New Chrome Plugin Lets You Showroom Amazon, Download eBooks from Project Gutenberg

mockingbird logoAmazon made showrooming a dirty word, and it has come back to haunt them.

Over the past few years we've seen Chrome plugins that let you browse Amazon and check books out of your local library, borrow books on Oyster's (now defunct) ebook service, or reverse showroom and buy books in either the UK or France.

And now there's a new Chrome plugin that will let you download public domain ebooks from Project Gutenberg. It's called Mockingbird, and it can be downloaded from the Chrome web store.

mockingbird chrome plugin amazon showroom

Mockingbird works a lot like the other Chrome plugins mentioned above.

Simply browse the book category or the Kindle Store on Amazon, and the plugin will search Project Gutenberg and tell you whether there is a matching title on the PG website. It will prompt you with links you can click to visit PG and download either the ebook or the audiobook (I'd pass on the latter; the TTS voice isn't any good).

If you find a book, you can download it for free in a number of formats, including Kindle, Epub, PDF, etc. You can also read it on the PG website (this plugin might help you there).

But depending on the title, you might not want to. I checked a half-dozen titles in the Kindle Store and found that all of the public domain works were already available for free on Amazon.com (in what are probably nicer looking ebooks).

That makes the Mockingbird plugin almost redundant, but that doesn't mean it's useless. This same idea could be extended to include free audiobook sites like Librivox, or other free ebook sites.

The Project Gutenberg integration is really just the beginning of what can be down with this plugin.

What would you like to do with it?

About Nate Hoffelder (11063 Articles)
Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader: "I've been into reading ebooks since forever, but I only got my first ereader in July 2007. Everything quickly spiraled out of control from there. Before I started this blog in January 2010 I covered ebooks, ebook readers, and digital publishing for about 2 years as a part of MobileRead Forums. It's a great community, and being a member is a joy. But I thought I could make something out of how I covered the news for MobileRead, so I started this blog."

1 Comment on New Chrome Plugin Lets You Showroom Amazon, Download eBooks from Project Gutenberg

  1. Let’s try some PD books I know of.

    First Lensman
    Captives of the Flame
    The Forgotten Planet

    Nope, no free version on Amazon. I think Amazon stopped pulling in new free books a couple of years ago.

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