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message 1: by Danny (new)

Danny Richardson (DannyRichardson) | 15 comments As a (happy) Kindle owner, I'm always on the look out for any free or discounted eBooks, especially in the Sci-Fi/Fantasy areas. I thought it might be a good idea to have a thread on this to try and store this information to a central location, as well as use the 'group mind' to collect the data.

Of course, some of these offers can be temporary, links can go stale, etc., but hopefully at the time of posting the offer was valid.

To start things off, I noticed today that Dragon Keeper is now available for pre-order for free. I think that this is the Robin Hobb book that Veronica mentioned in S&L #30.

There's also the Baen Free Library.

Jeffrey A. Carver has some ebooks available for download from his site.

And of course, Cory Doctorow has most of his books available too.

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Tamahome | 5086 comments Peter Watts, author of Blindsight:

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Christian Cantrell (christiancantrell) My novel Containment is available for the Kindle for only $0.99 (and doing very well, actually). I wasn't intending to self-promote, but since it's relevant:

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Lynn Hardy (LynnHardy) | 8 comments Prophecy of the Flame is available at Amazon for .99:

message 5: by Cameron (new)

Cameron (cm_cameron) | 50 comments There are also many free eBooks on Many Books, Feedbooks, and Project Gutenberg. They're mostly public domain classics but there are some good recent books as well.

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Sean | 1 comments is DRM free and only $4 to $6.

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David Newhall | 28 comments Baen Publishing has the Baen Free Library. It offers e-books by well known SF authors like Bujold, Weber, and Turtledove. Many of the Baen hardbacks also include a cd stuffed with e-books. Surprisingly, most of the copies at my library still have their cds. The website intro by, I think, Eric Flint on why it is good for authors to offer free access to their back catalog is worth reading.

message 8: by Tamahome (last edited May 02, 2010 07:43AM) (new)

Tamahome | 5086 comments We can open up a whole 'nother can of worms and list the free audiobook sites. for example has free audio sf short stories, along with its 2 spinoffs: (horror) & (fantasy) .

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Tracy (Tracy_Falbe) | 14 comments Since you asked, Union of Renegades: The Rys Chronicles Book I is always a free download in a choice of formats from and many other places like Smashwords, Many Books, Feedbooks, and Barnes & Noble.

It is the first novel of my 4-part fantasy series. I always offer it for free so people can assess my work to see if it suits them before (hopefully) choosing to buy the rest of my novels.

About the novel:

Dreibrand Veta has killed for his country. At the frontlines of imperial expansion, he seeks to rebuild the fortune of his noble family. In his daring travels he encounters the rys, a race far more powerful than the human empire that bred him. Dreibrand cannot defy the rys Queen Onja nor defend his companion, Miranda, and her children from the wicked tyrant Queen.

Desperate for help, Dreibrand and Miranda join Shan, a rys with emerging powers who plans to challenge Onja. In Shan’s pursuit of the rys throne, he exerts his magical powers, gathers his allies, and incites rebellion among Onja’s human subjects.

Great wealth and power will reward the kings, warriors, and spies that align themselves with the rys pretender, but defeat could mean worse than death. Onja can imprison souls and her genocidal rage is legendary. Everything is at risk for Shan’s union of renegades.

Thanks for asking!

message 10: by Joshua (last edited May 05, 2010 05:49AM) (new)

Joshua (JoshuaCaleb) | 38 comments If you purchase my book Warped & Wired on, then you get the ebook for free(kindle format available) It's not completely "free", but I think bundling paperbacks and ebooks is a smart idea.(they do it with blurays)
check it out, even it you don't buy it.

message 11: by David (last edited May 05, 2010 07:23AM) (new)

David Burton (davidhburton) My book, The Second Coming, is $1.99 for about another week, both at Smashwords and Amazon. Then it's going up to $2.99.

And if you want to participate in a group discussion it was chosen over at the Fantasy Book Club for June/July.

message 12: by Skip (new)

Skip | 515 comments As part of a promotion for the Nook, Barnes & Noble is offering one e-book a week for free to anyone with a Nook or the B&N eReader. The eReader is out on many platforms, so see if you can get it.

The book offered for the week begining the 23rd is Jim Butcher's "Storm Front". This is the first book in the Dresden Files Series, and is probably the place to start. It's not the strongest book in the series, but it is a great summer read.

message 13: by Joshua (new)

Joshua (JoshuaCaleb) | 38 comments Hey all! In an effort to gain more exposure (and keep your wallets thick with cash) I have changed the price of the Warped & Wired ebook to 99 cents! You can purchase it on devices) for this price right now. Look for the new price to be reflected on other retail sites in the coming weeks. Go forth and Read!

message 14: by terpkristin (new)

terpkristin | 3521 comments Well this was a dangerous thread. I've just spent next to nothing and added a fair few books to my Kindle...

message 15: by Danny (new)

Danny Richardson (DannyRichardson) | 15 comments @terpkristin - yes, that was kind of the idea!

I'm really impressed that there's so many published authors in our group - I don't know whether we should have another thread for people to publicize their own work (I'd hate to think that people felt they could only post their work here if they'd discounted it).

message 16: by Tamahome (last edited May 25, 2010 10:15AM) (new)

Tamahome | 5086 comments Now you can read "Best of Philippine Speculative Fiction" for free online

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