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Fancy a bunch of free books on how to do just about anything online or digital whatsoever?
May 1, 2014 | 10:35 am

free booksWhy I thought you'd say "yes" to free books. And so here they are. Basically, MakeUseOf.com, "a leading destination for digital productivity tips and your guide to cool stuff on the Internet," has made available a bunch of manuals, guides, and reference works on its website, in PDF, EPUB, or online-readable form, completely for free. So, for writers, how about An Unofficial Guide To Goodreads For Readers And Writers ?  Or Your Guide To Self-Publishing: From Print To Kindle And Beyond!? And if you want to promote your self-published work, how about The Facebook Marketing Guide? Or for eager ebook readers,...

Double App Review: MegaReader and QuickReader for iOS
August 30, 2013 | 6:41 pm

I'm reviewing both of these apps together because they're so similar; there's just one feature difference between them. The developer was celebrating five million downloads and in honor of the occasion was offering free versions of the apps to bloggers. Lucky me! Anyway, at their heart, they are both e-reading apps. (Both are also available for iOS only.) Let's start with MegaReader. It has more features than most of the store reading apps (Kindle, Kobo, and Nook), but far fewer features than Marvin. That's either a good or bad thing, depending on the user. While I love Marvin, I can see its...

Is free still an effective marketing tool for authors?
July 11, 2013 | 11:27 am

Free E-BooksOffering the first book of a series for free has been a good strategy to create book sales for many authors. Someone reads the first book, then wants to know how the story finishes and—presumably—will buy the rest of the books in a series. I've certainly fallen under this spell before. Author Lindsay Buroker is finding this model may not be working as well as it once did, as she recently wrote on her blog (which I was alerted to from The Passive Voice.) The above model previously worked for her so well, she was able to quit her job and write full...

Are We Devaluing Books?
March 6, 2013 | 11:50 am

books It's a snowy day in our nation's capital, and watching the flakes fall has made me contemplative. I've been reading a number of historical and fantasy books in worlds and times where books were rare, precious and valued. I can't help but contrast that to today, when people can download thousands of free books to their e-reader of choice. What impact does that have on our perceived value of a book? I thought back and compared my reading habits now to when I was a child (and books were relatively rare—I had to wait for Christmas or birthdays, and use my scant...

Free Books! Get Your Free E-Books Here!
February 9, 2013 | 2:30 pm

Looking for free e-books for your e-reader? Books on the Knob is a great resource. I'm subscribed to the blog in Google Reader, and every day I receive at least five to 10 posts about free or bargain books. Books on the Knob covers lots of different sites—not just Amazon—so whatever your reader of choice happens to be, you'll be clued in on books with which to fill it. The woman who runs the site has three main blogs: Books on the Knob, Christian Books on the Knob and Erotica & Hot Romance Books on the Knob. She split them out last year into separate...

Unglue.it Releases Two More Free E-Books (Updated)
January 22, 2013 | 12:26 pm

We've written about the Unglue.it project a few times in the past, but here's a brief explanation for anyone who may not be familiar with the site: It's essentially a crowdsource-funded campaign that attempts to purchase the copyrights to various books, which it then releases free-of-charge—and DRM-free—to literally anyone on earth who wants a copy. (You can read the project's FAQ section by clicking here.) It's been a little while since the site "unglued" its first title, Ruth H. Finnegan's Oral Literature in Africa, but word came my way this morning that the team had finally succeeded in releasing two new books:...

Kindle Quick Tips: How to Organize Your Free E-Books
January 18, 2013 | 3:23 pm

Do you like to "buy" lots of free books, but you don't want them all downloaded to your Kindle? Not a problem. Try this. 1. Install Kindle for PC (or Mac) on your computer. 2. When you "buy" a free book, have it sent to your Kindle desktop app instead of your Kindle 3. Select a Collection category for your new book You can import all your collections from your Kindle, just like in the screenshot below, so you won't lose any of your organization.  When you're ready for a new book, browse your collections on your computer, select a new book and go to...

Free Ebook: A Worker’s Writebook: How Language Creates Stories (by Jack Matthews)
August 2, 2011 | 5:34 am

amazon-searchLast year I published on Teleread a lengthy interview with author Jack Matthew as well as a preface to his work. I am happy to announce that since that time I have built an author site about his works and am helping him to digitalize old and new works.  The first major work is A Worker’s Writebook: How Language Makes Stories, a writing guide which he used to hand out to his fiction writing students. Now – until September 4 – this ebook is available free for download and DRM-free. (Normal price is 2.99).   The free download link...

Could piracy be helpful? Publishing industry perspectives
November 24, 2010 | 9:15 am

There have been a couple of interesting discussions over the last couple of days on articles pertaining to piracy of e-books. (A lot of piracy-related articles here tend to grow interesting, long discussions—take this one, for instance.) They have brought in a lot of new readers—at least, we hope they’ll become new regular readers—who have raised a number of interesting points. The City of Lost Wages One common theme seems to be feeling deprived of income by pirates. Celine Chatillon wrote: Every pirated book is a royalty (about 50 cents in most cases) that I do NOT earn. I’m unemployed and in poor...

BusinessWeek: iPhone appbooks extremely popular
March 17, 2010 | 8:15 am

BusinessWeek reports on the current popularity of iPhone e-book apps, which now outstrip the number of game apps on the app store by over 1,600 titles. The article mentions appbook creator Michel Kripalani of Oceanhouse Media, who switched over from games to e-books back when there were only 700 book-related titles in the app store. Now his company sells three of the top-ten most-purchased appbooks in the Apple Store. By and large, the piece mainly talks about appbooks, with a mention or two of other programs such as the Free Books app from Spreadhouse that provides...