Even more free book stuff – Kindle PDFs, physical books

We have a ton of free books, mostly PDF and physical books, today –

  1. Identity Specialist linking to a free book to jumpstart your career and life – Radical Careering. It’s a PDF and actually quite a good book. At Amazon the Radical Careering book is rated 4 stars on 59 reviews (Kindle Edition is $9.99). Her other book is fascinating – However, at $11.99, it’s unlikely I’ll buy it (it has the gall to say you’re saving 56% on the hardcover price).
  2. Books on the Knob points to a free physical copy of Common English Bible New Testament.  
  3. Don’t forget Book junkie’s list of All Romance eBooks’ free book a day for April. Today it’s My Deepest Love: Zack by Marie Rochelle. You have to add it to your cart to see the $0 price.
  4. The Messiah: Eleven Meditations from the Book of Mark by Demian Farnworth. It’s in PDF format.
  5. Maurio Graziani writes about an extremely interesting book called Desert Plants which is a compilation of conversations with 23 American composers by Walter Zimmerman.
  6. A Hispanic Christian Minister, Roberto Castillo, offers a free PDF book – Reaching Hispanics in North America: Helping You Understand and Engage One of God’s Greatest Mission Fields.
  7. Cathy Nelson has a free book for teachers on doing Web 2.0 Projects. It’s also in PDF – It’s a good thing Amazon added PDF support.
  8. The EHE Blog also links to a book for teachers – The Idea Book for Educators. Sent free to anyone who asks for it (by A&E Television’s Education Department).
  9. Get a free ebook of May Evans’ poetry chapbook if you leave a comment by Friday April 9th, 2010.
  10. Boar’s Head has a free physical book, Fernando’s Funtastic Friends, if you ask for it. It seems like a kid’s book and the deal was found via ‘Be The Heart of Your Home’ Blog.


Read it Forward from Crown Publishing now has its monthly set of 3 books they give away limited free copies of.

Update: This may not have started since it says promotion has ended – active from April 6th through 13th. Or it might have filled up already.

The books are –

  1. The Handbook for Lightning Strike Survivors by Michele Young Stone. This one sounds like an amazing book.

    “Luminescent . . . Becca and Buckley’s parallel stories, as well as curiosity about how their paths finally converge, will keep the pages turning…[and] will live on in readers’ minds long after they reach the end of this powerful, beautiful novel.” —Booklist (starred review)

  2. Jenniemae & James: A Memoir in Black & White by Brooke Newman.

    “Jenniemae & James is a beautifully toned memoir about the depths as well as the vagaries of human affection…A lovely book, giving us much to ponder.” —Larry McMurtry

  3. Claude & Camille: A Novel of Monet by Stephanie Cowell.

    Camille was Claude Monet’s muse, his best friend, his passionate lover, and the mother to his two children. Camille stayed with Monet—and believed in his work—even as they lived in wretched rooms, were sometimes kicked out of those, and often suffered the indignities of destitution.

    She comforted him during his frequent emotional torments, even when he would leave her for long periods to go off on his own to paint in the countryside. A vividly rendered portrait of both the rise of Impressionism and of the artist at the center of the movement, Claude & Camille is above all a love story of the highest romantic order.

Just a Quick Thought on iPad Reviews

Ran across an iPad review at Library Hat and it had this interesting snippet –

I think I am relatively happy with it although I am not sure how successful it would be as a eBook reader and a PDF reading device, which are the features that I was most looking forward to test. 

Actually, now that I have spent two days with it, I think I will use the iPad more for watching TV shows/movies (Surprise I rarely watch videos on the computer!) and surfing online. 

Is this iPad review actually hinting that the iPad is not as good an eReader and that people won’t be reading as much on it?

How strange considering Walt Mossberg and Andy Ihnatko thought it was better than the Kindle.

It highlights an interesting fact –

  1. 99% of main stream blog reviews of the iPad and 100% of the big newspaper reviews were ecstatic.  
  2. Only 30% of reviews from actual people on their blogs are as ecstatic. We get 40% people being somewhat happy and another 30% not finding a use for it or even actively disliking it. 

Is it that people’s expectations were raised too much (and are now not being met) or is the Press biased?

Also, Len Edgerly’s Kindle vs iPad review video (found via Kindle World) talks about reading in sunlight and clearly shows that the iPad is terrible at it.

Why is it that hardly any of the ‘privileged’ iPad reviews last week mentioned this?

3 thoughts on “Even more free book stuff – Kindle PDFs, physical books”

    1. Update: Actually, you’re right. For some reason they’re saying the giveaway has ended and also that it was active april 6th through 13th. Perhaps an error.
      On the page you have to click on the book and then enter the competition.

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