Classic books have been available in eBook format for some time from sources such as Project Gutenberg. However, if you’ve ever downloaded these eBooks you will have noticed that the formatting and design can often be askew/below par. Standard Ebooks is an online archive of downloadable classic eBooks that have been reworked to provide top quality and optimum compatibility with modern eReaders:
The Standard Ebooks project is a volunteer driven, not-for-profit effort to produce a collection of high quality, carefully formatted, accessible, open source, and free public domain eBooks that meet or exceed the quality of commercially produced eBooks.
Standard Ebooks takes eBooks from sources like Project Gutenberg, formats and typesets them using a carefully designed and professional-grade style manual, fully proofreads and corrects them, and then builds them to create a new edition that takes advantage of state-of-the-art ereader and browser technology.
Standard EBooks‘ archive currently consists of over 450 classic titles to choose from and the library is searchable either by category or keywords. Here is just a tiny sample:
Download formats include:
- Compatible epub— All devices and apps except Kindles and Kobos
- azw3— Kindle devices and apps
- kepub— Kobo devices and apps
- Advanced epub— An advanced format that uses the latest technology not yet fully supported by most eReaders
Plus, of course, all eBooks can be read online in most modern browsers. When you click a thumbnail you’ll be taken to that eBook’s download page where you’ll see a brief description of the book along with a word count, approximate read time, and a rating for ease of reading.
These are all top quality eBooks which, for classic book lovers, would make an excellent addition to anyone’s library.