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Read an E-Book Week: Twilight Times free e-books, including Displaced Detective
March 8, 2014 | 10:15 am

arrivalHello! I see you’re not taking part in the National Day of Unplugging either. Which is good, since that means you’re still able to read e-books. It’s the tail end of Read an E-Book Week, and here are a few intriguing freebies from Twilight Times Books. Provided in DRM-free PDF, and often EPUB and MOBI, these e-book versions of some Twilight Times titles provide advice to writers as well as some good fiction reading. In particular, there are books on online writing, book reviews, and writing your first book. But there’s also The Case of the Displaced...

How to get the most out of library ebooks via the right gadget, text to speech, and otherwise
October 18, 2013 | 6:26 pm

FireVergeWant to hear text to speech from free library ebooks on your 50-mile commute? Even if you own an Android machine and the usual OverDrive app can’t do “read-aloud” unless audiobooks count? Also, what if you haven’t even bought an e-reading gizmo for library use, but want to? Which model to go with? In those cases and others, the guidance here is for you. Most tips will work even with low-cost, no-name tablets. But let’s pay special attention to the new Kindle Fire HDXes. They are among the top choices if you care more about reading than about tech and can stomach...

Booktrack Combines Music with your E-Books
September 12, 2013 | 1:30 pm

I am a daily commuter, and as such I always my e-reader with me so that I have something to read on my daily train rides. However, the train is far from a quiet library, and as a result I have gotten in the habit of listening to music while simultaneously reading. However, it's no easy task finding the right music to complement your book let alone amplify it. That's where Booktrack comes in. In short, Booktrack is a digital publishing tool that enables bloggers, artists and writers to self-publish their work with corresponding soundtracks. Writers can choose from a catalogue...

YouVersion puts the Bible on your smartphone or tablet
July 28, 2013 | 10:43 am

you-Version-BiblesSunday morning seems like an appropriate time to mention this story. The New York Times has taken notice of YouVersion, a free social-networking-enabled e-Bible application for mobile devices. Built by evangelical megachurch, the application is a non-denominational electronic Bible with access to hundreds of translations in hundreds of languages, including the NIV. The article covers a lot of themes we’ve talked about in relation to other e-book initiatives. For example, the value of free: “We have a generation of people that can’t fathom paying 99 cents for a song that they love,” [YouVersion...

UK Science Museum publishes ‘cli-fi’ novel as free e-book
July 22, 2013 | 11:10 am

UK Science MuseumAlison Flood, writing for The Guardian back in April, introduced a novel experiment in climate fiction by the British writer Tony White titled "Shackleton's Man Goes South." For a few months the nonfiction narrative/novel has been available as a free download from the museum's website, and that's how I read it. Of course, since I prefer reading on white paper, page by page, I printed the pages out at a local copy shop and read the book that way. And what a book it is! In a kind of Borgesian way, White plays with reality and fantasy and fiction and academic prose...

Want 4,000 pages of free science fiction, no pirating required?
July 18, 2013 | 3:49 pm

science fictionIn honor of its fifth anniversary, is offering a free e-book of all the original fiction published on its site in one handy edition. All you have to do is register with the site (painless), and you can download it. It's DRM-free (here's looking at you, Joanna) and available in EPUB, Kindle and PDF. Fair warning: It's a monster. The EPUB is the smallest file, at 68 MB. Eyeballing the table of contents, it looks like you'll be getting 150 stories and some amazing authors, including Gregory Benford, Elizabeth Bear, John Scalzi, Stephen Brust, Brandon Sanderson and more. Each story includes cover...

Ernst & Young Releases “Mobile Banking,” a Free Financial Services E-Book
May 7, 2013 | 3:10 pm

Mobile BankingThe University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School, if you're not familiar with it, is generally agreed upon as being one of the finest graduate business schools in the country. Unbeknownst to TeleRead until just earlier today, however, was the school's online business analysis journal. It's called Knowledge@Wharton, and we've learned that the smart minds behind the website recently teamed up with Ernst & Young to produce a free, video-enhanced e-book titled Mobile Banking: Financial Services Meet the Electronic Wallet.  "Mobile banking is far more than simply online banking by using mobile phones," according to a press release that accompanied the e-book's launch. "Banks...

Baen inks deal with Amazon, makes major changes to Webscriptions and Free Library
December 9, 2012 | 11:22 pm

Toni Weisskopf has posted a series of messages to the Baen Bar indicating major changes in the offing for the Baen Ebooks (nee Webscriptions) store. Baen is finally on the verge of getting its titles placed directly into Amazon (and is negotiating with others such as Barnes & Noble, etc.) The problem is, that comes with pesky contractual obligations. The changes amount to the following: “Old” bundles containing books that have already been published will no longer be available for bundle-priced purchase. (Already-purchased ones should still be available for download, though it is possible some books may...

Review: Pirate Cinema, by Cory Doctorow
October 13, 2012 | 5:50 pm

Cory Doctorow Little Brother Pirate CinemaCory Doctorow—blogger, former EFF employee, and all-around Internet activist—has a new novel out. It's part of the Humble E-Book Bundle I mentioned a few days ago. It's also available for free, separate from said bundle, from his website. I bought the bundle, and also checked out the free version from the website, and figured it would be worth a review. Is it worth reading free? Well, for starters, sometimes it seems like Doctorow has this Jeckyll and Hyde thing going on. It's like there are two different Cory Doctorows who show up in his writing. Not so much "good Cory" and "evil Cory," but more...

Publisher gives away free e-book with purchase of ticket to movie based on it
July 28, 2012 | 12:29 am

changed1EBookNewser reports on an interesting e-book promotion. The publisher of You Changed My Life: A Memoir is giving away free e-books of the title to anyone who goes (to a participating theater) to see the the movie based on the book between July 27 and August 3. Like the book, the movie The Intouchables tells the story of the relationship between a quadriplegic French aristocrat and the Algerian ex-con he hires as a helper. Moviegoers will get a coupon code that will permit download of the e-book from stores including Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Apple, and Sony. I...

Amazon wipes years of download data for free public-domain e-books
July 25, 2012 | 7:12 pm

Foner Books’s blog reports that Amazon has lately reassigned new ASINs (Amazon Sales Identification Numbers) to thousands of free public domain e-books. This has the practical effect of orphaning them from their sales histories and reviews, and making thousands and thousands of web links to them no longer work. Amazon has also apparently changed the weighting of its “also bought” lists, so that paid public domain books show up with more prominence and frequency than free versions of the same books. It may not necessarily be all bad news, though. The relative absence of public domain titles...

Writing on trains and what it means for e-books
July 6, 2012 | 8:15 am

RPY_JULIA_CROUCH_AM07_0On Felicity Wood’s blog, Julia Crouch writes a guest post about her experiences writing on trains, using it in part as a metaphor for the e-book experience, and partly to discuss a publicity project she did in which she wrote a complete short story over the course of her train journey to and from a writers’ convention. The story, Strangeness On A Train, has been published as a free eBook on Amazon and Apple, as well as being printed up into samplers to be handed out on the Harrogate train and at the Harrogate Crime Writing...