The NY Public Library continues to move into the modern age, now offering downloadable e-books via their website. However, since the NYPL's deal is with Microsoft, the e-books can't be read on the ubiquitous iPod... which can only mean that iPod users will never read! The e-book on your computer or PDA will expire after 21 days, but CNET points out that e-books burned to disc or stored to the drive will be fine. Which makes Gothamist wonder if the new underground illegal file sharing fad will be books - take that, libraries that ban books! [Via reader Matthew]
The NYPL also has wonderful digital collections of prints, photographs, maps, text, you name it at the NYPL Digital Collection. Warning: You can get lost in them for hours.