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ZAP Reader  ZAP Reader is a web based speed reading program that will change the way you read on your computer. Current beta testers report reading twice as much in half the time—that's a 300% increase in reading speed, without any loss in comprehension! There is nothing to install, it works with most popular browsers, and it's totally free!

Speed Reading   Improve your reading speed

World Cat  Find items in libraries near you. WorldCAT connects you to the collections and services of more than 10,000 libraries worldwide. Sign in to create lists,  bibliographies and reviews of library materials. Create your own free account.

375 Free eBooks:  Download to Kindle, iPad/iPhone & Nook

  1. Literacy.gov    The Library of Congress is the nation's oldest federal cultural institution and serves as the research arm of Congress. It is also the largest library in the world, with millions of books, recordings, photographs, maps and manuscripts in its collections
  2. WeBook - Writing Loves Company   Improve your writing skills! WEbook Writing Secrets are writing tips and tools brought to you by experts in the craft. Whether you're looking for tips on fiction writing, poetry writing, essay writing, or just general writing tips, WEbook Writing Secrets has you covered. New writing tips are added all the time - so come back often. Know a secret we don't? Visit WEbook Content Manager Melissa’s profile and send her a message with the subject: Writing Secrets.

  1. Textbook Revolution is a student-run site dedicated to increasing the use of free educational materials by teachers and professors. We want to get these materials into classrooms. On this site you'll find links and reviews of textbooks and select educational resources. Some of the books are PDF files, others are viewable online as e-books, or some are simply web sites containing course or multimedia content.


Mind Tools - Reading Strategies  In this article, we're looking at strategies that will help you read more effectively. These approaches will help you get the maximum benefit from your reading, with the minimum effort.


Books - Reading for students in the real world.

Extensions for the "Nook"

E-books: EPUB (including Adobe DRM or DRM free), PDF files, and CBZ files
Other documents: XLS, DOC, PPT, TXT, DOCM, XLSM, PPTM, PPSX, PPSM, DOCX, XLSX, PPTX
Audio: MP3, MP4, AAC, AMR, WAV, Ogg (Audio codecs: MP3, AAC, AMR, LPCM, Vorbis)
Images: JPEG, GIF (animated GIF is not supported), PNG, BMP
Videos in MP4, or Adobe Flash format, 3GP, 3G2, MKV, WebM (Video codecs: H.264, MPEG-4, H.263, VP8)

Extensions for the "Kindle"

Amazon Kindle is natively able to read unprotected documents (see DRM below) built upon Mobipocket's e-book technology. These include e-books with the .MOBI, .PRC, .AZW, and .PDB extensions...Many e-books purchased from vendors other than Amazon.com may be encrypted with DRM. These e-books cannot be read by the Kindle, nor converted to a format readable by the Kindle.  More information at "wiki.mobileread.com".


Comparison and explanation of e-book formats  from "Wikipedia"

  1. Career Readings for Teens  by Chad Foster  Fact: 50% of high school graduates go directly into the world of work. Eventually, all students end up in the same inevitable destination. Students who enter the workplace with knowledge but without skills will struggle. The Student Book will convince students of the critical need for listening, networking, questioning, and people skills as well as the power of work ethic and the poison of intolerance. Career Readiness for Teens is an engaging, easy read that will help all students enter the real world prepared as well as educated.  Site: Chad Foster

  2.  Unglue.it is a a place for individuals and institutions to join together to give their favorite ebooks to the world. We work with rights holders to decide on fair compensation for releasing a free, legal edition of their already-published books, under Creative Commons licensing. Then everyone pledges toward that sum. When the threshold is reached (and not before), we collect the pledged funds and we pay the rights holders. They issue an unglued digital edition; you're free to read and share it, with everyone, on the device of your choice, worldwide.  Crowdfunding is collectively pooling contributions (or pledges) to support some cause. Using the internet to coordinate means that complete strangers can work together, drawn by a common cause…
  3. Smashwords    Smashwords is the world's largest distributor of indie ebooks.  We make it fast, free and easy for any author or publisher, anywhere in the world, to publish and distribute ebooks to the major retailers.  FOR READERS, Smashwords provides an opportunity to discover new voices in all categories and genres of the written word. Once you register, the site offers useful tools for search, discovery and personal library-building.  Most of our books are affordably priced, and many are free  
  4. calibre is a free and open source e-book library management application developed by users of e-books for users of e-books. It has a cornucopia of features divided into the following main categories:
  5.       Library Management
  6.       E-book conversion
  7.       Syncing to e-book reader devices
  8.       Downloading news from the web and converting it into e-book form
  9.       Comprehensive e-book viewer
  10.       Content server for online access to your book collection
  11. ManyBooks.net  Browse through the most popular titles,recommendations, or recent reviews from our visitors. Perhaps you'll find something interesting in the special collections. There are more than 29,000 eBooks available for Kindle, Nook, iPad and most other eReaders, and they're all free! If you still can't decide what to read you might want to browse through some covers to see what strikes your fancy. Or try theRecent Additions to the library, with genre filter.

  12. Project Gutenberg   Project Gutenberg offers over 40,000 free ebooks: choose among free epub books, free kindle books, download them or read them online.  We carry high quality ebooks: All our ebooks were previously published by bona fide publishers. We digitized and diligently proofread them with the help of thousands of volunteers.  No fee or registration is required, but if you find Project Gutenberg useful, we kindly ask you to donate a small amount so we can buy and digitize more books. Other ways to help include digitizing more booksrecording audio books, or reporting errors.  Over 100,000 free ebooks are available through our Partners, Affiliates and Resources
  13. Reading Comprehension  Read the text and answer the questions based on it. Click on the button next to the correct answer. There is always only one correct answer. If you click on a wrong answer, you must try again until you find the right one. You needn't answer the questions in the given order, but you must answer all of them correctly to complete this exercise. Click on the arrows <= and => to go to the next or previous question.
  14. Reading Rockets  Many of the "tools" needed for science, math, and engineering exploration are right inside your home!  It's been said that teaching reading is rocket science. The following articles provide an introduction to what's involved in teaching kids to read and where we are in succeeding or failing at doing so.  
  15. Practice Test Part 1 Read the text and answer the questions based on it. Click on the button next to the correct answer. There is always only one correct answer. If you click on a wrong answer, you must try again until you find the right one. You needn't answer the questions in the given order, but you must answer all of them correctly to complete this exercise. Click on the arrows <= and => to go to the next or previous question.
  16. Listening Quiz  General Listening Quizzes[ Listen to Everyday Conversations with Adult and Children's Voices ]
  17. Reading Comprehension  Featuring free   reading comprehension worksheets for teachers and parents to copy for their kids. They include original stories, poems, essays, and articles. They are most appropriate for upper elementary through middle school years.
  18. Reading Log  A reading log or book journal is a great place to react to what you read. You can find out exactly how you feel about the characters; you may gain insight about the theme and plot; and you can expand your overall enjoyment of the literature. Here are a few idea starters. Feel free to build your own list of questions as you start your life-long habit of keeping a reading log or book journal. Read on.
  19. ZAP Reader  ZAP Reader is a web based speed reading program that will change the way you read on your computer. Current beta testers report reading twice as much in half the time—that's a 300% increase in reading speed, without any loss in comprehension! There is nothing to install, it works with most popular browsers, and it's totally free!
  20. Critical Reading and Thinking
  21. Speed Reading Tests   Are you an efficient reader? What kind of reader are you?You will know in a few minutes after you have completed this free online speed reading test.You will get your reading speed as soon as you have finished your timed reading. You may then perform a comprehension test with a series of questions about the text you have just read. 
  22. Read Better Faster   For most people, it is easy to learn to read faster. Your reading rate is often just a matter of habit. But to begin, you may need to try to change some habits and try these tips:
  23. Super Reading Tips & Tricks   Most speed-reading methods are based on skim-reading first and in reading groups of words. It takes discipline and practice to become a super reader. Modern speed reading software also can come in handy to greatly increase reading speeds.
  24. Questions you may have include:
  25. How important is reading fast?
  26. How is skim reading used?
  27. How do you read groups of words?
  28. This lesson will answer those questions.
  29. Reading Strategies    In this article, we're looking at strategies that will help you read more effectively. These approaches will help you get the maximum benefit from your reading, with the minimum effort.
  30. The Evil Land Lady    Here's the problem:    You are an ESL student at the University of Victoria, living in a rented apartment which is part of your la      ndlady's house. Your landlady is making you very unhappy. She is always spying on you and reading your mail, and she is rude to you when you come home late or bring friends home. She won't allow you to have friends to stay, and she seems to know all your private business. What should you do?
  31. Reading Comprehension Test    Read the text and answer the questions based on it. Click on the button next to the correct answer. There is always only one correct answer. If you click on a wrong answer, you must try again until you find the right one.
  32. Interactive Logic    IQ Tests, Logic Puzzles, Problem Solving & Logical Thinking Skills
  33. Cause and Effect    Read the statements below and then choose the best answer to the question from the list of lettered choices that follows.  Sometimes when we don't get enough sleep we become very short-tempered.  It is important to set a time to go to bed that is realistic. How are these two sentences related?
  34. Calibre  eBook management  calibre is a free and open source e-book library management application developed by users of e-books for users of e-books. It has a cornucopia of features divided into the following main categories:  Library Management  E-book conversion  Syncing to e-book reader devices  Downloading news from the web and converting it into e-book form  Comprehensive e-book viewer  Content server for online access to your book collection
  35. National Day of Listening  Share stories    The National Day of Listening is a day to honor a loved one through listening. It's the least expensive but most meaningful gift you can give this holiday season. You can choose to record a story with anyone you know. This year, StoryCorps has chosen to feature the stories of veterans, active duty military, and their families
  36. World Cat  Find items in libraries near you. WorldCAT connects you to the collections and services of more than 10,000 libraries worldwide. Sign in to create lists,  bibliographies and reviews of library materials. Create your own free account.
  37. Reading  -Increase your reading speed -online
  38. Eye On Books  Since 1985, I have done well over nine thousand author interviews. I’m also planning to write a book based on those interviews, to be entitled Now I’ve Heard Everything.This website has excellent author interviews. They encourage young readers to read and get a broad depth of the world.
  39. Book Bytes Murder Mystery
  40. Book Bytes Romance Novels
  41. Resource Room  Where can you find books that will hold the interest of older readers who are still learning to read? What follows are lists of books which librarians & publishers have gathered 'for reluctant readers,' and sites with books specifically written with "hi-low" readers in mind.
  42.  
  43. Book Bytes for Young Adults
  44. Jeremy Leven. Satan: His Psychotherapy and Cure by the Unfortunate Dr. Dr. Kassler, J.S.P.S. Satan is feeling pretty down about the horrible reputation he's been stuck with, and he goes to a shrink and tries to justify himself. You see, God really is in charge--not just of the record-keeping, though it stands to reason that the guy who writes the historydetermines what we think about the players in it. But God needed Satan to do evil things, in order to demonstrate His own power and goodness, in order to teach moral lessons about temptation and resistance and obedience. Dr. Kassler does his best to make Satan well-adjusted, but ends with the sinking suspicion that he has converted the only sane person he has ever known to the common irrationality we accept as reason.
  45. Book Bytes Fantasy and Science Fiction
  46. Book Bytes- Cat Books
  47. Book Bytes Humor
  48. Book Bytes Horror Novels
  49. Book Bytes Fantasy and Science Fiction
  50. Book Bytes Thrillers and Disaster Novels
  51. Literature.org and Classics On this site you will find the full and unabridged texts of classic works of English literature. Fiction from authors like Lewis Carroll, the Bronte sisters (AnneCharlotte andEmily), Jack LondonMark TwainCharles Dickens and many others, and classic scientific works from Charles Darwin and Rene Descartes.
  52. Spark Notes
  53. Literature Resources


Audio Books  Free

  1. LibriVox   LibriVox provides free audiobooks from the public domain. There are several options for listening. The first step is to get the mp3 or ogg files into your own computer: LibriVox Catalog or Podcast.
  2. LibraryThing  LibraryThing is a cataloging and social networking site for book lovers.  LibraryThing helps you create a library-quality catalog of books: books you own, books you've read, books you'd like to read, books you've lent out ... whatever grouping you'd like.  Since everyone catalogs online, they also catalog together. You can contribute tags, ratings and reviews for a book, and Common Knowledge (facts about a book or author, like character names and awards), as well as participate in member forums or join the Early Reviewers program. Everyone gets the benefit of everyone else's work. LibraryThing connects people based on the books they share.
  3. AudioBooksforFree   MP3, iPOD and DVD audiobooks (adventures, detectives, horrors, classics, children, non-fictions, philosophy, etc.) for you to download and enjoy.  Every audio book produced and recorded by professional actors/narrators and experienced directors. No computerised text-to-voice convertions have been used.  Listen to our mp3 audio books on your computer, mobile phone, PDA, PSP, CD-MP3 portable player, portable MP3 player, portable DVD player or even on iPod.  Alternatively, convert our mp3-files into ordinary audioCD for your CD player, hi-fi or car stereo.


Reading


“No matter how busy you may think you are, you must find time for reading, or surrender yourself to self-chosen ignorance.” — Confucius

Extensions for the "Nook"

E-books: EPUB (including Adobe DRM or DRM free), PDF files, and CBZ files
Other documents: XLS, DOC, PPT, TXT, DOCM, XLSM, PPTM, PPSX, PPSM, DOCX, XLSX, PPTX
Audio: MP3, MP4, AAC, AMR, WAV, Ogg (Audio codecs: MP3, AAC, AMR, LPCM, Vorbis)
Images: JPEG, GIF (animated GIF is not supported), PNG, BMP
Videos in MP4, or Adobe Flash format, 3GP, 3G2, MKV, WebM (Video codecs: H.264, MPEG-4, H.263, VP8)

Extensions for the "Kindle"

Amazon Kindle is natively able to read unprotected documents (see DRM below) built upon Mobipocket's e-book technology. These include e-books with the .MOBI, .PRC, .AZW, and .PDB extensions...Many e-books purchased from vendors other than Amazon.com may be encrypted with DRM. These e-books cannot be read by the Kindle, nor converted to a format readable by the Kindle.  More information at "wiki.mobileread.com".

Comparison and explanation of e-book formats  from "Wikipedia"


  • Career Readings for Teens  by Chad Foster  Fact: 50% of high school graduates go directly into the world of work. Eventually, all students end up in the same inevitable destination. Students who enter the workplace with knowledge but without skills will struggle. The Student Book will convince students of the critical need for listening, networking, questioning, and people skills as well as the power of work ethic and the poison of intolerance. Career Readiness for Teens is an engaging, easy read that will help all students enter the real world prepared as well as educated.  Site: Chad Foster


  •  Unglue.it is a a place for individuals and institutions to join together to give their favorite ebooks to the world. We work with rights holders to decide on fair compensation for releasing a free, legal edition of their already-published books, under Creative Commons licensing. Then everyone pledges toward that sum. When the threshold is reached (and not before), we collect the pledged funds and we pay the rights holders. They issue an unglued digital edition; you're free to read and share it, with everyone, on the device of your choice, worldwide.  Crowdfunding is collectively pooling contributions (or pledges) to support some cause. Using the internet to coordinate means that complete strangers can work together, drawn by a common cause…


  • calibre is a free and open source e-book library management application developed by users of e-books for users of e-books. It has a cornucopia of features divided into the following main categories:

      Library Management
      E-book conversion
      Syncing to e-book reader devices
      Downloading news from the web and converting it into e-book form
      Comprehensive e-book viewer
      Content server for online access to your book collection


  • Project Gutenberg   Project Gutenberg offers over 40,000 free ebooks: choose among free epub books, free kindle books, download them or read them online.  We carry high quality ebooks: All our ebooks were previously published by bona fide publishers. We digitized and diligently proofread them with the help of thousands of volunteers.  No fee or registration is required, but if you find Project Gutenberg useful, we kindly ask you to donate a small amount so we can buy and digitize more books. Other ways to help include digitizing more booksrecording audio books, or reporting errors.  Over 100,000 free ebooks are available through our Partners, Affiliates and Resources

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