Part of a book series I collect is online at Project Gutenberg.Betty Wales Sophomore, recently joined by Betty Wales Senior by Margaret Warde. These are books from a series for girls written in the early 1900s set in Harding College, which is a fictional Smith College. Once I saw this on Project Gutenberg, I was convinced I could find a lot of books there and I was right.
It hadn't occurred to me to put some of these books in our library catalog, but I will, thanks to Napa High Books . I have purchased a good number of e-books for our library, mostly reference books. These have been a big hit (which is sort of a pun as they get a lot of hits according to the statistics I track). My favorite vendor platform for the books is Gale's. It is very versatile in regards to printing and emailing, useful search feature, it lets you search more than one book at a time, it links nicely to Gale databases and it has a nice citation generator.
I have used DailyLit which sends a chapter a day of selected classics. I received daily chapters of the Personal Memoirs of General U. S. Grant until I got tired of just reading a chapter a day and went and checked the book out! But I thought this might be a way to hook reluctant readers. I also use my public library for ebooks and audio books. I just wish Apple and Overdrive would solve the format problems so I could download into my iPod.
I explored LibriVox, and will keep this tool in mind. I subscribe to Audible and have loved listening to books on my commute. I recommend audiobooks to patrons who seem to really like "story". . Also, I have found some students can listen to a classic book much more easily than they can read it. I find this to be true for myself. I recently listened to Madame Bovary and I liked it better than I did when I read it (admittedly a long time ago). I have not yet found a good mechanism for actually checking audiobooks out through the library, though.