15 July 2011

Digital Book Index

The website of the Digital Book Index provides a list of links to more than 140,000 free "full-text digital books from more than 1800 commercial and non-commercial publishers, universities, and various private sites." The visitor can browse by subjects or search by author or title. Canadian content under the category of military history - World War I - personal narratives and diaries, for example, includes amongst the offerings: Frederick Bell's "The First Canadians in France", Ralph W. Bell's "Canada in War-Paint", Sapper W. Brindle's "France & Flanders: Four Years Experience Told in Poem & Story", Frank Carrel's "Impressions of War", H.D. Clark's "Extracts from the War Diary and Official Records of the 2nd Canadian Divisional Ammunition Column", Frederic Curry's "From the St. Lawrence to the Yser with the 1st Canadian Brigade", etc., etc. Each publication links to a page of the Internet Archive or other sources, the former providing electronic files in various formats - such as PDF, EPUB, Kindle, or even the option to read it online.

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