Back in the day, before I became aware of e-books, I managed to amass a sizable personal library. I purchased many computer books, and bookshelves, of course. I then discovered that Goodwill and other second hand stores had books for a dollar or two. That became one of my hobbies, finding good, used, technical, self help, and business books. Since then, I’ve discovered that the libraries and YMCA and JCCA sell used books once or twice a year. The last day of their sales, they usually have $5 a bag or box of books. I have not found a good place to get used bookshelves though. I just need to find some time to read something besides the internet.
I then became aware of e-book publishers. Packt Publishing offers what they call Free Learning. Everyday, they offer an e-book for free download. They do take a couple of breaks per year, and they do offer the same books multiple times per year, but I’ve claimed a significant number of very interesting (to me at least) computer books for free, by just logging into their website every day and clicking a few places on their website.
I also discovered that Barnes & Noble, Google Play and Amazon Kindle offer free e-books. I’ve managed to purchase over 17,000 Nook books over the last couple of years (pre covid19 of course). I don’t know how many I’ve gotten from Google, but it’s a bunch. I know there are other publishers and bookstores which offer free books as well.
The cool thing is I don’t have to have bookshelves or move them when I move. The publishers/distributors keep them in the cloud, for when I want them.
A lot of these books are not things that I would ever read, but there are certainly more that I would read, than I ever will read, unless I learn to read really fast or get a bunch of computers to help with processing the contents into something much shorter.
I think that I might use some of the books to train computers to write similar best selling content and then publish a bunch of books that I would never read, but many others might. I’d be willing to split the profits with the computers.
Anyone have any ideas about what to do with lots of free reading material?