Read Dictator Kim Jong-il’s Writings on Cinema, Art & Opera: Courtesy of North Korea’s Free E-Library

≡ Category: e-books, Film, Literature |4 Comments

Kim Jong-Il (1941-2011), son of North Korea’s despotic Kim Il-sung and a tyrant in his own filial right, had as many titles as he did talents, with honorifics including the Sun of the Nation and the Shining Star of Paektu Mountain. Highfalutin nicknames aside, the younger dictator was a pretty able guy.

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Fill Your New Kindle, iPad, iPhone, eReader with Free eBooks, Movies, Audio Books, Online Courses & More

≡ Category: Audio Books, e-books, Language Lessons, Online Courses |3 Comments

Santa left a new Kindle, iPad or other media player under your tree. He did his job. Now we’ll do ours. We’ll tell you how to fill those devices with free intelligent media — great books, movies, courses, and all of the rest. And if you didn’t get a new gadget, fear not.

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Illustrated Etiquette Guide Explains How to Ride the Paris Metro in a Civilized Way

≡ Category: e-books, Life |3 Comments

Fellow riders failing to observe proper commuter etiquette ranks high on the pet peeves list of habitual subway users worldwide. While passengers playing music loud enough for other commuters to hear would be inconceivable in Osaka, Japan, most straphangers wouldn’t bat an eye at iPods blasting in New York.

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The Big Aha, the Latest Novel by Cyberpunk Writer Rudy Rucker, is Now Out and Free Online

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A quick note: Rudy Rucker, one of the founders of the cyberpunk movement, put himself on the literary map with the Prize-Winning Ware Tetralogy. In the spirit of openness, Rucker has long made the Tetralogy freely available online.

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Free eBooks: Read All of Proust’s Remembrance of Things Past on the Centennial of Swann’s Way

≡ Category: e-books, Literature |5 Comments

“We seem to be reaching a point in history where Ulysses (1922) is talked or written about more than read,” writes Wayne Wolfson at Outsideleft in an essay on James Joyce and Marcel Proust, whose Swann’s Way, the first in his seven-volume cycle Remembrance of Things Past (À la recherche du temps perdu), turns 100 today.

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Read 18 Short Stories From Nobel Prize-Winning Writer Alice Munro Free Online

≡ Category: e-books, Literature |23 Comments

Calling her a “master of the contemporary short story,” the Swedish Academy awarded 82-year-old Alice Munro the Nobel Prize in Literature today. It is well-deserved, and hard-earned (and comes not long after she announced her retirement from fiction).

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The Complete Wizard of Oz Series, Available as Free eBooks and Free Audio Books

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The classic Wizard of Oz series was written by L. Frank Baum between 1900 and 1920. There are 14 volumes in total, starting with the most well-known book, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Below we’ve gathered every volume in the series, in both text and audio formats.

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The Famous Feynman Lectures on Physics: The New Online Edition (in HTML5)

≡ Category: e-books, Physics |5 Comments

Caltech and The Feynman Lectures Website have joined forces to create an online edition of Richard Feynman’s famous lectures on physics.

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Read 30 Free Essays & Stories by David Foster Wallace on the 5th Anniversary of His Death

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Let me start with the first lines that appeared in The New York Times five years ago: “David Foster Wallace, whose prodigiously observant, exuberantly plotted, grammatically and etymologically challenging, philosophically probing and culturally hyper-contemporary novels, stories and essays made him an heir to modern virtuosos like Thomas Pync

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Read “Slight Rebellion Off Madison,” J.D. Salinger’s First Story in The New Yorker & Early Holden Caulfield Story (1946)

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“Slight Rebellion Off Madison” — The first story J.D. Salinger ever published in The New Yorker was also a story that introduced readers to his most famous character, Holden Caulfield, long before the publication of The Catcher in the Rye.

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