A few of our favourite book web-sites:
www.bl.uk/treasures/treasuresinfull.html - treasures of the British Library in zoomable detail: the Gutenberg Bible, Magna Carta, the first edition of Hamlet.
gutenberg.net - 20,000 out of copyright books in downloadable plain format text, digitalised by volunteers.
amazon.co.uk - “search inside” - not as pleasurable as browsing in a bookshop of course, but this feature allows you to dip into a book before you buy.
telegraph.co.uk/readings - authors read aloud to you online from their works or try librivox.org for whole texts read by volunteers, a sort of audio gutenberg.
bbc.co.uk/fivelive/entertainment/mayosbookpanel for lengthy samples of presenter Simon Mayo’s books of the month.
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