Free ebooks

Can someone out-compete Amazon in these six areas?

By Chris Meadows
August 7, 2015 // 1 Comment

The ever-thought-provoking Joe Konrath has posted an essay with six areas Amazon seems unwilling or unable to pursue, that might provide fertile ground for some competitor to come in and disrupt the company. The areas Konrath thinks are promising include ad-supported e-books, libraries, [...]

Fabulously frightful freebies for the Festive Season

By Paul St John Mackintosh
December 26, 2014 // 0 Comments

Since the extremely talented Simon Strantzas has graced us with a very unsettling Christmas special, “Making Merry,” I thought that this was a good time to pick up on a couple of modern classics of free festive fear. Or Gratis Gibbering Ghoulishness. That’s modern, because free [...]

Scotland’s winter wonderland showcased in stunning freebie

By Paul St John Mackintosh
November 24, 2014 // 0 Comments

Yes, this is a shameless puff on behalf of my beloved homeland – but it’s also a chance to pick up a beautiful and useful travel guide for zero cash, and to enjoy some superb state-of-the-art digital destination marketing. For VisitScotland, Scotland’s national tourism [...]

Rockefeller University Press makes free ebooks available

By Paul St John Mackintosh
October 28, 2014 // 0 Comments

The Rockefeller University Press has announced an expanded program of free ebook release for scholars and public alike, although the titles concerned may not interest a broad general audience. Over 50 titles are being made available in multiple ebook formats  (PDF, ePub, Mobi) here, with [...]

Free e-books for reviews: bad idea?

By Chris Meadows
June 10, 2014 // 3 Comments

Well, this is fairly tone-deaf and yet remarkably predictable. Kim Ukura on BookRiot reports on publisher Crown Publishing Group’s book review program, “Blogging for Books.” This program sends books to bloggers to review…and then they have to review it, publicly, or get dropped from the [...]

University of Chicago Press offers Liberace biography for free this month

By Chris Meadows
June 2, 2014 // 0 Comments

The University of Chicago Press free e-book this month is Liberace: An American Boy by Darden Asbury Pyron, a biography of, yes, Liberace. It’ll be free throughout the month. The interesting thing to me is that I haven’t looked at University of Chicago free e-books in a while. Last time they [...]

Celebrate Free Comic Day with free digital comics

By Chris Meadows
May 3, 2014 // 1 Comment

Well, here it is Free Comic Day. And I’m sure that those of you who run by your local comic shops are finding plenty of free issues to read. But as for those of you not lucky enough to have a comic shop in your area, well, there are still plenty of free digital comics to be had. Image is giving [...]

Read an E-Book Week: Twilight Times free e-books, including Displaced Detective

By Chris Meadows
March 8, 2014 // 0 Comments

Hello! I see you’re not taking part in the National Day of Unplugging either. Which is good, since that means you’re still able to read e-books. It’s the tail end of Read an E-Book Week, and here are a few intriguing freebies from Twilight Times Books. Provided in DRM-free PDF, and often EPUB [...]

How to get the most out of library ebooks via the right gadget, text to speech, and otherwise

By libertyc
October 18, 2013 // 1 Comment

Want to hear text to speech from free library ebooks on your 50-mile commute? Even if you own an Android machine and the usual OverDrive app can’t do “read-aloud” unless audiobooks count? Also, what if you haven’t even bought an e-reading gizmo for library use, but want to? Which model to [...]

Booktrack Combines Music with your E-Books

By libertyc
September 12, 2013 // 1 Comment

I am a daily commuter, and as such I always my e-reader with me so that I have something to read on my daily train rides. However, the train is far from a quiet library, and as a result I have gotten in the habit of listening to music while simultaneously reading. However, it’s no easy task [...]

YouVersion puts the Bible on your smartphone or tablet

By libertyc
July 28, 2013 // 14 Comments

Sunday morning seems like an appropriate time to mention this story. The New York Times has taken notice of YouVersion, a free social-networking-enabled e-Bible application for mobile devices. Built by evangelical megachurch, the application is a non-denominational electronic Bible [...]

UK Science Museum publishes 'cli-fi' novel as free e-book

By libertyc
July 22, 2013 // 0 Comments

Alison Flood, writing for The Guardian back in April, introduced a novel experiment in climate fiction by the British writer Tony White titled “Shackleton’s Man Goes South.” For a few months the nonfiction narrative/novel has been available as a free download from the [...]

Want 4,000 pages of free science fiction, no pirating required?

By libertyc
July 18, 2013 // 3 Comments

In honor of its fifth anniversary, is offering a free e-book of all the original fiction published on its site in one handy edition. All you have to do is register with the site (painless), and you can download it. It’s DRM-free (here’s looking at you, Joanna) and available in [...]

Ernst & Young Releases "Mobile Banking," a Free Financial Services E-Book

By Dan Eldridge
May 7, 2013 // 0 Comments

The University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, if you’re not familiar with it, is generally agreed upon as being one of the finest graduate business schools in the country. Unbeknownst to TeleRead until just earlier today, however, was the school’s online business analysis [...]

Baen inks deal with Amazon, makes major changes to Webscriptions and Free Library

By libertyc
December 9, 2012 // 33 Comments

Toni Weisskopf has posted a series of messages to the Baen Bar indicating major changes in the offing for the Baen Ebooks (nee Webscriptions) store. Baen is finally on the verge of getting its titles placed directly into Amazon (and is negotiating with others such as Barnes & Noble, etc.) The [...]

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