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Does anyone know of any Creative Commons or public domain children's ebooks?

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@kelbot
Not sure if they meet your needs but my daughter likes those on megamousebooks.com most of which are free download.

@feonixrift
Good find, thanks! I'm still looking for some that are good for a bit younger even too. My son is 18 months right now but I'm saving this link for the near future.

@kelbot
Oh that's the hardest... At that age I really wanted both writing that sounds good aloud and visual interest, and so much writing for children gets reproduced as text-only.

@kelbot
Or it's stuff from eras that were rife with racism and sexism and... well archive.org/search.php?query=c isn't a place to go without a stiff drink some days.

@kelbot
A few other sources I'd bookmarked once upon a time (with caveat that a lot of the stories are older and .. of dubious appropriateness? and may not provide downloads)
en.childrenslibrary.org/
magicblox.com/
kids-online.net/library/index.
childrensbooksonline.org/libra

@feonixrift
Thanks. I will look into those. You're right, something visual other than words along with the story is important at this stage.

@kelbot
My main wish actually is for a pdf reader for either android or ios that would allow me to set button interaction only so the touchscreen would be just a screen... that way we could point at letters and grab at pictures together without it turning into a glitchy zoom-spaz page-flip that ends in me trying not to cuss. I don't mind scanning physical books myself to have copy on the go, but not being able to touch the 'page' is frustrating for small and large hands alike.

@feonixrift
I totally agree. There is no stopping a toddler from touching the screen and when the ereader is touch who knows what's going to happen. At best they are going to point at something and inadvertently turn pages. With most ereaders being touch only interface there isn't really a solution to that problem. My old nook simple touch has physical buttons on the side so I wonder if there is a way to put it into a mode that only responds to the buttons.

@kelbot
I still use my kindle (intentionally not touchscreen) when I want to paw my books while I scan them. This is such an underrated interaction.

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