Here are some more well reviewed independent authors from the Kindle Store –
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 😉 ]
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.
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 –
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.
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 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.
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 –
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).
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) –
Nov 11th – the MaidenFlight book listed above. Thanks to Melissa.
Nov 7th – R. W. Ridley free kindle contest at his blog, plus he’s giving away pdf of ‘The Takers’.
Nov 2nd/3rd – Free election coverage – Washington Post was Free from 2nd to 5th Nov, and The New York Times from 3rd to 6th.
There are a non trivial number of Free Book giveaways – some are kindle only.
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 Books from Project Gutenberg (20,000) – You can find nearly all (19,505) these books in Kindle Book Format, Free at ManyBooks.net. Also, 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.
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).
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.
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.
Courtesy Jon Wolf, the MobileRead eBook library has 2,990 eBooks available in Mobipocket format which will work for your Kindle and Kindle 2.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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) –
(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
Harvard University will soon begin posting research and articles produced by its faculty on the Internet free of charge.
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.
There are a lot of free kindle books available online. SUBSCRIBE NOW for Free Kindle Book Emails delivered straight to your Email Inbox. 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.