Kindle $1 Books, Free Book via Independent Authors

Here are some more well reviewed independent authors from the Kindle Store -

  1. Jeremy at pskl.com writes about a book called Uncubicled. Its $0.99, rated 4.5 stars across 23 reviews, and you might like it a lot. The article itself is really good and talks about what the Kindle Store is doing for independent authors -

    As an unknown, just getting your foot in the door of a publisher was an enormous feat. Often it was a matter of “knowing the right people.” If you didn’t know the right people, you’d have to hire them. Agents, managers, and many other people looking to take a cut of your hard-earned payday IF that payday ever comes.

    Most would not get published, destined to return to anonymity and give up their dreams, their wallets considerably lighter for the effort. [read on ... there's a happy ending ;) ]

  2. A book for 10 cents? Yes, somehow Michael F. Stewart has a kindle thriller for just 10 cents called The Caliphate.  Its already #805 in the Kindle Store and perhaps you can be the first reviewer.
  3. Free Book – Catherine Wilson has a trilogy called When Women Were Warriors in the Kindle Store and you can get the first book for free at the Catherine Wilson author website. Love the cover -

    Choosing a good cover makes a lot of difference

    Choosing a good cover makes a lot of difference

  4. Bicycle Shop Murder for 80 cents - the first book in a series by Robert Burton Robinson. Feel he’s missing a huge opportunity by not giving the first book away for free. The books in the series are all rated 4.5 stars.  
  5. Finally, yet another free kindle contest – this time from gizapage.

Any aspiring authors that are struggling right now, ought to read Jeremy’s rationale for buying the Uncubicled book and take heart -

McMains has done an excellent job of marketing the book via twitter, facebook, and a website. I found him on twitter, actually (or HE found ME, I should say, after I mentioned my Kindle in a twitter post). This is a business model that I believe is very important to the future of digital publishing and, as such, needs to succeed.

Kindle owners want you to succeed.

Quick Tip: Do not make a site just for one book. Do something like what Boyd Morrison did i.e. a site on his name and pages on the site for his books. If you must have a website make it a subdomain of your main site i.e. make it http://www.mybrand.com/uncubicled/. That way all the link juice you get is to your brand and to your site and can be leveraged for future books.

Making a site for just one book is the online equivalent of writing a bestseller and then never using that author name again.

Kindle Book, Kindle EBook Giveaways – Books given away over the last year.

Melissa just wrote in to share another Free Kindle book – MaidenFlight and it reminded me of 2 Big Kindle benefits that don’t seem to get much coverage -
  1. A lot of books that are in the public domain are available for free on the Kindle via sites like manybooks. (http://www.mnybks.net works on the Kindle itself). 
  2. The second benefit is the one I’m going to highlight in this post – Lots of authors and publishers give away their books (or give away one of a series of books) so that you get better acquainted with the author. 

Here is a list of Kindle Book giveaways (and general ebook giveaways) that I’ve seen and posted about over the last year or so), and one more reason to Buy a Kindle Reader (there are still delays of 2-3 weeks so ordering early could make sense for you) -

  1. Nov 11th – the MaidenFlight book listed above. Thanks to Melissa.
  2. Nov 7th – R. W. Ridley free kindle contest at his blog, plus he’s giving away pdf of ‘The Takers’.
  3. Nov 2nd/3rd - Free election coverage - Washington Post was Free from 2nd to 5th Nov, and The New York Times from 3rd to 6th.
  4. Nov 2nd – EOS have a free ebook – Emissaries from the Dead - including in Kindle recognized MobiPocket Format.
  5. Oct 28th -  Talking With The Dead by Shiloh Walker. Thanks to Randy Foster. 
  6. Oct 22nd – Seth Godin’s latest book Tribes was available for free at Audible. 
  7. Oct 21st – Paulo Coelho Free Books at his website. At the linked page I have Kindle format versions.
  8. Oct 21st – check out Charlie Huston’s Blog for a free book a month.
  9. Oct 20th – MJ Rose gives away her book The Reincarnationist.
  10. Oct 15th – JosephDevon.com has a free kindle contest. As did we at BookSummit.com (it’s over now). ITWorld had one too (still ongoing i think).
  11. Sept 10th – Michelle Obama and Cindy McCain biographies are available months in advance on the Kindle.
  12. March 3rd 2008 - a PDF copy of Van der Meer’s upcoming book The Situation at GeekDad , courtesy of PS Publishing (cover artwork by Scott Eagle). Courtesy Jeffrey.
  13. March 3rd 2008 – The GBG family team brings free books like Think and Grow Rich.
  14. March 2nd, 2008 – Whiskey Creek Press is giving away a different Free Ebook novel (which you can read on your Kindle) every week during March.
  15. March 1st – John Scalzi’s blog at scalzi.com/whatever for a post on the impact of releasing the free book on overall sales.
  16. Feb 28th, 2008 – Jeffrey again with a Steven Burst free novel this time – It’s available in .pdf & .doc format at his website http://dreamcafe.com/firefly.html.
  17. Feb 15th, 2008 - In an attempt to boost books sales Harper Collins publishing will begin offering electronic editions of some of its books for free ;)
  18. Feb 12th – Tor was giving away free ebooks – Register to be one of the first to join us, and receive free digital books from bestselling and award-winning SF and fantasy authors.
  19. Feb 4th – Originally published between 1925 and 1939 here are 20 free detective books for your Kindle from Black Mask Publishing.

As you can see -

  1. There are a non trivial number of Free Book giveaways - some are kindle only.  
  2. The number of free kindle book offers are increasing. This is both due to more authors becoming aware of the benefits, and to booksummit members like Randy Foster, Melissa, etc. who are unearthing more and more offers (please let me know if i missed someone else + i’ll add a mention).

In summation - buying a Kindle Reader also means access to Free Kindle Book offers, some of which are exclusively on the Kindle, and some which aren’t (though they do read better on the Kindle than a PC or iPhone). At the Kindle Blog we specifically have a section for Free Kindle Book giveaways, free kindle contests, etc. where you can always find the latest free kindle book giveaways.

Free Kindle Books, Amazon Kindle Book, Amazon.com Books

Interested in a free Kindle Book? Interested in lots of free Kindle books?

There are a LOT of Free Books available for the Kindle and Kindle Fire. Add the free kindle book sites to all the other benefits of Kindle Fire and it makes sense to consider a Kindle Fire.

  1. Subscribe for Free Daily Emails that list 30 to 50 free kindle books every day. Hand-curated.
  2. Free Books from Project Gutenberg (20,000) – You can find nearly all (19,505) these books in Kindle Book Format, Free at ManyBooks.net. Also, http://www.mnybks.net is an extension of Manybooks above, but if you access it through the basic WebBrowser in Kindle, you can download Kindle Books directly to your Kindle, the way you would an Amazon book. Choose the Mobipocket format as that is the only format that’ll work.
  3. The Internet Archive’s 1.8 million books now available as free Kindle Books – Most are now in MobiPocket/Kindle format. Choose MOBI from the download links on the upper left side of the book page (just below the book cover/image).
  4. Kindle Store’s 20,000 free public domain books – these were added around January 29th, 2009. You can also navigate into any subsection of the Kindle Store and order books by Price: Low to High to get to free kindle books in that section.
  5. Free New Kindle Books List - You can find a list of current new books in the Kindle store (non public domain). You can Search through kindle store free books at bookmonk dot com.
  6. Free Kindle books from Munsey’s. Some good books at the Kindle specific part of Munsey’s.
  7. A million free Google Books on your Kindle - You can check the guide (including video walkthroughs) to getting google free books on your kindle.
  8. Courtesy Jon Wolf, the MobileRead eBook library has 2,990 eBooks available in Mobipocket format which will work for your Kindle and Kindle 2.
  9. Librivox- LibriVox has become the most prolific audiobook publisher in the world, with over 1000 full length audio books, producing 60-70 books a month. About 1,500 volunteers have contributed audio recordings to the project; and a catalog that includes classics, such as Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, Moby-Dick, The Bible, Darwin’s Origin of the Species, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason, Marx’s Communist Manifesto, and many other well-known works.
  10. eBookSearchr ebook search engine – really quite good.
  11. Google Book Search- Read the Classics online – do remember to select ‘Full View’ to get the free books.
  12. The Internet Archive – a HUGE library of internet sites and other cultural artifacts in digital form.
  13. BookYards.com which aims to be the Library to the World, and has a total of 15,858 books and access to hundreds of online libraries (800,000Ebooks).
  14. A great idea – have portions of books emailed to you for free via DailyLit so you can read books along with your email.
  15. Free PDFs – Classic Literature at Planet EBook – They have quite a nice mission i.e. Existing free eBooks on the Web tend to be well beneath the quality of paper books, making them more difficult and less pleasurable to read. At Planet eBook we’re trying to change this. Our goal is to publish a small selection of high-quality eBooks — each a genuine alternative for readers wanting to enjoy reading a book without having to pay for it. The books we publish are all in the public domain so there is no real need for readers to continue to pay for them.
  16. Free eBooks section of MobiPocket - Has a bunch of titles.
  17. Free eBooks from Fictionwise – includes a lot of Reference books and classics.
  18. Free Books from FeedBooks – Would recommend getting the Feedbooks Download Guide. You can read more about it here: http://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=17465
    Once you have this ‘book’ on your Kindle, you can browse the Feedbooks books and download easily (from the Kindle). All you need is to have the wireless on and be in a region covered by whispernet.
  19. 30,000+ free books readable online at The Online Books Pageat UPenn. These are books that are readable online (so not downloadable).
  20. 500,000 Books from World Library with a 8.95$ yearly subscription.
  21. Online Book initiative – This is not very well organized and books are just listed as found or scanned.
  22. Mostly Sci-Fi ebooks free from Webscriptions.
  23. Free EBooks from Wowio - there’s a 3 free books a day limit, and you’ll need the MobiPocket Creator – a FREE Mobi-Pocket conversion software from Mobipocket.com. For detailed steps you can check How to view PDF files on the Kindle.
  24. Computer and IT books at Flazx.com - a very good list of titles.
  25. Free Computer Science and Programming books, textbooks, and lecture notes - quite a good selection at FreeTechBooks.com.
  26. Free Computer Technical Books, Tutorials and Lecture Notes at FreeComputerBooks.com.
  27. Free Sci-Fi novels and books from Baen at the Baen Free Library.
  28. Dwalin - A good selection of plain text novels.
  29. Free Audio versions of Public Domain books read out by Volunteers at LibriVox- LibriVox has become the most prolific audiobook publisher in the world, with over 1000 full length audio books, producing 60-70 books a month. About 1,500 volunteers have contributed audio recordings to the project.
  30. Wired for Books – an amazing range of interviews and lots of great audio content. They say – poems, stories, plays, essays, lectures, and interviews for children and adults.

For more free kindle book offers check out the Free Kindle Book category of this blog.

In addition to the above Top Websites, eBookSearchr is a GREAT ebook Search engine. eBook Searchr*searches only manually selected high quality eBook sites. No SPAM or irrelevant search results, just eBooks! Finally, here are some interesting Websites to Explore (including more sources for free books) -

  1. Digital Text Platform from Amazon – Publish your Books to the Amazon Kindle. The contact email for questions is digitalpublications@amazon.com .
  2. Publish YourSelf Online at Scribd.com – upload documents, publish/share, and explore the library.
  3. Afree PDF version of Think and Grow Rick by Napoleon Hill (4.5 stars at Amazon based on 364 reviews; $7.99 and not available in Kindle version). And 5 other free books on personal development (how to get rich) at GBG Team website.
  4. Whiskey Creek Press is giving away a different Free Ebook novel (which you can read on your Kindle) every week during March
  5. (courtesy Jeffery Davidson) Steven Brust, the author of the Taltos series, has written a fanfic novel set in the Firefly universe. Normally, I wouldn’t make a big deal about something like this – but it’s Steven Brust. It’s a novel. It’s also pretty good. And it’s free. It’s available in .pdf & .doc format at his website http://dreamcafe.com/firefly.html
  6. Harvard University will soon begin posting research and articles produced by its faculty on the Internet free of charge.
  7. In an attempt to boost books sales Harper Collins publishing will begin offering electronic editions of some of its books for free ;)Also – a new Coelho book free every month.
  8. Free Sci-Fi books from Tor (btw harvesting emails is wrong) – Something new is coming. Register to be one of the first to join us, and receive free digital books from bestselling and award-winning SF and fantasy authors. This is just the beginning. Once you register, you’ll receive our newsletter and a link to download a digital book. And you’ll receive a link to another new book every week. The first week’s free book is Mistborn, by rising fantasy star Brandon Sanderson. Next week’s will be Old Man’s Warby John Scalzi, 2006’s winner of the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer.
  9. CHMPDF – A collection of general interest and computer science ebooks.
  10. Well Told Tales – Short free audio books at Well Told Tales.
  11. TradePub – They have Free Trade Magazine Subscriptions and White Paper downloads provided you qualify (basically you have to register and be in that particular industry/country).
  12. Ebook and PDA documents from Memoware - quite a good collection, although some are in PDA formats.
  13. Free Study Guides, Reviews, Analysis etc. on Literature Titles at Pink Monkey.
  14. Free Study help from Cliffs Notes.
  15. A collection of open-content textbooks at WikiBooks.
  16. Research Material and Books at BookRags.com – a lot of titles are covered. Not the best presentation.
  17. Expert Media for IT Publishers from RealTime Publishers - focused on IT.
  18. Tech Books Online – some really old technical books ;)

There are a lot of free kindle books available online. All books that have passed out of copyright and into the public domain ought to be available as a free kindle book. With sites like manybooks, gutenberg, and munseys you can fill your kindle reader with free kindle books, or if you prefer supplement your kindle book purchases with free books. Personally, I think this is a overlooked advantage of the Kindle – being able to get and read all the classics and public domain books for free.

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