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The website has been transformed/overhauled.
Now there are even more good reasons for being a member/user of the Internet Archive, including:

* The Wayback Machine - find "lost" links to knowledge/media.
* About the Internet Archive
* Site Tour: April 20, 2015 - a video providing a highly informative site tour.
- but be aware of the Internet Archive's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Copyright Policy

(These links have been added to/inserted in the opening post.)

More than 1 million formerly broken links in English Wikipedia updated to archived versions from the Wayback Machine

Potentially useful tip in the comments:
Steven Snedker says:
October 26, 2016 at 11:59 am
Protip: anyone with a Drupal installation can fix broken links fairly quickly using a module

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I reckoned this post was worth mentioning here as it could be quite useful: (I already use Calibre, which is one of those mentioned, and which I did a Mini-Review of on DC Forum)
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10 best free ePub Readers for Windows 10
E-Books and e-book readers are probably one of best things to happen over the past few years. They don’t only let you carry too many books around in one device but also let you do your part in the conservation of the environment. ePub is a digital file format meant for e-books, and here in this post, we’ve discussed some of the best ePub readers available on Windows 10.

Free ePub Readers for Windows 10
We have covered some desktop freeware as well as some Windows Store ePub readers here. Let us take a look at them.

1. Calibre
Calibre eBook Reader is probably the best e-book library management tool you can ever have. And also if you own an e-book reader like Amazon Kindle or the likes, this software comes to your rescue. It lets you maintain a digital library of books and also lets you sync them across the devices. It can convert e-books to various other formats including the .txt and .pdf formats. The support for plugins lets you add more functionality to the tool and do a lot more.

2. FBReader
FBReader or Favourite Book Reader is a multi-platform tool that lets you read ePub files on various devices. Other than ePub format, FBReader can work with fb2, mobi, rtf, html, plain text, and a lot of other formats. It is a simple yet amazing tool. You can customize your reading experience completely by adjusting the looks and the feel of the book. You can have custom colors schemes and also create and save bookmarks in the book. Click here to download FBReader.

3. Bibliovore
Available to download on Windows Store, Bibliovore is a great ePub reader that supports Windows 10. It comes with synchronization features and uses Microsoft’s OneDrive to share the same files across different devices with the same account logged in. Bibliovore comes with the features like Day/Night reading mode and the ability to edit metadata of the files. Also, you can adjust font parameters and set bookmarks. Visit Windows Store to download Bibliovore.

4. Bookviser
Bookviser is another e-book reading application available for Windows phone as well as PC. Bookviser gives you access to over thousands of e-books available for free to download. If you are an avid reader, Bookviser may create an amazing bookshelf for you where the books are neatly organized and easily accessible. There are tons of amazing features available such as instantaneous share button lets you share clippings of text from books to various social networks. And the other features like text to speech and automatic backups makes this tool more usable and advance. Bookviser comes with all the basic features such as Day/Night mode, bookmarks, etc. Click here to download Bookviser.

5. Freda
Freda is again a similar application available for Windows phone as well as PC. It lets you read ePub, TXT, HTML and FB2 files. It offers free downloading of e-books from websites such as Project Gutenberg, Feedbooks, etc. You can look up dictionary definitions and translations while reading your book along with. Themes can be easily adjusted, and bookmarks can also be easily managed. Freda is dyslexic friendly and includes OpenDyslexic font making it easier to read for people affected by dyslexia. Visit Windows Store to download Freda.

Tip: CDisplay Ex is a free Comic Book Reader for Windows.


6. Icecream Ebook Reader
Another e-book reader with great features is Icecream Ebook Reader. Amazing UI and overall feel of this tool make it preferable. Comes with all the features of an e-book reader such as text themes, annotations, bookmarks, inbuilt dictionary and much more. A paid version of this application is also available which comes with more features and support. Icecream Ebook Reader is a fine e-book reader, and it does what is says.

7. OverDrive
OverDrive is another Windows Store application that lets you read ePub and other e-book formats on your computer screen. Other than e-books you can also listen to tons of audiobooks available on the internet. Moreover, you can even borrow e-books from digital libraries to which you have already subscribed, and you can automatically return titles to avoid any late charges or fees. You can create reading lists, wish lists, etc. OverDrive is a perfect tool for you if you have already subscribed to a digital library or of you have a digital library setup at your school or college. Visit Windows Store to download OverDrive app.

8. Books Bazaar Reader
It is a Windows Store application available for free to download. Books Bazaar gives you access to thousands of free titles available online. You can customize the entire reading experience by customizing themes and switch between Day/Night modes. The application also supports bookmarks, annotations, and highlights. Moreover, you can create reading lists and also share highlighted pieces of text from a book. Visit Windows Store to download Books Bazaar Reader.

9. Sumatra PDF
Sumatra PDF is basically meant to read PDF files, but it supports ePub and various other e-book formats as well. So you get the functionality of a full-fledged PDF reader with the ability to read ePub files too. Sumatra PDF is fast, fluid and portable application that you can carry around. Click here to download Sumatra PDF.

Read: 5 websites to download free eBooks legally.

10. Cover
Cover is a Windows Store application which was basically meant to read Comic books but you can for sure read ePub files and other e-book formats as well. All the basic settings can be adjusted, and you can edit your books/comics as well. A library is automatically created for you, and you can arrange your books properly in virtual shelves. You can highlight text, take snapshots and easily send them too. Visit Windows Store to download Cover.

Tip: Martview is a cool free animated eBook reader for Windows 10.
These were the ePub readers available out there for Windows 10. Did we miss out any? If so, please mention them in the comments section below. Some of you may be interested in following this link for eBook readers for Windows 10 Mobile Phone.

I happen to own an Amazon Kindle, and I personally use Calibre to continue reading books on Windows that I was reading on my device. Also, I sometimes edit the metadata for the documents that I create personally and Calibre can handle that part too pretty well.

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Just added these to the table of links in the OP:
Online encyclopaedias:Wikipedia
Infogalactic (a fork of Wikipedia)
I gave up on Wikipedia because of its bias/fakery, years ago, and started using Google Knol, until that was disappointingly closed by Google. However, though Infogalactic is a fork of Wikipedia, it seems intended to take a more liberal, hi-tech, hands-off  and non-censorial approach than Wikipedia - and for all the right reasons (objectivity, apolitical, freedom of speech, etc.). This novel approach just might work. We shall see. They had a press release on Oct. 2016:
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PR 20161010
From Infogalactic: the planetary knowledge core

INFOGALACTIC: an online encyclopedia without bias or thought police

Zürich, Switzerland. All around the world, thousands of users are accessing and editing the new online encyclopedia for the 21st Century, Infogalactic, which styles itself the Planetary Knowledge Core™. Conceived as a next-generation replacement for Wikipedia, the troubled online encyclopedia, Infogalactic is a dynamic fork of Wikipedia that is designed to supplant its predecessor by addressing the problems of bias, vandalism, harassment, abuse, and inaccuracy that have plagued the Wikimedia Foundation’s flagship project for years.

“Every notable public figure who has a page devoted to them knows very well what an inaccurate nightmare Wikipedia is,” said Vox Day, Lead Designer of Infogalactic, a computer game designer and bestselling philosopher. “The page about me there has had everything from my place of birth to the number of times I’ve been married wrong. And that’s not even counting the outright abuse, such as when Wikipedians replaced the entire page with a definition of a sexually-transmitted disease or with a string of obscenities.”
Infogalactic plans to solve the structural problems of a community-edited online encyclopedia through objectivity, proven game design principles, and a sophisticated series of algorithms. Currently in an operational Phase One, the Planetary Knowledge Core has a five-phase Roadmap that its founders claim will eliminate edit warring, significantly improve accuracy, neutralize vandalism and other forms of griefing, and render all forms of political bias on the part of administrators and editors irrelevant.

“The primary challenge facing any online wiki is the individual editor’s incentive to impose his perspective on everyone else,” said Renegade, the Operations Director of Infogalactic, who, as per the organization’s pro-anonymity policy is known only by his handle. “Most people who contribute to an online knowledge base do so because they want to have their say, but in the end there can be only one perspective that is enforced by the site’s administrators. Infogalactic has solved that problem by embracing true objectivity and eliminating the enforcement incentive by moving from a centralized, vertically-stacked orientation to a decentralized, horizontally-distributed model.”

Infogalactic’s anti-bias architecture will permit users to select their preferred perspective and automatically see the version of the subject page that is closest to it based on a series of algorithms utilizing three variables, Relativity, Reliability, and Notability. This means a supporter of Hillary Clinton will see a different version of the current Donald Trump page than a Donald Trump supporter will, as both users will see the version of the page that was most recently edited by editors with perspective ratings similar to his own.

“The single biggest problem with Wikipedia isn’t Jimmy Wales or its outmoded 1995 technology, but the fact that it is patrolled by 532 left-wing thought police who aggressively force their biased perspective on the rest of the world,” Vox Day, aka “Fenris” on Infogalactic, added. “This isn’t Conservapedia 2.0 and we aren’t replacing Wikipedia’s admins with their conservative equivalent, we are making the function of thought police irrelevant through technology. Our design philosophy is based on the idea that only the user has the right to define what his reality is.”

The Planetary Knowledge Core is also distinguishing itself from its predecessors by its corporate-friendly policies. Corporations, large and small, are welcome to participate on the site, advertising by page and by category is permitted, and a number of strategic partners have been established, including Gab, the popular new Twitter alternative that already has over one hundred thousand active users.

Andrew Torba, the CEO and co-founder of Gab, said: “At Gab our mission is to put people first and promote free speech for all. Part of this mission includes working with others who share our core values, specifically around promoting and protecting free speech online. This is why we are incredibly excited to work with Infogalactic. We look forward to building a strong partnership that puts people first and promotes free expression for all.”

Even prior to its public announcement, tens of thousands of people have made the switch to Infogalactic. “The support from the community has been tremendous,” said Rifleman, the Technical Director of Infogalactic. “We haven’t even launched and we’ve already signed up subscriptions to cover more than one-third of our current server-and-storage burn rate. It’s clear there is a tremendous appetite for an alternative to Wikipedia’s institutional left-wing bias.”

Infogalactic has replaced the well-known Five Pillars of Wikipedia with its own Seven Canons™, which refer to the fundamental philosophy by which the Planetary Knowledge Core intends to operate. They are explained in detail on the Seven Canons page:
   1. Infogalactic does not define reality.
   2. Infogalactic is written from an objective point of view.
   3. Infogalactic is free content.
   4. No griefing.
   5. Play nice and play fair.
   6. Rules are guidelines for users, not chew toys for lawyers.
   7. Facts are facts.

While the 5-million-page Phase One Infogalactic is virtually identical to the English-language Wikipedia, in the Planetary Knowledge Core’s next phase, Infogalactic developers will introduce a number of new features to distinguish it from other online encyclopedias. These innovative features include Context and Opinion sub-pages, dynamic page updates, Autobio sub-pages for Verified editors, and an alpha version of perspective filtering.

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It seems that there's "...something rotten in the state of Denmark...", except it's apparently in Holland:
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German universities take on Dutch publishing giant Elsevier.
Consortium seeks country-wide licence for journals at reduced prices

Image: Humboldt University of Berlin Germany
Source: Shutterstock

Humboldt University is among a number of German universities that have cancelled contracts with publishing giant Elsevier
A consortium of German universities, research institutes and public libraries has rejected the latest offer from Dutch publishing giant Elsevier for a new country-wide licensing agreement for its research portfolio. Germany’s chief negotiator says the offer does not meet the requirements of German researchers.

The rejection in early July, comes after nearly a year of negotiations during which time rock-hard positions on both sides have scarcely budged, leaving a huge gap yet to be bridged. The German side, represented by a consortium founded in 2014 called Project DEAL, includes the German Research Foundation (DFG), the Fraunhofer–Gesellschaft, the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, the Helmholtz and the Leibniz associations, and the Max Planck Society. Backed by these research giants plus dozens of universities, Project DEAL is demanding a nationwide contract from Elsevier that includes fair pricing, open access in Germany to all papers authored by researchers at German institutions, and permanent full-text access to all electronic journals published by Elsevier. Project DEAL will also lead negotiations for nationwide licensing agreements with Springer Nature and Wiley.

Horst Hippler, a physical chemist and chief negotiator for Project DEAL, tells Chemistry World that after a year of negotiation with Elsevier, the consortium had expected to ‘finally receive’ a proposal that could serve as a basis for further discussion in early July. But he said the offer ‘does not meet any of the requirements and expectations of the German scientific community’.

Hippler, who is also president of the German Rectors’ Conference (HRK), Germany’s main university association, says Project DEAL submitted a ‘fair and transparent’ proposal to Elsevier in July. ‘We asked Elsevier to finally enter into serious discussions on the basis of our principles and our proposal but we are still waiting for an answer for that. Elsevier is constantly trying to talk institutions into individual negotiations.’

Chemistry World contacted Elsevier for comment but did not receive a response.

Pressure building
As the negotiations between Germany and Elsevier now enter the second year, both sides will be feeling mounting pressure to reach agreement. Late last year, more than 70 universities, institutes and public libraries cancelled contracts with Elsevier to ‘improve their negotiating power’. Earlier this year, the institutions went several weeks without access to Elsevier’s portfolio before the publisher restored access in February ‘while good-faith discussions about a nationwide contract carry on’.

However, Project DEAL’s negotiating stance remained firm and Elsevier’s public statements indicated a growing frustration with the lack of progress. In late June, Project DEAL received a huge boost when three highly influential Berlin universities and Charite university hospital announced that they would cancel Elsevier contracts at the end of 2017. A few days later nine universities, including heavyweights Freiburg, Heidelberg and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), made similar pledges.

Tim Gowers, a mathematician at the University of Cambridge and an open access supporter who led a boycott against Elsevier in 2012, tells Chemistry World that he is ‘following the situation in Germany with great interest’. ‘I am very impressed that the German negotiators have had the courage and vision to stand up to the bullying tactics of Elsevier, and that they have had the necessary support from researchers who use the journals.’

Gowers is critical of the agreements that Dutch and UK research institutions have reached with Elsevier. He argues that UK negotiators ‘failed to obtain, significant changes’ and have ‘a lot to learn from the German example’. ‘We should be aiming for radically cheaper deals, rather than slightly improved versions of the current deals.’

Gowers hopes that German negotiators and Elsevier will both ‘refuse to budge’ and that contract talks break with no agreement. Under such a scenario he believes it will become clear that Germany’s researchers have not suffered any serious inconvenience. ‘This, I believe, is what would truly embolden other countries and lead to a collapse of the current system.’

Global reach
Hippler says that Project DEAL is in ‘close contact with many nations’ in Europe and the US too. ‘We are receiving a lot of positive feedback and recognition, especially regarding our negotiating goals for transformation to open access and for a fair and sustainable price model,’ he says. Project DEAL is open to compromise Hippler says, but compromise must be fair for both parties. He says that Elsevier thus far has not even addressed Project DEAL’s content requirements for a Germany-wide licence that reflects open access and the rapidly changing scientific landscape.

‘In the course of digitisation, science communication is undergoing a fundamental transformation process,’ he says. ‘Comprehensive, free and – above all – sustainable access to scientific publications is of immense importance to our researchers. We therefore will actively pursue the transformation to open access, which is an important building block in the concept of open science. To this end, we want to create a fair and sustainable basis through appropriate licensing agreements with Elsevier and other scientific publishers.’

‘There can be no mistaking how serious we are about this,’ he adds.

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Elsevier would - presumably years ago - have prepared for this, having seen it coming a mile off, and would have a ready-made amelioration strategy for profitably dealing with it. For all we know, the idiot universities' chancellors may have already bought into that amelioration strategy, for a publicly-staged profit advantage, where the State (taxpayer) pays up.
We shall see.


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