Looking at free books and deals from all over the Net

Let’s start with a couple of Kindle Store ebook deals -

  1.  The Complete Sherlock Holmes Collection is $1 and well rated with readers saying it’s well formatted and has a good table of contents.

    The Complete Sherlock Holmes Collection includes every Sherlock Holmes tale penned by the great Arthur Conan Doyle. With a linked table of contents, you can click on each and every chapter, making for easy navigation through this mammoth omnibus.

    Included are:

    A Study in Scarlet
    The Sign of Four
    The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
    The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes
    The Return of Sherlock Holmes
    The Hound of the Baskervilles
    The Valley of Fear
    His Last Bow
    The Case Book of Sherlock Holmes

  2. Bedtime Stories for the Apocalypse by Joel Arnold is just $1.99 and sounds very interesting.

    Armchair Interviews:
    “Arnold has a deft touch with horror that will leave a chill in your spine, but without the violence and gore of much modern horror. The stories remind me of Ray Bradbury at his darkest with their ability to play on the difference between what we know might happen and what we want to happen. These are complex tales with layers below the surface enjoyment of a story well written.”

Let’s move on to some free book offers -

  1. The Painted Darkness by Brain James Freeman is free - PDF of the ebook and the streaming audiobook. It’s got a beautiful cover.
  2. Suvudu free library has a free short story, Recrossing the Styx by Ian R. MacLeod, in PDF format and also a short on Master Writing Classes.
  3. Immortal by Gillain Shields is free to read online at the Harper Collins site.  
  4. AudioBook Community has 2 free audiobooks every week for the next few weeks. The audiobooks don’t work on the Kindle – only on phones and PCs. They have some software you have to download to listen to the books - sounds needlessly complicated. This week it’s The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay and Over The Line by Alfred C. Martino.
  5. Making Patriots by Walter Berns is from the University of Chicago Press. It’s protected by Adobe Digital Editions DRM so you’ll have to download Adobe Digital Editions software to read it on your PC or have to use an ADE-DRM compatible app.

    “This brief, eloquent book is a beautiful tribute to patriotism, a besieged civic virtue.… The purpose of civics courses in the past was to instill respect for the principles that formed America.

    The question now, Mr. Berns notes, is whether the private realm can take up the slack.

    We are all beneficiaries of patriotism. Whether we are continuing the necessary task of making patriots is the challenge this profound book invites us to ponder.”—Wall Street Journal

Finally, let’s take a look at Borders’ eBook Store.

Borders eBook Store

Borders have launched an ebook store and eReader Apps. They also have a collaboration with Kobo (which they own part of) to be the eBook store for Kobo Readers. In terms of eReaders they’re offering – Aluratek Libre for $119, Kobo eReader for $149.99 (plus a $20 Gift Card), Sony Pocket Edition for $150, and Sony Touch Edition for $170.

Borders have a remarkably honest eReader comparison chart. None of the usual sales and marketing nonsense with checks next to their own products and crosses for their competitors’ products.

They have eReader Apps for PC, Mac, iPhone, iPad, Blackberry, and Android. It’s really interesting that they chose to release everything all at once instead of spreading it out to get more press coverage. The eReader Apps only work in the US.

Don’t have enough experience to comment on the eBook Store – prices seem to be the usual mix of sub-$10, $10, $12.99, and $14.99.

3 Responses

  1. Actually the Audiobook offer is fairly easy and costs nothing. And they ask few questions. And there are 18 freebies altogether and 2 are already past the date to download. You do have to download an OverDrive player which is easy to do, and comments I’ve heard about it is that it is used by libraries that allow you to borrow ebooks.

  2. Hey, thanks for mentioning my collection ‘Bedtime Stories for the Apocalypse.’ I hope you enjoyed it!

    Joel

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