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message 1: by J.J. (new)

J.J. Sweet! Thanks a lot. ; )


message 2: by [deleted user] (new)

Get the free Amazon Kindle app for your computer or other dodad...they have lots of free SF


message 3: by Andrea (new)

Andrea | 2669 comments The Baen Free library, not as good as it used to be but still has some stuff
http://www.baen.com/categories/free-l...

And of course Project Gutenberg for older stuff
http://www.gutenberg.org

And most e-book vendors have some free selections (Amazon, Kobo, Smashwords, etc)

You can also find some stuff on Goodreads itself, but they are cutting back on it.


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Randy Harmelink | 931 comments I create lists of free Kindle books once a week or so (overdue on one right now):

http://ogres-crypt.com/Kindle/index.html

That link also has a number of tips on how to find free Kindle books. I post to this topic when I do updates:

https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/...


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OUCH!!


message 7: by Andrea (new)

Andrea | 2669 comments I didn't check the links but for the most part, if it's not coming from the publisher/author and its a big name bestseller, it's very likely pirated (and possibly virus infected) so need to be careful.

Lot's of legit places to get free stuff though. I've only actually paid for a handful of books for my e-reader, everything else I legally got for free.

Another few places

- Join the Tor.com newsletter was doing a monthly giveaway. Though that has temporarily stopped they still do one-off's, and of course Tor Online is always available. And for what it's worth, I actually enjoy the newsletter itself.

- Join the Brian McClellan Powder Mage newsletter, I've gotten two free novellas from that. Most authors have some short stories on their websites

- There's a bunch of online SFF magazines that are free (Daily Science Fiction, Clarke's World, Lightspeed, etc). The internet archives also has older print magazines that have been digitized.

- Libraries, friends, and of course can get cheap books from used bookstores

So many options, definitely don't need to go illegal! And also no need to steal profits from the authors, after all if they don't get any money they won't be able to write more stuff for us to enjoy.


message 8: by [deleted user] (last edited Jan 02, 2018 09:33AM) (new)

Andrea wrote: "- There's a bunch of online SFF magazines that are free (Daily Science Fiction, Clarke's World, Lightspeed, etc). The internet archives also has older print magazines that have been digitized...."

FYI, I keep a list of known free short story sources, mostly the on-line magazines, at the top of the Short Story Recommendations topic for those interested.


message 9: by J.J. (new)

J.J. How does someone know when ebooks are pirated or a website of pirated ebooks? If they are not from a big brand name website its pirated? Just curious, I'm new to this ebook stuff. I don't want to get in trouble or do the authors wrong in not getting paid.


message 10: by Eric (new)

Eric This web site lists free books available at Amazon for Kindle. Many are author offers to promote their books or get you started on a series. Some are public domain.

This site is legit. Most links take you to Amazon.

http://hundredzeros.com/


message 11: by Andrea (new)

Andrea | 2669 comments J.J. wrote: "How does someone know when ebooks are pirated or a website of pirated ebooks? If they are not from a big brand name website its pirated? Just curious, I'm new to this ebook stuff. I don't want to g..."

One way I would check is if I found a book for free on one site, I would check the big providers like Amazon or Kobo. If it is free there, then it's legit, but if not, probably its pirated. Ebooks often have promotions but usually it comes from the publishers so all sellers all have the same promotion at the same time.

I've also used this site to track down free e-books, since it links to legit vendors, it doesn't provide the download itself - https://www.bookbub.com/ebook-deals/f...

In general, I would always stick to the big name vendors, publishers and author sites not just to avoid piracy but to avoid viruses. Or the major archiving sites like Project Gutenberg that I assume both checks the fact the copyright expired and the file is virus free. If it sounds too good to be true (e.g. recent bestsellers like Sanderson's Oathbreaker), it probably is pirated :)

This does mean that a lot of what you want to get won't be free, even when big name books are free from the publisher you'll likely only ever get the first book in the series (after all it's a marketing trick to get you to buy the rest...Tor succeeded with two series so far with me, hehe).

But if you keep your eyes peeled you'll likely manage to get enough free (or really cheap) legit stuff that you won't even have time to go hunting in more shady corners of the 'net.


message 12: by Robin P (new)

Robin P Andrea wrote: "The Baen Free library, not as good as it used to be but still has some stuff
http://www.baen.com/categories/free-l...

And of course Project Gutenberg for older stuff
http://www.gutenberg.o..."


If you have an iPad, there is an app called Megareader, which costs a few dollars, but then gives you free access to Baen Books, as well as Project Gutenberg and some other options. I think I saw some of the Honor Harrington books there.


message 13: by Andrea (new)

Andrea | 2669 comments Robin wrote: "If you have an iPad, there is an app called Megareader, which costs a few dollars, but then gives you free access to Baen Books, as well as Project Gutenberg."

Not sure why one would pay for access to Project Gutenberg which is already free :)

The Honor Harrington book is still on the Baen Free Library, so no need to pay even a few dollars to have access to it either. Maybe the fee is just for the user interface that saves you the trouble of having to search for the books from all the different sources yourself?


message 14: by Elizabeth (new)

Elizabeth | 51 comments Scribl has some absolute gems, it's crowdpriced so recent stuff tends to be free. You can also filter by story elements like what the main character is like, pacing, setting, how serious the story is etc. which is an awesome feature.


message 15: by Jim (new)

Jim (jimmaclachlan) | 2228 comments Andrea wrote: "The Honor Harrington book is still on the Baen Free Library, so no need to pay even a few dollars to have access to it either...."

That's how I found & got sucked into the series. Baen is smart about that. They gave me one older free book & I wound up buying a dozen more.

They used to have free CDs that could be downloaded with a lot of great, free content. Ah yes, I see they're still available here:
http://ebooks.thefifthimperium.com/
I downloaded them as zips & expanded them. Now I'd download the .iso & mount them, but dealer's choice. They're well worth it.


message 16: by Randy (new)

Randy Harmelink | 931 comments I should have noted that the Amazon searches for free books that I use to create my lists of free books are always available:

SciFi: https://www.amazon.com/s?field-price=...

Fantasy: https://www.amazon.com/s?field-price=...

Both currently list over 2000 books.


message 17: by Andrea (new)

Andrea | 2669 comments Randy wrote: "I should have noted that the Amazon searches for free books that I use to create my lists of free books are always available:"

Nice, they even have little boxes so you can refine the search by fantasy creature, might help me find some free Dragon books that meet the trickier Bingo challenge squares.


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