The Free Ebook Foundation takes advantage of its small size and flexibility to undertake exploratory projects. Our recent work has centered on free ebook usage and automated updates.

Usage of Free Ebooks

The Mellon Foundation funded a project led by the University of Michigan, in which the Free Ebook Foundation, University of Michigan Press, and Open Book Publishers worked on "Mapping the Free Ebook Supply Chain". The goal was to better understand how free ebooks are being discovered, acquired, and used. The final report of that project is available at

Here is a possible directions for this work:

Automated Updates

As part of the GITenberg project, an "auto-update" server was built to take automatically add new and updated ebooks to the GITenberg website and to A team from Stevens Institute of Technology is working with us to build a "River of Ebooks" system that will apply the autoupdate techniques to a variety of ebook autoring environments.