, or library computers. Account holders can borrow up to five e-books at a time for up to two weeks. The site provides access to all of Project Gutenberg's books, plus hundreds of thousands of others as well. The selection ranges from Little Golden Books to off-the-beaten-track science fiction to textbooks to classics from Rudyard Kipling and Shakespeare. One hundred fifty libraries have donated scans of 85,000 books, which are available for download to patrons of those libraries which donated books.
Project Gutenberg http://www.gutenberg.org/
Project Gutenberg permits downloading of more than 33,000 free e-books to read on a PC, iPad, Kindle, or other portable device. These e-books are previously published by bona fide publishers and digitized with the help of thousands of volunteers. All e-books can be freely downloaded. No registration is required.
The Online Books Page http://onlinebooks.library.upenn.edu/
The Online Books Page is a website that facilitates access to books that are freely readable over the Internet. This site provides indexing/ searching and link to sites offering free, online digital content. It indexes more than one million titles, including academic, classics, self-published, and serials. Searches can be done by author, title, subject, and LC call number. Titles must be read online, so an internet connection is necessary. In some cases, individual sources cite a variety of formats and restrictions.
Topic Google Open Library
#1 Acupuncture 105 titles 1521 citations
#2 Chinese medicine 95 titles 2752 citations
#2 NOT #1 41 titles 2537 citations
#1 NOT #2 96 titles No citations
Gutenberg and Online Books Page did not yield significant results.
Please note: results are approximate, and some titles/citations listed may not reflect the topic search words.