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Give Smashwords a Try for Free Kindle Books

As many of you know, there are many eBook publishers and retailers out there besides Amazon – if you only rely on the Amazon Kindle store to “feed” your Kindle, you may miss out on a lot of independent authors out there who write some really nice stories!

Smashwords is an ebook publishing and distribution platform for ebook authors, publishers and readers. They offer multi-format, DRM-free ebooks, ready for immediate sampling and purchase, and readable on any e-reading device. At Smashwords, the authors and publishers have complete control over the sampling, pricing and marketing of their written works.

For readers, Smashwords provides an opportunity to discover new voices in all categories and genres of the written word. Once you register, the site offers useful tools for search, discovery and personal library-building, and each week they add new features based on feedback from members.

Follow the links for the free book section, which typically has well over 1,000 – sometimes a whole heck of a lot more – books for free in many eBook formats, including your Kindle. To check it out, just click here.

You can read them on your computer, or transfer them to your Kindle. If you download a Kindle book from the site, you will need to transfer it to your computer to your Kindle. Click here to read my post on how to do that procedure – this is the same text of the title I charge 99 cents for in the Amazon Kindle store, but the blog readers can read it for free.

Want to have this blog sent wirelessly to your Kindle vs. reading it on your computer? Try out the free two-week subscription!  Click here for the Amazon page for Free Kindle Books Plus a Few Other Tipsor type in http://www.tinyurl.com/fkblog into your computer’s web browser.

Looking for more or a reliable source of free books for your Kindle?  Click here for my “Free Kindle Books and How to Find Them book (updated November 2011 for the release of the Kindle Fire!).

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The Kindle Fire How-To Guide is (Finally) Published!

Well, the project I was working on and thinking I would finish on Thanksgiving weekend was finally finished with the last round of proofing in the early hours this morning: I completed my latest book titled Kindle Fire How-To Guide: Your Guide to Tips, Tricks, Free Books, and Startup.  You can check it out if you click here or type in http://amzn.to/firebook into your computer’s web browser.

This book is a lot different than the other Kindle-related “how to” books I have published over the last few years – it is a detailed, step-by-step guide on how to navigate through each of the Kindle Fire’s tabs, perform the various steps associated with each tab, play the games, watch the music, read your books, listen to your music, and more.  I’ve also put in an updated section on how to find free Kindle books as well as new areas telling you how to get free MP3 music files, free videos, and free apps.  The tagline I put in the book’s description says “you may never pay another cent for Kindle content again” and I think that is true: by choice, I have only spent $2.97 on Kindle content this month while all of the apps, music, etc. I have received from Amazon has been free.

One of the neat things about this guide vs. my other Kindle-related guides is it is loaded with pictures showing the displays of your screen as we go through the various steps together.  That’s hopefully going to be neat for the purchasers, and neat for me now that it is done – but I will admit I said a few bad words during the process as it took me a while to figure out how to get the pictures “just right” by myself.

While I think the pictures in the book turned out good, I did the book cover last night and think it needs some help and will be working on it again.  That doesn’t change the functionality or content of the book itself, but it was either me do it myself or pay someone several hundred dollars and hope they got it right (since I’m an accountant and like the word “free,” are you surprised?).

Why am I telling you all of this?  I want you to purchase it, of course!  Actually, that is obviously a true statement but I need the book’s ranking to go up now for one simple reason: the higher the ranking now, the more people will see it as they start opening up their Kindle Fires under the tree on Christmas Day and over this weekend.  Permit me to be a little more obnoxious before I get to the more serious part of the post by saying you can check it out if you click here or type in http://amzn.to/firebook into your computer’s web browser.

Here’s the serious stuff: to give you a little incentive to purchase it, here’s one of my usual sweeteners: for every copy of this book sold over the next 24 hours (it’s 9:00 central time now), I will donate 100% of the royalties to the Ronald McDonald House here in Houston.  I’ve seen this facility and they do a great job: they are located right next door to the Texas Children’s Hospital, and it will bring a tear to your eye to see a lot of these children, and their families, and what they are going through when the child has a critical illness.  You can learn more about the Houston Ronald McDonald House if you click here or type in http://www.rmhhouston.org into your computer’s web browser.

So, that’s my offer: you’ll receive a (hopefully) great guide on how to use a Kindle Fire as well as the information on how to receive a lot of free books, music, video, and apps.  In return, you’ll help out some very sick children and their families as they try to keep the level of support up under some extremely difficult circumstances.  You can check it out if you click here or type in http://amzn.to/firebook into your computer’s web browser.

Thanks for reading this far!

Michael

Want to have this blog sent wirelessly to your Kindle vs. reading it on your computer? Try out the free two-week subscription!  Click here for the Amazon page for Free Kindle Books Plus a Few Other Tips.

Check out my new Kindle guide, Kindle Fire How-To Guide: Your Guide to Tips, Tricks, Free Books, and Startup.  You can check it out if you click here or type in http://amzn.to/firebook into your computer’s web browser.

 

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Free eBook Website

There’s nothing new right now for free in the Amazon Kindle store I’ve been able to find this morning, although that can change at anytime, so I thought I would point you to a website to check out called Fictionwise.

Website: www.fictionwise.com/ebooks/freebooks.htmIronically, Fictionwise is a Barnes and Noble company (who produced the nook, a direct competitor to the Kindle that has a color screen eBook reader) and offers a lot of books for sale, but also has a section for free books they offer from time-to-time.  You will find a lot of authors you have never heard of before and will probably pick up a gem or two: I have over the past year.  The free eBooks come in a variety of formats for various eBook readers (not just the Barnes and Noble nook eBook reader).  Registration is required to download a book, but registration is also free.

Let me know what you think!

Want to have this blog sent wirelessly to your Kindle vs. reading it on your computer? Try out the free two-week subscription!  Click here for the Amazon page for Free Kindle Books Plus a Few Other Tips.

Looking for more or a reliable source of free books for your Kindle?  Click here for my “Free Kindle Books and How to Find Them book (in the Kindle format, of course).

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Free Science Fiction for Your Kindle

Here’s a website that offers a lot of eBooks for sale, but also has a great section of free eBooks: Baen Free LibraryWebsite: www.baen.com/libraryBaen publishes only science fiction and fantasy titles, and touts their offerings as “powerful plots with solid scientific and philosophical underpinnings are the sine qua non for consideration for science fiction submissions.  As for fantasy, any magical system must be both rigorously coherent and integral to the plot, and overall the work must at least strive for originality.”

I’ve found several great science fiction eBooks on this website – why not peruse it for yourself: you might find something you like?  Once you click the link above, click on the “Books” link on the left-hand side of the web page.  From there, you will see a good list of free material.

Once you click on one of the books and read its description and want it, you can download the Kindle version to your computer and then transfer it to your computer. 

Once you download it to your computer, you will need to transfer it to your Kindle, and you can click here to read my free guide on how to transfer content to your computer.  This is the same guide I charge 99 cents for in the Amazon Kindle store, but you get it for free.

Rather than transfer it from your computer to your Kindle, the Baen website has a pretty neat setup: it can also be yours by either downloading it to your computer or, if you sign up and authorize Baen’s server to email it to your Kindle, it will email it to your unique Amazon email address and it will transfer via Whispersync to your Kindle (there will be a 15 cent fee to do so unless you use the WiFi option of your K3). 

Before you can email items to your Kindle you must authorize access by WebScription.net. You will need to login in to your Amazon Kindle account by clicking here (Kindle owners using the UK Kindle store can click here) and in “Your Kindle approved e-mail list” add the address @webscription.net

You only need to do this once.  Then, back on the middle part of the webpage for the book, you will need to enter the address for your Kindle device here and click “Send” and you should be good to go.

Have fun!

Want to have this blog sent wirelessly to your Kindle vs. reading it on your computer? Try out the free two-week subscription!  Click here for the Amazon page for Free Kindle Books Plus a Few Other Tips.

Click here for my “Kindle Tips, Tricks, and Shortcuts” book (in the Kindle format, of course).

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The Yiddish Book Center

The Yiddish Book Center works to rescue Yiddish and other modern Jewish books and open up their content to the world, and has over 11,000 eBooks available for free download and online reading, and appears to be a tremendous resource.  Most of the books are available in the Kindle format – to review their free eBook collection, you can click here or type in http://bit.ly/gtUSYi  into your computer’s web browser to check it out.

Once you get to this page, you can search the collection by author, title, most downloaded, etc.  Suppose you click on the sort option to show the books by the most downloaded.  At this time, the most downloaded book from the site is Yidish-English-Hebreyisher ṿerṭerbukh.  If you clicked on this book, and wanted it in the Kindle format, you would look on the left-hand side of the eBook’s web page and choose the “Kindle” version of the eBook.

Once you download it to your computer, you will need to transfer it to your Kindle, and you can click here to read my free guide on how to transfer content to your computer.  This is the same guide I charge 99 cents for in the Amazon Kindle store, but you get it for free.

Have fun surfing!

Want to have this blog sent wirelessly to your Kindle vs. reading it on your computer? Try out the free two-week subscription!  Click here for the Amazon page for Free Kindle Books Plus a Few Other Tips.

Click here for my “Kindle Tips, Tricks, and Shortcuts” book (in the Kindle format, of course).

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Pick Any Two Kindle Books for Free

Here’s a promotion I missed during Read an eBook Week, but you still have today to take advantage of BeWrite Books’ special offer: go through their online eBook catalog (and there is a lot of stuff there), and pick any two books for free.  Here is how you can take advantage of their free offer:

  • Point your computer’s web browser to http://www.bewrite.net
  • Click on the “Book Store” link on the right-hand side of the screen
  • Go through their catalog, and choose two books.
  • Compose an email to RAEBW@bewrite.net and send them the two titles you would like for free.  PLEASE NOTE: you will need to put the books’ URL in the email’s body. Just copy and paste the link in your email, and you might want to include the name of the book and the title.
  • Let them know you want the Kindle format of the book.
  • Why not give them a big “Thank You” for making this offer during Read an eBook week?

Folks on the Amazon Kindle discussion boards have been talking about the fast service as well as the quality of the selections available.

Hope you’re having a great weekend!

Michael

Want to have this blog sent wirelessly to your Kindle vs. reading it on your computer? Try out the free two-week subscription!  Click here for the Amazon page for Free Kindle Books Plus a Few Other Tips.

Looking for more or a reliable source of free books for your Kindle?  Click here for my “Free Kindle Books and How to Find Them book (in the Kindle format, of course).

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Project Gutenberg and Read an eBook Week

Read an eBook week is in celebration of the 40th anniversary of the first eBook, credited to Michael Hart.  Hart was given a $100,000 credit on an IBM mainframe computer in 1971, and decided to use this credit to develop an electronic storage, retrieval, and search system of library books – unheard of at the time – and created the first eBook.  What was that title?  The Declaration of Independence!

This initial beginning launched what is now called Project Gutenberg (http://www.gutenberg.org) – a site that has over 40,000 eBooks available on its site, with affiliate / linking sources to over 100,000 eBooks on it – and all of them are free, and most are available in a variety of eBook reader formats.

So, in honor of Read an eBook week and its promotion of Project Gutenberg – when is the last time you hit the Project Gutenberg for free eBooks?  If you’ve never tried it, I highly recommend it.

All of the content is in the public domain, and the majority of the titles I have seen are available in the Kindle format –each title has been painstakingly typed up and proofed by a group of worldwide volunteers.  I have rediscovered many titles I enjoyed reading growing up plus many more I have never been exposed.

You can read them on your computer, or transfer them to your Kindle.  If you download a Kindle book from the site, you will need to transfer it to your computer to your Kindle.  Click here to read my post on how to do that procedure – this is the same text of the title I charge 99 cents for in the Amazon Kindle store, but the blog readers can read it for free.

So, go check out Project Gutenberg and discover / rediscover a classic!

Want to have this blog sent wirelessly to your Kindle vs. reading it on your computer? Try out the free two-week subscription!  Click here for the Amazon page for Free Kindle Books Plus a Few Other Tips.

Looking for more or a reliable source of free books for your Kindle?  Click here for my “Free Kindle Books and How to Find Them book (in the Kindle format, of course).

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