“The Universal Digital Library, a book-scanning project backed by several major libraries across the globe, has completed the digitization of 1.5 million books and on Tuesday (11/27/07) made them free and publically available.

The online library offers full text downloads of works that are in the public domain, or for which the copyright holder has been given permission to make available. Having the backing of prominent institutions such as the Bibliotheca Alexandrina in Alexandria, Egypt, however, the collection goes far beyond the widely available classics, though those are there, too.” See the rest of the article by Candace Lombardi at CNet News at: http://www.news.com/2100-1025_3-6220358.html



Online Coupon Websites

November 26, 2007

Shopping online can be just as exciting as going to a mall and trying to find a parking place on Black Friday. However, these sites provide coupon codes to all sorts of online stores. Information for online deals can be sorted by item type (apparel, toys, etc.), store name or new or about-to-expire coupons.





Send A Postcard To Our Troops

November 26, 2007

Let’s Say Thanks is a free program provided by the Xerox Corporation to allow those of us at home to send a postcard with a message of thanks to U.S. troops overseas. Just choose a postcard design from one of the dozens supplied, select a pre-written message or write a personal note and click send. Thank you to patron Marlene Lenker for letting us know about this website.


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. Visit their catalog and download books you wish to listen to. You can search the catalog page, browse the catalog, or use our advanced search options. Once you’ve got some of the mp3 or ogg files in your computer, you can listen to them in several ways. You can listen through your computer speakers using your favorite audio player. You can load the files into an iPod or other portable audio player and listen when and where you like. You can burn the files to an audio cd and listen to them in the car or on your home stereo.


Marvel Comics launched an addition to their website last week. They began to provide online access to 2,500 issues-with more added every week– of a variety of comics for online viewing only-no downloading. Named Marvel Digital Comics Online, the viewer has an opportunity to view 250 free samples for a limited time; there is also a subscription fee which can be a monthly or a one-time annual fee to access all the online comics. DC Comics and Dark Horse Comics have also begun to put comics on their MySpace sites.


Altoids Games

November 15, 2007

Altoids was nominated for a 2007 Webby Award for their website which includes some fascinating games and an arcade. You may have to update your FlashPlayer or Google Earth software to play but the Altoids site provides links for the necessities.


“The Webby Awards is the leading international award honoring excellence on the Internet. Established in 1996 during the Web’s infancy, the Webbys are presented by The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, a 550-member body of leading Web experts, business figures, luminaries, visionaries and creative celebrities.” Check out the winners and nominees for categories including: activism, art, associations, automotive, banking/bill-paying, beauty and cosmetics, copy/writing, home page, navigation/structure, practices, use of animation or motion graphics, visual design, education and more.