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From the Cataloguer's Desktop

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From the Cataloguer's Desktop for Beginners, or, How This Thing Works.

First up, I haven't read these books. Not at the time of posting anyway ... I get to a few of them eventually, but there are only so many hours in a day and what I want to read FAR exceeds what I have time to read. There is no guarantee that the books listed here are good books. What you'll find here are books that I (or one of my co-workers) have catalogued ... books that I decided look intriguing, are on uncommon topics, that match up to interests of my friends (who are the reason this whole thing started in the first place), or that are just so weird that they deserve some PR for originality. They are also, as a rule, books that will not show up on a bestseller list or get major promotional space in a bookstore ... books that you might not ever know existed. Until you wandered in here, you poor thing ...


Note 1: The History
From the Cataloguer's Desktop was born elsewhere ... I am in the process of moving past columns to this location so that they will all be publicly accessible.

Note 2: The Privacy
Part of the reason From the Cataloguer's Desktop moved to its own home was friends expressing a wish to refer friends/acquaintances/coworkers/family to the book lists without exposing their own personal journals via my friends list. Therefore the Desktop friends list is masked so that everybody's privacy is assured ... you're only revealed if you comment (the readers here who know who I really am can comment on my own LJ; for everyone else, anonymous comments are enabled)

Note 3: Just in case printed books are not enough
I'm sure there are more free ebook sites out there ... I'll add them as I locate them.


Baen Free Library

The Baldwin Project

Banned Books Online


The Beck Center


Blackmask Online (now renamed "Munseys")

Books About Weaving, Textiles, and Related Topics


Burtoniana.org (Sir Richard Francis Burton)

Cabinet des Fées: a Journal of Fairy Tales

Canadian Poetry Archive

A Celebration of Women Writers

Chawton House Library & Study Centre


Civitates orbis terrarum

Clarkesworld Magazine

Classic Bookshelf

Classic Short Stories

Coach House Books Online Book Archive

Country Studies (Library of Congress)

Digital Library of India

The Domesday Book


Emory Women Writers Resource Project


The Ex-Classics Web Site


Free Books

Google Book Search

Hargrett Rare Book & Manuscript Library


Internet Sacred Texts Archive

Online Comics at Image Comics

Internet Archive

The Internet Classics Archive

Internet Library of Early Journals


LIBRO: The Library of Iberian Resources Online


The Million Book Project

Munseys (formerly: Blackmask Online)

NASA History Series

The Neddiad

Orson Scott Card's InterGalactic Medicine Show

Palin's Travels (includes the complete texts and photos of all his travel books)

Project Gutenberg

Project Gutenberg Canada

Project Gutenberg of Australia


Renascence Editions

Renaissance Festival Books

Representative Poetry Online

Sonnet Central

The Spoken Alexandria Project

Subterranean Press Magazine

Suite 101.com

Telltale Weekly

Theses Canada Portal

Tonight's Bedtime Story

Turning the Pages on the Web, British Library

Turning the Pages Online, National Library of Medicine

The Universal Library (hosted at Carnegie-Mellon University)

University of Adelaide Library E-Books

University of California Press E-Scholarship Editions

University of Illinois Press E-book Library

University of Pennsylvania Online Books Page

University of Virginia Library Digital Text Collections

University of Wisconsin Digital Collections

Victorian Women Writers Project

Wright American Fiction, 1851-1875