What is so much fun is that I have already added close to 50 free ebooks from a variety of downloadable sites and I’ve just started.
Barnes and Noble allows you to read the first several chapters of most of the books they have in eformat. It only takes a few seconds to download from almost any wireless internet connection. I have gone a bit nuts and downloaded 10 samples on my nook already. I have yet to purchase an ebook from them.
The local Phoenix Digital Library has a large variety of downloadable ebooks. But you must have a local library card – I do know that several readers are local book bloggers.
Here are two ebook and one ezine publishers of speculative fiction sites with inexpensive and quality reads:
I also found a site which converts docs into pdf format. It is 30 dollars. I have tested the free version of it and it looks good for those documents that are long which I do not want to print out or sit in front of the computer for. I believe Adobe has this function on one of its products but its cost is around 300 dollars. Please correct me on this or suggest otherwise. The link for the program is below:
On to even more interesting stuff… actual books:
The first book on my list which will be finished on the ereader is RELEASE by Nicole Hadaway. It is so much nicer than in printed out paper format and yes the review is coming very soon.
Other ebooks from author’s being featured here on Layers of Thought are and which I am excited to read are:
- Cursed by Jeremy Shipp
- Dirty Little Angels by Chris Tusa
- Post -Human by David Simpson
- Alone by Marrissa Farrar
- The Little Known by Janice Daugharty
- The Afflicted Girls by Suzi Witten
- Beth’s Acceptance by Teal Ceagh
And several others which I have yet to post previews for. To have such problems… So many books, so little time…Frank Zappa.
The above list is exactly why I knew I “needed” an ereader. In my attempt to read ebooks in other ways I found that it just doesn’t work well. For example, reading on a computer after you’ve been sitting at one all day long or printing out the books - both are awkward. Besides you get back cramps and paper cuts, and what’s worse is that you can’t take your computer to bed. But ultimately the deciding factor for the nook purchase came when I held the demo in my hand at the local Barnes and Noble. Its aesthetically pleasing, easy to hold, and works for the variety of formats which I need it for.
I do have a few complaints about the nook, but what do you expect from a first generation electronics device? I will however save the complaints for a future post, perhaps when the newness has worn off.
Beyond that we won’t get into the “nook(ie) and lust” connection in this post…I’ve had enough of that with Valentines day. Cute name but did they forget the connotation for “nookie”.. here and in the UK?
I do know a number of you have purchased ereaders recently – I’ve hounded several of you. So what are your thoughts or rants about ereaders? Links for free ereads? anything else within this line of thinking?
Thanks for reading Layers of Thought.