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CD of the Month Series
From: B&R Samizdat Express
Compiled and Indexed by Richard Seltzer
Genre: History, Literature

Reviewed by Rochelle Caviness - March 15, 2006

Are you looking for a unique gift for yourself or the bibliophile in your life? Do you want to encourage your children to read by providing them with a vast array of literature and histories to read. Look no further than B&R Samizdat Express' CD of the Month program. This innovative program is similar to a book of the month styled programs. The difference is, however, that rather than only getting one book a month, you get a thematically organized collection of books. These books are compiled onto a single CD-ROM that will play on your computer, and it contains the texts of the books in the form of plain text (ASCII) files that you can open with almost any web-browser or word processing program.

The CD collections in the CD of the Month program can be purchased individually, or you can subscribe to an entire year's worth. You'll be amazed at the breadth and variety of topics and books that you will find in these collections, all of which comprise books that are in the public domain (i.e., their copyright has expired).

Most of the CD of the Month CDs include both fiction and nonfiction works, and while some of the collections only contain 10-30 books, other collections are much more expansive, containing more than 90 books. Best of all, if you purchase a year's subscription, you will, by the end of the year have acquired a vast library of works for about the same cost as three or four hard-covered books!

Here is an example of some of the past CD of the Month collections: These collections will be of special interest to visually impaired readers, as well as anyone tired of reading 'little print' because, as these books are in plain text files, once you open the files you can easily increase the font size or color to suit your needs by simply using the controls already contained in your web browser or word processing program. In addition, these files are readily accessible using computer screen reading or text-to-speech programs, as well as computer magnification programs. In addition, these collections ship with a freeware version of the windows-based screen reading program called ReadPlease.

This CD of the Month program is a perfect way of building a large, yet portable, library of books that will keep you reading for years to come. Best of all, this program is ideal for anyone who likes a surprise, as you never know the theme of the next collection of books on CDs that you will find in your mailbox each month. One thing you can be sure of, however, is that you will find a plethora of books that will feed your need to read!


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