The Mightly Free (e)book thread!

Discussion in 'General Books' started by Overread, Feb 3, 2011.

  1. Overread

    Overread Wolfing it up! Staff Member

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    Yes indeed I thought it was high time that we got a thread like this up and running. There are now masses of ebooks legally free to download and read from fanfics all the way through to time honoured classics to text books and more.
    However many of the archives that store these books don't just store a few with nice reviews (like amazon) they store 1000s in long lists. So I thought one way of working through the mass is to get together and see what we all each find in these archives.


    So Use this place to show up free legal archives of collected works and singular works for ebooks; as well as to make mention of any specific books you'd recomend to others to read

    I'll like the first few that Amazon links to:

    Amazon classics free ebooks: http://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=amb_l..._rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=220353107&pf_rd_i=434020031

    Internet Archive: http://www.archive.org/details/texts

    Open Library http://openlibrary.org/

    Project Gutenberg http://www.gutenberg.org/wiki/Main_Page

    ManyBooks.net http://manybooks.net/

    arthursbookshelf http://arthursbookshelf.com/
    contains a range of books in various formats (ePUB, PDF and mobi)

    Find any good ones in there then post them up - find any more archives or single download points and I'll add them to the list here :)
     
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    http://gutenberg.net.au/ has a lot of Robert E. Howard's stuff, including lots of the Conan and Solomon Kane stories. Unfortunately the selection of formats is extremely limited, but most ebook readers read .txt.

    Howard died in 1936, and his works are now in the public domain virtually everywhere on earth.

    Try some of Howard's Breckinridge Elkins stories. Yes, they're westerns, but they'll have you laughing hard enough to fall off the couch.
     
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    Ahh interesting - not sure if those copyrights will affect any other countries or not, but very interesting resource. Also I've read some of Howards works already - bought a nice big hardback edition of his Completed Conan works, though oddly reading them they felt like they started half way through the story (already king of his country he made by his own hand) so I've got some hidden feeling that either they ordered them oddly or that its not as complete as they state - maybe?

    Still a chance to get a more of his works (even with abit of custom saving and sorting) is a great thing. (most appear on amazon priced from a few pence all the way up into a few pounds per book or collection)
     
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    For most countries, copyright lasts the life of the author plus either 50 or 70 years. A very few countries have longer copyright terms.

    The stories probably appear out of order because they're in the book in the order of original publication. Howard wrote a couple of stories in which Conan was king of Aquilonia before writing any of the earlier ones. The first Conan story "The Phoenix On the Sword" was a rewriting of an unsold King Kull story, "By This Axe I Rule." Howard never bothered with a strict chronology of the Conan tales, just wrote them as they came to him.

    If you buy ebooks it's always wise to read the sample first. Many, many ebooks are self published, and they range from utterly brilliant to complete drivel. Caveat emptor.
     
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    Ahh I see - glad that its the writer rambling about the past he hadn't yet written rather than me missing a few early writings :) I'll have to give the book some renewed attention now (I had let it laps because if I were missing stories I didn't really want to read too many catchup bits in later tales and spoil earlier writings).

    As for ebooks at the moment most I am buying are mostly already out in paper/hardback versions or I'm scooping up the free/classics that I've never really bought and read because a more modern book took my fancy. The self published ebooks I've not looked into, partly because I'm well aware that with 0 cost there will be a lot of trash out there - as well as a few gems of course :)
     
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    Added a new spot :)