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So I got a Kindle

…but I’m still old fashioned enough that the thought of paying $12 for a book download gives me pause. So here’s an open thread on good, cheap Kindle reading material or where you look to find it.

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Written by taogaming

January 29, 2012 at 3:40 pm

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  1. My wife (who received a Kindle from her loving husband on Christmas) recommends checking out your local library. Ours has Kindle books you can check out, including the latest new releases.

    Anonymous

    January 29, 2012 at 3:55 pm

  2. Download calibre – http://calibre-ebook.com/

    You can subscribe to Kindle formatted newsfeeds, dload books from Project Gutenberg, convert epubs (the other major e-book format) to kindle format, and lots of other stuff besides.

    I feel compelled to tell people about calibre whenever I hear they’ve got a Kindle – should probably keep the latest build with me on a USB drive.

    jackryder

    January 29, 2012 at 5:53 pm

  3. Project Gutenberg has free books for Kindle. To find them, use their search engine. Short page on PG’s Kindle books here:

    http://www.gutenberg.org/wiki/Free_Kindle_Books

    Here’s a list of stuff in order of number of downloads:

    http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/search.html/?default_prefix=titles&sort_order=downloads

    Bernard Wingrave

    January 29, 2012 at 6:15 pm

  4. Not a book, but I can’t recommend this enough for library management and conversion:

    http://calibre-ebook.com/

    Anonymous

    January 29, 2012 at 10:12 pm

  5. Project Gutenberg: Australia is my personal favorite. Also, Penn State University’s Electronic Classics site is good. You’ll want to pick up Calibre ebook management software (free) that enables you to readily convert various formats to be Kindle friendly.

    Of course if you’re feeling less scrupulous, there are various sites with legally questionable e-book troves. My experience with these is that they are frequently filled with errors, format issues, etc., plus being reprehensible.

    Ben

    January 29, 2012 at 10:43 pm

  6. BTW, the reason I recommend Gutenberg: Australia over the good old USA one is actually not because of the rich history of Australian literature (if there is one). Apparently copyright laws in Australia are a bit more relaxed, so a great deal of stuff that is illegal to post in the public domain on a US web site is perfectly legal there, making PG:A a happier hunting ground. US publishers have tried to get the extra content taken down on the Australian site, but to no legal avail. So… sitting here in the USA and sending your mischievous browser over to Australia to scarf up free books is a bit of a gray area at the moment.

    Ben

    January 31, 2012 at 12:11 am

  7. Was most of your reading from library books? Because almost all of the stuff I download for my Kindle is slightly cheaper than the paperback equivalent.

    huzonfirst

    January 31, 2012 at 12:16 am

    • Well, I haven’t looked extensively, but all the “Top 100 download” stuff is $12 or so. I’m perfectly willing to pay a few books for a downloaded book, but at those prices I balk.

      taogaming

      January 31, 2012 at 5:19 pm

      • I guess I can see a reluctance to pay as much for a bunch of electrons as for a bound collection of actual pages. But as far as I’m concerned, I’m paying for the words contained within. I don’t care about the delivery system, so I have no problem paying the same price for a downloaded book as for a physical one.

        huzonfirst

        January 31, 2012 at 9:16 pm


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