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Downloading and saving a book

Project Gutenberg can be accessed directly from a portable device, with options to download to the device. On an iPad, copy in ePub and open in iBooks.

Affiliates of Project Gutenberg

lit2go.JPGLit2Go is a free online collection of stories and poems in Mp3 (audiobook) format. Each passage includes an abstract, citation, playing time, and word count and many of the passages also have an identified related reading strategy. Each reading passage can also be downloaded as a PDF and printed for use as a read-along or as supplemental reading material for your classroom.

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Lit2Go is offered through the Florida Center for Instructional Technology (FCIT), College of Education, University of South Florida

Pairing Project Gutenberg and Lit2Go - iPad version - to create a talking classic.

As with any new site, first determine the appropriateness of the site for your students' levels. Some sites may appeal to older audiences (adult ed levels), are school age level only, or may cross all levels.
Loyalbooks (free public domain audio books and ebook downloads)
LibreVox (free public domain audio books)
Learn Out Loud
Learning Ally
Librarian Chick
Many Books
Planet PDF
Audible Books
Teacher's Domain
Tar Heel Reader (powerpoint books)
Books read by members of the Screen Actors Guild

Electronic books from the public library

Go to Overdrive and download software

Software to download for Overdrive

Click on the search for a library tab to find your library

  1. Download the software from Overdrive. Open Overdrive.
  2. Search & find a book. Make sure you get MP3 for your iPod.
  3. Download book. (You will need to sign in with your library card.)
  4. Click on book. Click transfer to transfer it to Overdrive software. Find your iPod. Click transfer and it sends the book from Overdrive to the iPod or iPad.
  5. MP3 files for the iPod/iPad can be found in the MP3 link on the left navigation of the webpage.
  6. Look in Music on your iPod, recent downloads.

Just for laughs...