Wednesday, January 26, 2011

KooBits For E-Books

As many of you know, I haven't been around for a few days because my father passed away a week ago yesterday. However, I am trying to get back in the saddle emotionally now. 

On a different topic, I am not a fan of e-books per se. I love holding a book in my hand, flipping the pages, seeing them collect dust on the shelves, arranging rearranging them according to different categories, and pulling them down again to refresh the memories of the pleasure it brought when I read it the first time. 

However, over time, somehow I have managed to collect some e-books that people have shared or I have downloaded from various sites. They all sit in a computer folder that is cumbersome to search through, although I do have them categorized into genres.

Today, I discovered a free program called KooBits. This nifty little program takes most formats of e-books on your hard drive and gives them covers like a real book and places them on library shelves. You can create categories, genres, and rearrange the books to your heart's content. The only thing missing is virtual dust, which is a great savings on having to pay a virtual housekeeper to keep the shelves clean.

As an added bonus, there are hundreds of free e-book downloads in numerous categories. Many are classics like Mark Twain's titles, Bulfinch's Mythology, and plenty more. Once you open your book, you can bookmark pages, highlight text in different colors and even put in "rubber" stamp markings to highlight different sections. 

If you like e-books at all, give this a try. You will need to register, but it is free thereafter.

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