June 1, 2006 (Vol. 26, No. 11)
Strong Points: Outstanding breadth
Weak Points: None
A few years ago, digital books were all the rage. There was talk that digital books would replace traditional publishing, and while they have made inroads in many places, the print publishing industry is still in pretty good shape. What has happened in the interim, however, has been enormous expansion of digital offerings and the DigitalBookIndex is a great place to stay on top of it. Access to the site requires free registration and you can opt out of receiving additional info. After you’re in, you can search the lists by author, title, keyword, subject, or publisher. Books are available in PDF, HTML, and a variety of formats. There are free versions (out of copyright) and books for sale through the site. Perhaps I’m a purist, but if I’m going to pay for a book, I prefer to have it in printed form. Still, an awesome set of titles and a very well-organized collection.