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How to Read Moby Dick

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The links, unless otherwise noted, take you to outside web sites, such as Amazon.com, DiscoveryChannel.com, HistoryChannel.com, LibriVox.org, and the University of Virginia. Each of them has been around for a long time and offers secure online downloading and/or ordering.


eText. Free. Project Gutenberg or University of Virginia.
Download a free copy of Moby Dick from either of these sites.
Read on your computer or print-out. Look at both of them to see which format you prefer.

Audio Book. Free. LibriVox.org.
Look for and click on "Zip file of the entire book." Some readers just listen, then make notes. Other readers prefer to listen as they follow along in the text. This free version has repetitive, LibriVox proprietary comments before each chapter, which may be disconcerting.

Audio Book. Audible.com. Download an uninterrupted, professional reading of the novel onto your computer, a cd, mp3 player, or other device. Frank Muller's reading recommended.
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Print Book. Moby-Dick (Dover Giant Thrift Editions). Amazon.com. A paperback edition. Under $10.00.
Many other editions are available in all price ranges, but get a copy that you are willing to mark. Look for illustrated editions, editions with larger print, hardback editions.

eBook. Moby Dick EBook Unabridged Immediate File Download. Download a complete copy to your desktop, Kindle, or other device.

Videos for Pre-reading

Two videos are recommended:

  1. Moby Dick: The True Story originally produced for the Discovery Channel.com in 2002. Watch this vidio first. Some information will overlap with the next one, but most does not.

  2. Essex: True Story of Moby Dick originally produced for the History Channel.com, History's Mysteries, in 2001.

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Here is a listing of available videos. The DVDs are at premium price. If you still have a VHS, the copies are very reasonable. Check with your library for a DVD copy. Most libraries are well stocked now with CDs and DVDs. If not, try requesting your title.

Shipwreck of the Whaleship "Essex"<empty> by Owen Chase. This is a book, but it  is more appropriately listed here. This is a reproduction of the actual report by the first mate of the Essex--if you want more after seeing the videos.

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After reading Moby Dick, you may wonder about Ahab's wife.
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A work of art in itself, this pop-up book profusely and intricately illustrates the novel.

The opening page is printed on this cup.


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