In Feburary 2011, I broke my right leg and ended up having to deal with an extend stay in the hospital and time away from work. I was given an eReader as a get well gift and have been using it to kill the time. One of the things I found is that many classic woodworking books are available in electronic format for free. Many of these come from Google Books.
You can read these books on-line using your web browser and down load them to your computer and save them there if you like. If you have an eReader, such as a Sony, Kindle, or Nook you can send the books to them and use them on your reader. This also can work on iOS devices (iPhone/iPad) and Android smartphones if you download an eBook reader application. eReader applications are available from Apple, Amazon, and Barnes and Noble as well as others.
If your adverse to technology, many of these books have been reprinted and are available on Amazon.com in hard copy. Simply go to http://Amazon.com and search for the book’s title or author. Also, I have seen a number of these books in Amazon’s Kindle store. You can see Amazon’s current list of Kindle woodworking books at the following link.
If your interested in discussing eReader technology let me know, I have used Various iPhone and iPad eReader applications, the Nook Color and Kindle eReaders.
I’m going to keep a running list of eBooks and links to them here. I will add to the list over time.
Individual Book Links
Links to Ebook Sites
Google Books – Google book site (search for books and filter on free books). Able to download books in PDF format.
Project Gutenberg – 33,000 ebooks in many formats including ones for various eReaders.
ChestofBooks.com: Read Books Online for Free – Check out the crafts and home improvements sections for woodworking related books. The books do not appear to be downloadable.
The Evenfall Studios - Woodworks Library – 175 free woodworking related books. Most appear to be in PDF format.
Internet Archive – Lots of different media. Books in many different formats. Search for items of interest.
Do It 101 – Woodworking Section – Good selection of information. Books are HTML format.
Darkwood Woodcarving- good selection of PDF eBooks on wood carving
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