A friend of mine recently bought an IPAQ, and Friday afternoon I went over to help her set it up. In order not to completely embarrass myself, I'll skip the part of the story where I messed up, and the part where my tech guru/son bailed me out. I'll skip those parts of the story, and not tell you how many hours were involved--and just get to the fun part in which she now has an IPAQ that functions!
Earlier in the week I had emailed links to her for Fictionwise and Mobipocket where she has access to thousands of current titles, including New York Times bestsellers. But it wasn't until we were ready to leave her house yesterday that I remembered Project Gutenberg. It is such an amazing site, and all the books (whose copyrights have expired) are free. So many wonderful classics are there. Some are even available as audiobooks.
A few weeks ago I downloaded James Hilton's Lost Horizon. It's just a text file instead of an actual ebook format, but I've peeked, and it's quite legible. Waiting for a dreary, rainy day, but I'm very much looking forward to re-reading.
It's interesting to read what's "hot" at Project Gutenberg. For example, on Thursday there were 350 downloads of Manners, Customs, and Dress During the Middle Ages and During the Renaissance Period, by P.L. Jacob.
The Project Gutenberg Literary Archive Foundation accepts donations of money and time to further the work. I think I've been remiss in telling you about this before. I'm so glad it finally occurred to me... Now I need to see which P.G. Wodehouse title I want first.