Reading has always been a solo act. And now that we are in lockdown, it’s time to get some serious reading done. Read on to find avenues to read free ebooks.
COVID-19 is wreaking havoc in 2020. Almost the entire world is in lockdown. Apart from the most essential services, everything has come to a standstill. Keeping mind, body and spirit in check during such times is of utmost importnace. To stimulate all the right notes in our minds, books have yet again come to our rescue. A plethora of publishers and apps have made their catalogue free to browse and read. From scholars to casual redears, from non-fiction people to fantasy fans, there is so much for everyone to explore and keep their minds up and running. And given the choices to access books, we can say that…
….the ebooks have well and truly arrived.
Now let’s find out where you can access them:
NBT to come up with ‘Corona Studies Series’
“Realising the extraordinary psychological, social, economic and cultural significance of Corona Pandemic for the human society in times to come, National Book Trust is launching a publishing series titled ‘Corona Studies Series’ to document and to provide relevant reading materials for all age groups for the post-Corona readership needs.”- said the press release by NBT. You can keep a tab on the NBT website to read free ebooks.
Springer Makes over 400 science titles freely available
As mentioned in the official all press release, “A [wide] range of essential textbooks from all disciplines will be freely available to support higher education institutions worldwide.” As the move comes in motion, about 409 titles have been made available which can be accessed through the official website. Or you can access them here.
Amazon Kindle Freebies
Amazon has a large repository of books. Top titles like, The Sandman by Neil Gaiman and Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni’s, The Palace of Illusions can be accessed for free on Amazon Kindle for a limited time. Also, top comics brand DC has made some first chapters and other available for free to read on Kindle.
Marvel Opens Up Its Universe
To read free ebooks (comics), just go to Marvel’s app or website. You can now access umpteen Marvel titels that otherwise cost a lot by simply downloading the app. It’s a great time to load on some comics.
Juggernaut’s Online Literature Festival
Juggernaut has started an online literary campaign, called #readinstead in partnership with Scroll.in. Keeping the hardships of the readers as well as the industry in view, Juggernaut has made their app free. Already a big name in the digital space, the juggernaut has around 5000 titles by some 2000 authors.
COVID-19 Research Content by International Publishers
Earlier the chief science advisers around the word called on publishers “to voluntarily agree to make their COVID-19 and coronavirus-related publications, and the available data supporting them, immediately accessible in PubMed Central and other appropriate public repositories, such as the World Health Organization’s COVID data base, to support the ongoing public health emergency response efforts.”
In response, The Association of American Publishers‘ (AAP) president and CEO Maria A. Pallante has said, “In this urgent and serious environment, we are grateful to the many publishers who are doing their part to communicate valuable discoveries, analyses, and data as quickly as possible, including by making their copyrighted articles pertaining to the virus freely available for public use during this crisis, in both text and machine-readable formats…” Needless to say, to remain well-informed in times like these is of great importance. And to access reliable information regarding COVID-19, one can visit these international portals and their publications.
As the lockdown period extends worldwide and the pandemic rolls-on, it is heartening to see publishers coming forward with open arms. By making knowledge freely accessible, Publishers are doing what they do best, i.e. taking care of society.