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Monday, April 28, 2008

App for public domain e-books

Voluminous is an application for reading, organizing, and downloading public domain e-books. It offers federated searching for e-books, browsing by topic, customizable markup style of plain text, bookmarks where you stop reading, etc. Version 1.0 was released on April 18. (Thanks to Boing Boing.)

Voluminous is only available for Mac OS X and is not free/open source; however, see the comments at Boing Boing for similar applications on other platforms.

Comment. I sometimes find it challenging to explain topics in OA, since the goal is often to create opportunities for applications which don't yet exist. This is a good example of how openness enables unforeseen, build-upon innovation by third parties.