Why 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.

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So, for writers, how about An Unofficial Guide To Goodreads For Readers And WritersOr 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, what about Your Unofficial Kindle Fire Manual? Or A User’s Guide To Calibre eBook Manager?

Yes, most of these are short manuals more than full-length books. And many are unofficial or semi-official guides. And yes, these days most of the information they contain can be garnered by Googling.  But they’re also absolutely free, and package what you need to know into a handy format, and some are produced to a pretty high standard. So at worst you’re likely to lose only a few hours perusing them, and at best you might have something Really Useful. Go for it.


  1. Given he similarity in the structure of ePub and HTML, this makes a lot of sense. Some have even gone so far as to say that an eBook is little more than a web site in a box.
    Whenever I encounter a web-based tutorial that I want to keep with related materials organized in a particular way, I copy/paste the text and graphics into Apple Pages and export as ePub. There are easier ways to save a web page (Safari’s Save as … Web Archive) but this approach allows me to insert notes and new material.

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