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Old 19-09-2010, 13:31   #1
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Free Kindle books

I was just wandering the halls of the Amazon UK Kindle store, when I noticed quite a few books had suddenly become available for free.

Not the usual Project Gutenberg stuff either, but books from the bestselling chart. Both volumes of 'Blood Sweat and Tears' by Tom Reynolds, for example, now cost £0.00.

Dunno if this is a glitch, or a promo (most titles seem to book one in ongoing series), but it has encouraged me to grab a few titles by authors I've never heard of, just for the hell of it.

Go to the top 100 free books list and have a rummage!
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Old 19-09-2010, 13:38   #2
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Old 19-09-2010, 14:15   #3
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The only ones i can really see are the Blood Sweat and Tears you mention above... all the rest seem to be the usual free ones? Anyone spotted any of note?
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Old 19-09-2010, 14:40   #4
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The Blood, Sweat and Tea books have been free for a few weeks, I got them on 8th August. Looking through the list, one I haven't previously noticed is Winnie-the-Pooh .
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Old 19-09-2010, 14:47   #5
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cybill shepards autobiography "Cybill Disobedience" is free, as in "Soul Identity" by Dennis Batchelder. Also "spellwright" by Blake Charlton
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Thanks for this - will be handy when my Kindle finally arrives

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Old 24-09-2010, 13:09   #7
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Just spotted another freebie - Per Wahlöö - "Roseanna" [Kindle Edition]

Digital List Price: £6.43 / Print List Price: £7.99 / Kindle Price: £0.00
  • 'skilfully plotted...' - London Review of Books
  • 'I have never read a finer police story.' - Los Angeles Times
  • 'The writing is elegant and surprisingly humorous ... if you haven't come across Beck before, you're in for a treat.' - Guardian
  • 'If you haven't read Sjowall/Wahloo, start now.' - Sunday Telegraph
  • 'Their mysteries don't just read well; they reread even better. Witness, wife, petty cop or crook ... they're all real characters even if they get just a few sentences. The plots hold, because they're ingenious but never inhuman.' - New York Times
  • 'The decalogue about the Swedish Chief Inspector Martin Beck created by Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo during the 1960s and 1970s are indeed classic police fiction. They changed the genre. Whoever is writing crime fiction after these novels inspired by them in one way or another.' Henning Mankell
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Old 24-09-2010, 17:19   #8
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Thanks for these. I am sure that this will become like the "app store" for Apple in that there will be a few free books popping up for a day or two.
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Old 24-09-2010, 17:29   #9
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Can you download without a Kindle?
As I was thinking about getting the other half one for christmas and would like to be able to supply it with a load of books on it. I had a quick look and I got the impression that it would be like an iTunes thing, so I wouldn't be able to buy stuff for her, as it'd need her email account etc.
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Old 24-09-2010, 17:32   #10
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Various programs to download to PC etc. Look on Amazon website.
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Old 24-09-2010, 18:44   #11
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I had a quick look and I got the impression that it would be like an iTunes thing, so I wouldn't be able to buy stuff for her, as it'd need her email account etc.
You are right, it is tied to an Amazon account. You could only do something like that by having a dedicated account for the Kindle, or a linking it to a shared Amazon account that you both use.
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Old 27-09-2010, 07:11   #12
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free textbooks

CK-12 Chemistry - 12 different titles (note some large file sizes of 70mb). Link is to chemistry edition, search for CK-12 for the others.
CK-12 Foundation are "a non-profit organization with a mission to reduce the cost of textbook materials for the K-12 market both in the U.S. and worldwide"
  • CK-12 Advanced Probability and Statistics
  • CK-12 Algebra I
  • CK-12 Biology I - Honors
  • CK-12 Calculus
  • CK-12 Chemistry
  • CK-12 Earth Science
  • CK-12 Engineering: An Introduction for High School
  • CK-12 Geometry
  • CK-12 Life Science
  • CK-12 People's Physics Book Version 2
  • CK-12 Trigonometry
  • CK-12 21st Century Physics: A Compilation of Contemporary and Emerging Technologies
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not free, but <£1

£0.74 - LEARN SPANISH in 12 DAYS

£0.74 - Set of 3 Learn to Speak Spanish Books

£0.36 - In Search of Adam - Caroline Smailes
  • "A stark and shocking tale told unflinchingly yet with outstanding sensitivity" - Dave Hill, author of The Adoption
  • "Original, authentic and technically brilliant, Caroline Smailes' In Search of Adam is a debut of remarkable quality and devastating power" - Nicholas Royle, author of Antwerp
  • "Staccato prose that crackles with experience" - Danny Rhodes, author of Asboville
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Old 27-09-2010, 07:40   #14
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Thanks for these. I am sure that this will become like the "app store" for Apple in that there will be a few free books popping up for a day or two.
This would be a very good marketing stance for publishers to take, Mr X who has his 8th in a series coming out, could offer no#1 in the series for free as a promo and get himself a lot of potential new readers to his series. As distribution costs are tiny for ebooks it could well end up profitable for all.

I also think doing stuff like offering up more than a chapter for free is a good idea, after all - 1 chapter gives you a flavour of the book, but if i got the first third for free and got into it, the chances of me going on to buy the whole thing would be 100%.

Of course this only works if the book isn't crap, but ebooks offer publishers a huge amount of marketing opportunities that no other medium offers - whats the betting none of them capitalise on it ?

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Old 28-09-2010, 11:45   #15
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Free 25 Phrase Book is now available
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Old 28-09-2010, 14:33   #16
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I just went a little overboard and downloaded the entire top 100!
It was either do that or do my expenses!
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Another Free book The New World by Patrick Ness
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I can't find these and the link doesn't lead anywhere.

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CK-12 Chemistry - 12 different titles (note some large file sizes of 70mb). Link is to chemistry edition, search for CK-12 for the others.
CK-12 Foundation are "a non-profit organization with a mission to reduce the cost of textbook materials for the K-12 market both in the U.S. and worldwide"
  • CK-12 Advanced Probability and Statistics
  • CK-12 Algebra I
  • CK-12 Biology I - Honors
  • CK-12 Calculus
  • CK-12 Chemistry
  • CK-12 Earth Science
  • CK-12 Engineering: An Introduction for High School
  • CK-12 Geometry
  • CK-12 Life Science
  • CK-12 People's Physics Book Version 2
  • CK-12 Trigonometry
  • CK-12 21st Century Physics: A Compilation of Contemporary and Emerging Technologies
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Old 30-09-2010, 13:04   #19
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I can't find these and the link doesn't lead anywhere.
They must have pulled them, I downloaded 6 of them onto my Samsung Galaxy S Kindle App the other day, if I go to Amazon and check the history of items then they no longer have links to their respective Amazon pages whereas other free books do.

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The thing with these free books. Even if it is a misprice or a mistake, they can remove them from your Kindle, at their discretion can't they?
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