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Friday, September 28th, 2007 by | Filed Under: Cool Sites


Welcome to WOWIO! This Web site is dedicated to bringing you free books you can download to your own PC and read at your own leisure. The best part is that it’s the only place on the Web where you can download such high quality copyrighted books legally!

To get started, you need to register. To do so, click the Account button at the top of the page and choose “I am a new user.” This will take you to the Registration page. This site requires authentication of your identity and you can do this in three ways:

One way is to provide an e-mail address that is not anonymous, which means no Hotmail, Yahoo! or Google addresses will be accepted. The good news though is that if you have Internet service, you most likely have access to an e-mail address that’s not anonymous. For example, The second way is to provide a credit card, which will not be charged and it is only used to authenticate you. Or, the third way is to provide a scan of your ID, which will be deleted as soon as you are authenticated and are transmitted securely.

I used my e-mail address to be authorized. It seemed to be the least invasive. Now, I know that’s going to put some of you off. I mean, why do you have to be authenticated at all? Well, here’s what the site had to say about it:

“Signing up for a WOWIO account requires that you agree to the terms of a licensing agreement. Since an agreement is only meaningful when it is between two real parties, we require that people offer some proof that they are who they say they are. This licensing arrangement is what enables WOWIO to protect the content of our publishing partners and provide you with free e-books.”

Now, it’s your call, but I think this service is truly worth the authentication. You’re getting free books that you can download to your computer to be yours forever! You can get the classics, college textbooks, comics and more.

Once you are authorized, you just need to confirm the information you authorized with and then fill out an optional survey. Then you are ready to start downloading books, with only a limit of three per day! Even being the voracious reader I am, I seldom read more than two books a day, so that seems very fair to me.

Navigation is pretty easy too. There are featured titles on the main page and you can search by Title, Author, ISBN or Keyword. Or, you can use the drop down menu and use the categories to find a book to enjoy.

I like the category browser when I’m not looking for something specific. I was happy to find familiar reads like Shakespeare, Emily Dickinson, Kurt Vonnegut, as well as, helpful books on Business, Life, Computers and Textbooks. It really is like a bookstore where you can go browse and select the books that interest only you!

I would not let children browse around this site by themselves, just as I wouldn’t let a child run loose in a bookstore. They might find books you wouldn’t want them to know about. I think you should browse the children’s section together, just like you would at the kid’s corner of your local bookstore.

I know I’m going to use this site quite a bit. I hope you will too. Enjoy it!

~ Amanda

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