Flat World Knowledge - free textbooks
Flat World Knowledge is a large college textbook publishing company that allows students to read and share entire textbooks online for free. It develops and publishes peer-reviewed expert-authored college textbooks under a Creative Commons license.
This online library contains a comprehensive selection of books across disciplines including Business & Economics, Humanities and Social Sciences, Science, Professional and Applied Sciences, and Mathematics. The books are available for free online but can also be made portable and used across many digital devices or printed with a premium option, the All-Access Pass.
Flat World Knowledge offers several other possibilities too:
• teachers can adopt online books to use them in the classroom or can have students get their own printed copy (normally for a fraction of the normal textbook prices)
• books are open and can be reviewed, customised and reshared
• study aid tools such as key term flashcards, practice quizzes and audio guided study aids to help students succeed.
InTech - free scientific ebooks
InTech is an Open Access publisher of academic books and journals in the fields of Science, Technology and Medicine (STM). It provides free online access to high quality research and help leading academics make their work visible and accessible to diverse new audiences around the world.
Currently InTech gives free access to 1827 books and 12 journals, collaborating with more than 70,000 authors. They are researchers and scholars from the best ranked universities in the world, including globally-renowned experts.
Initially, most of the publications were in the fields of Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, Manufacturing, Operations Research, Environmental Engineering, Nanotechnology, Computer Science, Renewable Energy and Electrical Engineering. Since 2010 the publishing program has been expanded to General and Civil Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Materials Sciences and in particular Medicine, Biology and Biotechnology.
InTech is based on the principle of Open Access. It is a publishing model that does not charge readers for accessing scientific publications online. As a consequence, everything published as or in an open access resource is immediately available online for free. All use is fair use so long as the original authors and sources are credited. An Open Access article is more likely to be used and cited than one behind subscription barriers. Submitted works are published by InTech under the Open Access publishing model and Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 license (the author retains the copyright to his/her work and that can use it in any manner.)
All published resources on the website are accessible without registration. It is needed to submit contributions to the website.
SciYo - Free Scientific Books
SciYo is an online repository where users can read, download & share more than 273 free scientific books. It's free for everyone, anywhere in the world so long as the original author(s) and source are correctly credited. Sciyo books and book chapters are redirected and read under InTechOpen website (http://www.intechopen.com/), which is an online reading platform that operates under InTech Publishing Group, a multidisciplinary Open Access publisher of scientific journals and books covering the fields of Science, Technology and Medicine.
LRE - Learning Resource Exchange
The Learning Resource Exchange (LRE) for schools is developed and coordinated by European Schoolnet (EUN, http://www.eun.org) and enables schools to find educational content from many different countries and providers. Anyone is able to browse content in the LRE federation of repositories and teachers that register can also use LRE social tagging tools, rate LRE content, save their Favourite resources and share links to these resources with their friends.
Other info about the project at http://fire.eun.org.
Video Compression, Editing and Displays
An e-Book/tutorial that provides videographers, technicians and engineers with an in-depth understanding of compression, editing MPEG and the proper setup of color monitors. The author provides an easy to understand tutorial on the systems that are used in much of today's digital equipment. The book is generally aimed at the somewhat advanced videomaker who wants to get most quality out his/her work.
AACE - Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education
The Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), founded in 1981, is an international, not-for-profit, educational organization with the mission of advancing Information Technology in Education and E-Learning research, development, learning, and its practical application.
AACE runs several related international conferences including the Global Learn, ED-MEDIA and SITE, and hold a Digital Library with e-books and publications.
Project Gutenberg: free e-books
Project Gutenberg offers over 36,000 free ebooks to download to PC, Kindle, iPad, iPhone, Android or other portable device; on iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch you can reach Project Gutenberg through the Stanza catalog.
You can also choose between ePub, Kindle, HTML and simple text formats.
No fee or registration is required.