Friday Free Stuff: New Zealand ebooks

16 March 2012

It's New Zealand Book Month so what better time to showcase free New Zealand ebooks?

My favourite site for these is the New Zealand Electronic Text Centre, part of Victoria University of Wellington Library. One of its strengths is the interlinking between texts referring to each other - for example, the page for Wheat in the Ear (a fantastic novel about a woman growing up in 19th century Otira Gorge and Christchurch) links to The Puritan Paradox: An Annotated Bibliography of Puritan and Anti-Puritan New Zealand Fiction, 1860-1940: Part 1: The Puritan Legacy which discusses the novel among others of its time, and in turn is full of links to works by the authors etc it refers to.

The advanced search lets you narrow by language (English, Māori, and several others), place, year, and of course subject. Besides literature, NZETC has books on:Most texts are Creative Commons licensed. They can all be read online, but look in the right-hand column for alternative formats, including PDF, ePub (for those of us with ereaders), TEI (for the tech-minded), and DAISY (a standard for digital talking books).

Deborah Fitchett
Liaison Librarian