Reading

Another passion, when I make the time for it. Its usually the offline reading that suffers….


Offline Reading:

LibraryThing – some of my books that I have. I am still in the process of adding all the books to the catalogue. You may also find this service interesting as it matches your reading tastes with others with similar interests.

GoodReads – I am using this site more and more because of its mobile app ease of use as well as integration with my offline ebook manager Calibre (manages your entire offline library of ebooks with syncing to Kindles, Kobo readers, etc). Click to subscribe to an RSS feed of my updates on GoodReads.

Noseweek – the controversial South African magazine that dares to tell the real stories behind the story

Linux Format Magazine – really great mag on using Linux and focussed on non-technical users

Zinio Digital Magazines and Books – can be read on your computer or even on mobile devices and also includes lots of local South African magazines.

Bookwrym – an online open source and federated alternative to Goodreads for readers to share reviews and recommendations about books they have read. It allows you to host your own instance (or join someone else’s) and for followers across the Fediverse, including Mastodon, to like, reshare etc these postings. See the list of instances you can join.

Online Reading:

Some of the 400+ interesting RSS feeds that I monitor daily are:

Digg – Digg is a technology news website that combines social bookmarking, blogging, RSS, and non-hierarchical editorial control. With Digg, users submit stories for review, but rather than allow an editor to decide which stories go on the homepage, the users do.

Slashdot –  ‘News for Nerds. Stuff that Matters’ also a technology news site.

Wired News

Lifehacker – Daily weblog on software and personal productivity recommends downloads, websites and shortcuts that help you work smarter and save time

Google’s SA News – custom feeds are also available for most major countries. Or the website.

RSS Readers:

Discover the secret to focussing and filtering your reading of masses of information daily, by using RSS readers.

Free desktop: RSS Owl

Free Online: Feedly and I have now moved to using InoReader, but both are excellent. I have in the last year migrated to my own self-hosted open source RSS reader called FreshRSS. Tiny Tiny RSS is another good self-hosted option.

Other Reading Links:

Writer’s Write – Huge resource for writers and has been called “the who, what, where, when and how of writing”

Banned Books Online

Master Works of Western Civilization – Numerous classics in e-text

Google Print – Google’s project to digitize many books (Publisher Project covers recent books and the Library Project digitizes old classics)

Turning the Pages – turn the pages of classic books in the British Library

Google Reference – guide to using the online search engine better

Page-By-Page – Classic books online

Free-eBooks – specializes in collecting free fiction, tutorial, marketing and business eBooks

LibriVox –  LibriVox volunteers record chapters of books in the public domain and release the audio files back onto the net. Our goal is to make all public domain books available as free audio books. We are a totally volunteer, open source, free content, public domain project.

Project Gutenberg is the oldest producer of free electronic books (eBooks or etexts) on the Internet. Their collection of more than 18.000 eBooks were produced by hundreds of volunteers.

Internet Archive – an important Internet resource for over 586 billion webpages (including this website) as well as books, videos, software, audio and images.