After searching Amazon.com, the public library (Pima County, AZ) was the next source checked. I spoke with the librarian about the availability of e-books the library system. He said they do offer free book downloads but not in Kindle format—right now, but the format is coming. Click here for an article about libraries loaning out Kindles—maybe there’s a library near you offering a chance to check out a Kindle for free.
Authors are discovering the marketing power inherent in e-books. Some offer free copies of their new book, especially if it’s the first in a series. The point is to hook you on their first book and hopefully you’ll buy the next and so on. But you have to be quick as these are usually limited time offers. For example, Paranoia by Joseph Finder is free until Sept. 18.
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Available for free is a plethora of classics, urban fantasy, science fiction, and romance novels. As for the latter, I just cannot read a book citing “throbbing members and pulsating orbs” with any degree of seriousness. However, Harlequin is celebrating their 60th year by offering free PDF versions of a few romances until October, such as Price of Passion by Susan Napier.
Book offers are available in a number of different e-reader formats, such as the Mobipocket/Kindle, Sony Reader, Iliad, and PDF. You select which download version you prefer. For the Kindle 2, I either download via Amazon.com's magical Whispernet or directly to a “Kindle” folder created on my laptop. For the latter, I simply plug in my Kindle’s USB and copy the book over to my Kindle, easy.
Here are just a very few of the many free e-books available:
- Beautiful Red by M. Darusha Wehm (science fiction)
- Gone by Bryan W. Alaspa (horror)
- My Soul to Lose by Rachel Vincent (young adult fantasy)
- Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (classic)
- The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (classic)
- Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson (classic)
The following are some free e-book resources; some are easier to navigate than others:
- Amazon.com's Kindle