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Free e-book from Publishers Lunch previews upcoming releases from Michael Pollan and others
February 6, 2013 | 4:39 pm

Buzz Books 2013 from Publisher's Lunch, Exclusive excerpts from over 25 top new titles The ever-popular Publishers Lunch website has just released an entirely free e-book, Buzz Books 2013 Spring/Summer. It's filled with 488 pages of pre-publication excerpts from 28 different titles that are due to be released during the upcoming spring/summer seasons. (A small number of the book's sneak previews have very recently been published.) The e-book offers an even mix of fiction, nonfiction and YA literature, and the authors whose work is featured within include some pretty big names: Michael Pollan, Chip and Dan Heath, Meg Wolitzer, Kate Atkinson, Joe Hill and Sarah Dessen, to name a handful. The book's introduction, written by Publishers Lunch founder...

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...

My 5 Favorite Sources for DRM-Free E-Books, part 2 of 2
October 21, 2012 | 8:00 am

Smashwords logoFrom Part 1: I love DRM-free books! I know that for most people, DRM is an issue they might not think about often; if their books work, they’re happy. But for many more experienced e-book users, it’s an issue to care about. Unless, that is, you buy and read books that are DRM-free. The books referenced and linked to below can be kept forever, converted using free software such as Calibre, and read on any device you might own. But where to get them? Here are some of my favorite sources: 3. SMASHWORDS This is the Amazon of self-published books. Some genres are better represented...

My 5 Favorite Sources for DRM-Free E-Books, part 1 of 2
October 20, 2012 | 2:55 pm

Project GutenbergI love DRM-free books! I know that for most people, DRM is an issue they might not think about often; if their books work, they're happy. But for many more experienced e-book users, it's an issue to care about. If you acquire 100 Amazon e-books and then you buy a Kobo, how are you going to read those books? If you spend years as a loyal Sony customer and then buy a Kindle, what will you do with the books you've bought and loved? Unless you are blessed with some technical skills—and either a country whose laws permit format-shifting, or a...

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...

Publisher pulls e-book from Amazon in wake of automatic markdown from Starbucks giveaway
May 2, 2012 | 1:41 am

after-lightsEven though the Justice Department has kiboshed “most favored nation” deals in the arrangement with the three agency publishers who settled, those deals are only binding on those publishers. Amazon is still using it in its arrangements with smaller publishers, and will probably continue to do so until and unless the DoJ turns its gimlet eye on them. The New York Times and PaidContent, among others, are reporting on the case of Buzz Bissinger’s 12,000-word essay “After Friday Night Lights,” a sort of afterword to his book Friday Night Lights whose normal list price is $2.99. However, this...

Marvel to bundle free digital comic downloads with all $3.99 flagship titles
March 15, 2012 | 11:15 am

The idea of throwing in a free e-book copy with purchase of a printed book is one that a lot of book fans have long said they’d like to see publishers try. Well, now one is—though it’s a comic book publisher. Marvel has posted an article on its news blog announcing that, starting in June 2012, it will be bundling digital codes with all $3.99 Marvel comics—flagship titles such as Avengers, Captain America, Amazing Spider-Man, and others—that will allow download of the same issue in the iOS and Android Marvel Comics apps at no additional fee. Marvel already bundled...

Why free Kindle e-books are like a slot machine
December 31, 2011 | 3:15 pm

thumb_2425_image1_slot-machine-1With about a zillion people getting Kindles for Christmas, they’re going to be wanting something to read, and not necessarily for a lot of money, either. I spotted a couple of articles highlighting some of the best works available to read for free on Kindles. One of them offers an intriguing theory on why Amazon’s quality control may be so random. The UK blog PC Pro lists a number of these works, split about evenly between public-domain works and newer titles. I’m not sure whether all of them are available in the US version of the store, international rights...

Daniel Pinkwater serializes his newest novel free on website
September 20, 2011 | 12:08 am

bushmanOften hilarious and usually surreal novelist Daniel Pinkwater is serializing his latest work, Bushman Lives, on the book’s website. The first three chapters are up so far, and they definitely continue the surreal and hilarious trend. New chapters will be added every Monday. The book itself doesn’t appear to be available for purchase yet, but hopefully this experiment in serialization will attract more people to buy it when it is. It’s great to see a wonderful author like Pinkwater joining the free e-books crowd! (Found via BoingBoing.)...

Sharing limitations hold e-books back from wider adoption, research group representatives say
August 26, 2011 | 8:15 pm

On PaidContent, Laura Hazard Owen reports on some interesting findings from a Twitter discussion about e-book buyer behavior based on comments from book industry research organization representatives. The research reps suggest that limits on e-book sharing are limiting e-book adoption. The reps point out that consumers really like reading free e-books (about half of e-book buyers read free e-books) and expect e-book prices to stay low or drop lower. Half of all e-readers are given as gifts, but less than 1% of e-books are. Barriers to widespread e-book adoption are limits on sharing,...

National Academies make all PDF publications available free
June 4, 2011 | 10:35 pm

nap-logo-big-redbgThe National Academies—consisting of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, the Institute of Medicine, and the National Research Council—recently announced that all PDF versions of books published by its members will be available for free download, starting immediately. This includes more than 4000 existing books, plus any published in the future. These PDFs can be accessed from the National Academies Press web store, from which print versions can also be purchased. They can also be read online for free. Although the e-books will be available for free, they will still be copyrighted. The National Academies...

FreeLiterature.org would like help in scanning a classic ebook
April 8, 2011 | 9:26 am

Download We've reported on Freeliterature.org several times.  It's one of the best, if not the best,  compilations of free ebook sites on the web.  Now I've gotten an email from Marc D'Hooghe of the site asking for help: There is a growing demand on the web, generally at different social reading sites and also at our proofreading partner Girlebooks.com for a book by Carroll Watson Rankin, Dandelion Cottage (first published 1905 I believe, by Henry Holt, NY). Nothing freely available on the web this instant. Books themselves, mostly antiquarian (expensive) - we are in search of usable scans (300dpi) to make an...

Mercedes Lackey superhero project bind-in CD available on The Fifth Imperium
March 23, 2011 | 11:50 pm

Invasion art sliceThe Fifth Imperium’s Baen CD repository has posted another CD. This one is bound into the release of the Mercedes Lackey superhero “braided world” book Invasion: The Secret World, an outgrowth of a podcast audiobook project inspired by playing and writing fanfic about the MMO City of Heroes. As with past CDs, the contents are DRM-free and free to distribute non-commercially. More than any other Baen CD, this one has personal meaning for me. I was playing City of Heroes at the same time and in the same role-playing/writing guild as Misty and all our friends, many of...

Last chance to download Diane Duane’s A Wind from the South for free
March 1, 2011 | 12:00 pm

Raetian_Tales_SmallDiane Duane has posted to her blog that, in an effort to expose it to more readers, she is moving her currently free novel A Wind from the South to Amazon.com for Kindle sales. She explains that since Amazon won’t let her give it away for free, and she has to charge at least the Amazon price elsewhere, the price of the e-book on her on-line store will be rising from free to whatever Amazon makes her charge. The price for the EPUB edition will rise to match, though Barnes & Noble won’t let authors self-publish without a US bank...

University of Chicago free ebook for February: “Who Wrote the Book of Love”
February 2, 2011 | 9:11 am

E1296576186You can get it here. The description: “Siegel continues his Love series of arch and diverting novels about the body-mind conundrum, sexy tales that revolve around the influence of texts as much as the libido.… As always, mischievous Siegel revels in the magic of language while offering tart social commentary on everything from Jewish assimilation to racism to the atomic bomb, but never has his humor been sharper or his characters more alluring than in this shrewdly spiked, cheerfully erotic, incident-rich Hollywood coming-of-age tale.”—Booklist “Hilarious.… A delicious, page-turning memoir that spans those doctor-playing, sex-obsessed, hormone-drenched years from 5 to 15. It’s...

Author Paul Coelho, banned in Iran, releases free e-books in Farsi
January 20, 2011 | 2:42 pm

Earlier I mentioned that Paul Carr had made an earlier book available for free download in the US when he could not find an American publisher. Now in Techdirt I find a report on a situation that goes one step further: best-selling Brazilian author Paulo Coelho (whom we’ve previously mentioned here and here) learned that his books had apparently been banned in Iran. (The Iranian government claims they are not, but his publisher says they are.) So as quickly as possible, he posted Farsi translations of them on his website for free download. Coelho previously found that “pirating”...

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