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    • angel316
    • By angel316 29th Dec 08, 9:07 PM
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    Free ebooks for anyone with an electronic reader
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    • 29th Dec 08, 9:07 PM
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    Free ebooks for anyone with an electronic reader 29th Dec 08 at 9:07 PM
    I had a Sony reader for Christmas and these work well :-)

    http://www.planetebook.com/

    Does anyone know of any more sites?

    TIA :-)

    Chris

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    Last edited by MSE Andrea; 27-01-2016 at 12:43 PM.
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  • justpeyton4now
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    • 30th Dec 08, 9:17 AM
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    • 30th Dec 08, 9:17 AM
    I've bookmarked the site, thank you! It seems as tho you can read them without a reader also if I've read it correctly. LOL

    Thanks again
    Take the first step.
    Even if you cannot see the whole staircase,
    Just take the first step.
    ~MLK, Jr~
  • justpeyton4now
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    • 30th Dec 08, 9:19 AM
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    • 30th Dec 08, 9:19 AM
    Here is another site that has a lot of books on it. It seems most are very old and obscure books, yet you might find something you enjoy there.

    http://digital.library.upenn.edu/books/
    Take the first step.
    Even if you cannot see the whole staircase,
    Just take the first step.
    ~MLK, Jr~
    • chillúd savúr
    • By chillúd savúr 30th Dec 08, 9:35 AM
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    chillúd savúr
    • #4
    • 30th Dec 08, 9:35 AM
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    • 30th Dec 08, 9:35 AM
    http://www.free-ebooks.net

    Haven't tried myself but worth a try.
  • orb
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    • 30th Dec 08, 11:23 AM
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    • 30th Dec 08, 11:23 AM
    There's the Gutenberg Project, been going for years. Unless you go down the route of pirated stuff, most of what you will find for free is going to be old material which is out of copyright so can legally be made available for free by the likes of the Gutenberg Project. Still gives you the likes of Lear, Poe, Dickens, Austen, Conan Doyle, Twain, Milton, Wilde, etc. Plenty to keep you going.

    http://www.gutenberg.org/wiki/Main_Page
  • matimage
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    • 30th Dec 08, 11:50 AM
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    • 30th Dec 08, 11:50 AM
    I am rather tempted by one of these but I cannot believe the price of the books! They seem to be charging the same as the full price hardbacks!
    Surely its much cheaper to produce the electronic version of the book rather than paper, print, distribute etc? You would also think the electronic version could be produced directly from the authors original manuscript in this digital day and age so the amount of work involved producing them should be tiny?
    Why isn't this reflected in the consumer price? Until they realise this an sort it out I cannot see them shifting many units.
    Surely the kind of person who would want an ereader have all the books you can get for free anyway?
    Sometimes you get what you deserve...

    • budgie2
    • By budgie2 30th Dec 08, 1:10 PM
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    • 30th Dec 08, 1:10 PM
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    • 30th Dec 08, 1:10 PM
    I got a Sony ereader for Christmas too. Here are a few sites I have found - but like matimage, I am shocked at the price of ebooks - and the lack of availability too...

    http://manybooks.net/
    Lots of free ebooks

    www.booksonboard.com
    Not free, but the cheapest I have found for new titles etc.

    www.ebooks.com/
    Not quite as cheap as Books on Board, but has a bigger range.

    If anyone knows of any others please do post them, I'd be ever so grateful!
  • pippa93
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    • 30th Dec 08, 1:50 PM
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    • 30th Dec 08, 1:50 PM
    i use many books too- especially as you can set the downloaded file to be the format used on the reader.
    The prices are astronomical if you consider the work needed.
    If you look at books from the early 20th century, you may find them interesting.
    I am waiting until the price comes down before paying for them.
    • U've been framed
    • By U've been framed 31st Dec 08, 1:51 AM
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    U've been framed
    • #9
    • 31st Dec 08, 1:51 AM
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    • 31st Dec 08, 1:51 AM
    There are also
    www.fictionwise.com
    and
    www.mobipocket.com
    • Pam Paradise
    • By Pam Paradise 31st Dec 08, 1:59 PM
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    Pam Paradise
    Free e-books
    This site gives links to 20 sites to download free e-books of varying subjects.
    Haven't used myself by may be worth a look

    http://www.hongkiat.com/blog/20-best-websites-to-download-free-e-books/
    • Enterprise 1701C
    • By Enterprise 1701C 31st Dec 08, 7:23 PM
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    Enterprise 1701C
    I think a lot of the price of an e-book is for royalties etc - that's why the earlier ones are free. The cost of printing is negligible in the sort of quantities they print them in.

    I want an e-book reader - have a house full of books, everyone of them has been read, have no more space but can't bear to part with them!
    What is this life if, full of care, we have no time to stand and stare
    • pjw123
    • By pjw123 1st Jan 09, 9:34 AM
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    pjw123
    I am rather tempted by one of these but I cannot believe the price of the books! They seem to be charging the same as the full price hardbacks!
    Surely its much cheaper to produce the electronic version of the book rather than paper, print, distribute etc? You would also think the electronic version could be produced directly from the authors original manuscript in this digital day and age so the amount of work involved producing them should be tiny?
    Why isn't this reflected in the consumer price? Until they realise this an sort it out I cannot see them shifting many units.
    Surely the kind of person who would want an ereader have all the books you can get for free anyway?
    Originally posted by matimage
    I checked out prices in Waterstones, and in fact you end up paying more for e-books, as you dont get any 3 for 2 deals or similar. I am making do with my nintendo and 100 books (plus downloads apparently) as there is something appealing about reading from an electronic gadget. Good for holiday reading too, less to carry.
    cheers
    pjw
    • chillúd savúr
    • By chillúd savúr 28th Jan 09, 7:36 PM
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    chillúd savúr
    Doctor Who Ebooks: http://www.bbc.co.uk/doctorwho/classic/ebooks/index.shtml?source=buyat&cm_mmc=Buyat-_-Affilaite-_-Online-_-Buyat
  • medders2604
    www.ebookcrescent.com is pretty good and has a fair few books in the sales so good prices as well.
    • sarah2000h
    • By sarah2000h 13th Feb 09, 10:33 PM
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    sarah2000h
    problem downloading free ebooks from floodle.net
    I can't download free ebooks from floodle.net because of the following error

    "Ebook download error - Ebooks only available if you download directly from http://www.floodle.net, if you have tried to download it from there then it's likely you have Norton Internet Security running with the anonymize option enabled - temporarily disabling this option will allow the downloads to work"

    I don't think it's a good idea to disable my firewall. Does anyone have any ideas?
  • nic1lou2
    I don't know about anybody else but I really struggle getting books from sites other than Waterstones to download. I am right asking for epub version for my Sony e-reader? Downloads then go to the Adobe Digital editions is that right? then do I need to import to my ebook library? or am I doing something wrong - fed up of paying Waterstones prices!
  • LeeLowe
    Ebook sites
    I use Feedbooks regularly, and list my own novel Mortal Ghost with them. They provide multiple e-formats, including a Kindle-compatible one, are reliable with formatting, and answer email questions promptly and expertly. Highly recommended!
  • LeeLowe
    @nic1lou, Try Feedbooks, as I've said. They also have good instructions at the site on how to download in a variety of formats. If you're still having trouble, write to Hadrien there and he will surely help you.
    • daska
    • By daska 1st Mar 09, 1:33 PM
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    daska
    I don't think it's a good idea to disable my firewall. Does anyone have any ideas?
    Originally posted by sarah2000h
    If you trust the site you can usually add it as an exception.
  • kacetwo
    For Sci-fi/fantasy fans there is lots of new stuff legally at http://baencd.thefifthimperium.com/

    BUT if you like go and buy some of the even newer stories
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