Free E-books and Resources for Your Summer Reading!

Part of the Cool Sites series

In my last post in the Cool Sites series I provided you with 35 free professional development opportunities for the summer! This post included ways to access free e-books. I want to share with you some great e-books that are resourceful and inspiring. Just click on the titles to go to the websites to download the e-books for free!

Unleashing the Idea Virus by Seth Godin

By far the most inspirational e-book that I have read and others would agree, since it is the number one e-book. Seth Godin sheds light on making your ideas epidemics. The book is about marketing an idea and offers educators who are involved in social media several suggestions to spread their innovative ideas. This book was the inspiration for my 30 Goals Challenge: Join the Movement, another free e-book you should read this summer! 😉 Visit the link above to find free materials including Seth Godin’s presentation.

The Amazing Web 2.0 Projects Book! (Vols. 1-2) edited by Terry Freedman

In this book, 94 educators discuss their 87 digital projects featuring 52 applications. Hear about their challenges integrating Web 2.0 applications and how they handled the issues!

Blog Companion: Technology Tidbits (Vols. 1-6) by David Kapuler

David provides readers with information on the newest Web 2.0 tools. His six free e-books provide you with a great way to learn about these technologies this summer!

Google and Technology Guides (5) by Richard Byrne

Richard provides readers with innovative ways to integrate technology. These 5 guides provide teachers with innovative ways to use Google apps, docs, and programs and how to integrate video and other technologies in your curriculum!

Teaching as an Act of Love: Thoughts and Recollections of a Former Teacher, Principal and Kid by Richard Lakin

Richard Lakin provides 55 thought-provoking, humorous and heartwarming pieces geared to teachers, principals, parents, and all those concerned with making schools more loving and effective. It presents a close look at a school staff working together to create a caring and challenging learning environment where children come first, as well as at a real partnership between school and home.

The Zen of Blogging by Hunter Nuttall

Hunter Nuttall describes the plot as “the story of an aspiring blogger who sets out on a journey to discover the secrets of blogging. What will he find at the top of Mount Blogmore? Will he learn how to become a great blogger, or will he get his head cut off?”

Digital Storytelling Tools for Teachers by Silvia Rosenthal Tolisano

Silvia Rosenthal Tolisano provides readers with a simple guide to digital storytelling.

Webtools Applied to Teaching by Ana Maria Menezes

Ana Maria provides readers with innovative ways to integrate Web 2.0 tools especially with language learners.

A New Way To Lecture by Michael Zimmer

Michael provides readers with innovative ways to integrate technology to replace boring PowerPoint lectures! I love the ideas!

I Write Educational Activity Booklets by Jerry Blumengarten, Cybraryman

Jerry created this Mixbook to share with students online. They will love the comics and learning about Jerry’s career! Jerry also has several useful book links on his website.

Free Reading Resources


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Shelly Terrell

Shelly Sanchez Terrell (@ShellTerrell) is an award winning digital innovator, an international speaker/consultant, and the author of Hacking Digital Learning with EdTech Missions, The 30 Goals Challenge for Teachers, and Learning to Go. She has trained teachers and taught English language learners in over 20 countries as an invited guest expert by organizations, like the US Embassy, UNESCO Bangkok, Cultura Inglesa of Brazil, the British Council in Tel Aviv, IATEFL Slovenia, HUPE Croatia, ISTEK Turkey, and Venezuela TESOL. She has been recognized by several organizations and publications as a leader in the movement of teacher driven professional development as the founder and organizer of various online conferences, Twitter chats, and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). Two of the projects she co-organized were shortlisted for ELTons, #ELTChat and the Virtual Round Table Language and Technology online conference. She was named Woman of the Year by the National Association of Professional Women, awarded a Bammy Award as a founder of #Edchat, and named as one of the 10 Most Influential People in EdTech by Tech & Learning. Her greatest joy is being the mother of baby Savannah and Rosco the pug. Shelly has an Honors BA in English with a Minor in Communication and a specialization in Electronic Media from UTSA, a Masters in Curriculum Instruction ESL from the University of Phoenix, and a CELTA from CELT Athens. She regularly shares her tips for effective technology integration via Twitter (@ShellTerrell),, and on her blog,, which has won several awards and recognitions as one of the top ESL, Edtech and Elearning blogs. Find over 400 of her slide presentations at


  1. Thx Shelly, u continue to amaze me w/ all your posts/ideas. I’m honored to be included in such a highly esteemed list. Jeff Utech has a new digital book which will be my next e-read.

  2. Great Post! I have found a good source of a free ebooks website. I know there are hundreds of websites I can recommend to those who want to get free ebooks. From these ones of the best is Obooko

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