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Henry Fielding

Tablets: Downloadable classic books are in abundance

Tablets: Downloadable classic books are in abundance

Let's say you're getting, or giving, a new tablet or an e-reader (iPad, Kobo, Nook or Kindle Fire) for the holidays. Here's an idea for what to do with it: Load it first with free books. Thanks to Project Gutenberg, as well as the cultural gift known as public domain, you can build a library, as I have, with a variety of classic literature, gratis: Daniel Defoe's "A Journal of the Plague Year," Benjamin Franklin's "Autobiography," Kate Chopin's "The Awakening." It's enough to make you believe in the free flow of ideas.

OK, OK, I'll admit it: I'm a sucker for free books. They're the gift that keeps on giving, a gift the culture gives itself. This...