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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 (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?

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Greg Weeks March 1, 2016 um 9:44 am

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. » Mockingbird-Plugin für Chrome: Im Kindle-Store suchen, bei Project Gutenberg lesen March 3, 2016 um 6:15 am

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