View Full Version : How many free ebooks did you download for Read an Ebook Week?


ficbot
03-07-2010, 07:04 PM
I had such fun with the freebies over at Smashwords. I downloaded (slowly---they must be getting a ton of hits!) anything that looked remotely interesting and I plan to go back and tip the authors for the ones I wind up enjoying. I am a little embarrassed to admit how many new books I got!

I was especially pleased to get the two first books in the series by Connie Shelton, they looked interesting before but she never had any of it for sample so I ignored. Now, I can try them out! There was also an anthology called 'Scairy Tales' that looked interesting.

So, how about the rest of you, how many freebies have you downloaded? Any you are particularly looking forward to?

neilmarr
03-08-2010, 05:16 AM
Not downloaded any yet, Ficbot, but my own wee indie publishing house had 200 downloads of our titles in the first 24 hours ... an impressive number voluntarily paid for. This week of all weeks, our own website is down for reconstruction, so we're working through Smashwords this year (see my sig below). As you say, the SW site seems very sluggish just now. It's probably down to a huge and sudden increase in traffic. Cheers. Neil

FlorenceArt
03-08-2010, 05:48 AM
None. I'm getting a bit tired of free downloads and would like to go back to choosing my own reads :) Besides, I am in a re-reading period and haven't bought anything new lately, and what I bought before that I haven't read yet.

SimonSays
03-08-2010, 12:04 PM
A few from Smashwords and a couple from links authors have posted here, but not much else. Seems many of the participating partners listed really aren't offering anything they say they are (discount or free books) I tried all the links from http://www.ebookweek.com/partners.html and it isn't easy navigating many of the sites to even find what they have offered for the week or when you do find it, it doesnt match discount price offered.

One site in particular, http://www.thecircleoffriends.net/, has not offered the "free book" listed which I had been very interested in getting. I have been telling my niece she could borrow my reader for a few days to see if she liked it enough to buy and I thought that book would be a great read for her

Also, these sites: http://www.rosedogbookstore.com/ , http://redleadbooks.com/ , & http://www.dorrancebookstore.com/ want a lot of info (name, address, phone number) and then end up giving books such as Property Owner's Sewer and Drain Guide :rolleyes: You do not get any info on what free books they are offering, no title or subject, nothing, until you give them your name, address, phone number and email address

lilac_jive
03-08-2010, 12:06 PM
I haven't downloaded any yet, but I plan to. So many to choose from!

dsvick
03-08-2010, 12:37 PM
One so far, but I'm just getting started :)

Seriously though, I plan on at least trying to keep it to 10 or less, I have so many books in the queue that I could stop adding new ones now and still end up 9 months of reading to do.

banjobama
03-08-2010, 12:40 PM
I can't help myself. I answered based on my estimation of how many ebooks I might still download this week. Yikes.

texasnightowl
03-08-2010, 12:55 PM
I downloaded 23 today from Smashwords...some from the regular Free list and some from the RFREE list. I chose 26-50 in the poll since I'm sure I'll grab a few more before the week is out.

theducks
03-08-2010, 01:25 PM
I answered NO because any book I did download was not because of "E-book week".
Baen, Suvdu, feedbooks, PG have felt my presence :)

Nakor
03-08-2010, 08:14 PM
I downloaded 23 today from Smashwords...some from the regular Free list and some from the RFREE list. I chose 26-50 in the poll since I'm sure I'll grab a few more before the week is out.

Same, 22 for me now, and I've only checked Smashwords so far. It'll take me forever to get through them though lol.

Sydney's Mom
03-08-2010, 10:17 PM
None. I'm getting a bit tired of free downloads and would like to go back to choosing my own reads :) Besides, I am in a re-reading period and haven't bought anything new lately, and what I bought before that I haven't read yet.

I'm with FlorenceArt - once my TBR list reached ridiculous proportions, I too have decided no more free downloads. I might download an occassional freebe from Amazon, but I haven't read Under the Dome, for heaven's sake!

PDS
03-08-2010, 10:48 PM
8 so far, but there could be more to add to my never ending list of reading material!

Dawn

Patricia
03-08-2010, 11:54 PM
None so far, but I've uploaded some titles to the MR library.

brecklundin
03-09-2010, 01:13 AM
did not know so nope did not d/l....BUT knowing likely would not have altered the fact I did not d/l anything. I already have a solid 3-4yr backlog of titles to read between buying during the big Fictionwise sale, buying oodles from Baen/Webscriptions just because, Baen's free catalog, free d/l's from Amazon for titles which look interesting as well as other sources at last count I had just under 500 titles to read. Now some are simple and very casual interest which I will never read, but most are titles I fully want to read.

Elfwreck
03-09-2010, 01:28 AM
Only a handful. Nothing from sites that require registration to download freebies, unless I've already got an account with them. I may hit Smashwords for some of those, but I've found I won't get around to reading them unless they *really* seem appealing, or someone who knows me recommends a title to me.

I'm getting a lot more selective about my ebook reading.

GA Russell
03-09-2010, 02:02 AM
I've downloaded eight so far from MR, but that includes three omnibuses.

I'll get back to you at the end of the week!

frank.w
03-10-2010, 08:46 AM
Not so much 'downloaded' as collecting. My Kindle came with 2 DVD's full of free stuff - 15,000 titles on one, 17,100 on the second. All public domain stuff. I'm in the process now of uploading most of them (probably leave out the Erotic Fiction - sorry) to my "SkyDrive" site and I'll post the URL when it's ready. -- Truely, more than you can shake a stick at.
- Frank

Marcy
03-10-2010, 10:57 AM
Well I haven't actually downloaded anything, but I went through Smashwords and "bought" almost all the books that were being offered for free, except for a few that I knew I'd never be interested in.

I figure I can just leave them in my Smashwords library and go through them at my leisure. it doesn't hurt to have them available there.

-Marcy

Tattncat
03-10-2010, 01:40 PM
Just a guess 11-25 (didn't keep count)

JSWolf
03-10-2010, 01:44 PM
I do think the eBook Week website can do a better job of listing the free eBooks. Some of the links just take us to the site (such as BooksOnBoard) and leaves us to flounder around trying to find them.

dreams
03-10-2010, 04:59 PM
I'm a big supporter of indie authors, but I've become much more selective in what I download to read.

If the book has been read and mentioned by members, I'll check it out. Of course, if I have read other books by the same author (and liked them), I'll get more by the same author.

I don't check reviews on Amazon, instead, I check for independent bloggers reviewing the books. I look for at least 3 to 5 reviews on different sites, before making a decision to buy.

fugazied
03-10-2010, 05:31 PM
More than 50! Wow!

Personally I read 1 hehe. There are only so many hours in the day.

Moejoe
03-10-2010, 05:35 PM
Zero. I'm afraid I reached saturation point months ago with free books (most of which I deleted after realising I'll never read them).

lene1949
03-11-2010, 04:14 AM
Just a handful... I only download, what I want to read... :eek: I think..

neilmarr
03-11-2010, 09:59 AM
Ebooks don't go off, though, Lene. And they don't take up shelf space. Why not take advantage of this week's offers and stock up your library for later? Cheers. Neil

despgreene
03-12-2010, 09:40 PM
I had such fun with the freebies over at Smashwords. I downloaded (slowly---they must be getting a ton of hits!) anything that looked remotely interesting and I plan to go back and tip the authors for the ones I wind up enjoying. I am a little embarrassed to admit how many new books I got!

I was especially pleased to get the two first books in the series by Connie Shelton, they looked interesting before but she never had any of it for sample so I ignored. Now, I can try them out! There was also an anthology called 'Scairy Tales' that looked interesting.

So, how about the rest of you, how many freebies have you downloaded? Any you are particularly looking forward to?

Are you one of the one hundred and fifty who downloaded my books ??

www.smashwords.com/profile/view/desgreene:chinscratch:

despgreene
03-12-2010, 09:43 PM
I'm a big supporter of indie authors, but I've become much more selective in what I download to read.

If the book has been read and mentioned by members, I'll check it out. Of course, if I have read other books by the same author (and liked them), I'll get more by the same author.

I don't check reviews on Amazon, instead, I check for independent bloggers reviewing the books. I look for at least 3 to 5 reviews on different sites, before making a decision to buy.

If you only rely on previous reviews then the ebook you may best like may escape you....:smack:

Bremen Cole
03-12-2010, 09:52 PM
None.... In general for me, I find that the free stuff is impulse, and I seldom actually read it. Most of it for me is just not that interesting, and with limited time I would rather read what I actually want to read.... and I have a ton of books to read... love those ebooks :)

ficbot
03-12-2010, 10:17 PM
Are you one of the one hundred and fifty who downloaded my books ??

Maybe. I can't get into Smashwords to see the link you provided. I guess they are still overwhelmed from the interest.

I did download a lot of stuff. I have already deleted three of them because I read the first few pages and was not impressed. One, I am reading now and it's pretty good. Not 'best book ever' maybe, but pretty good. It's about Pompeii.

tech_au
03-13-2010, 12:52 AM
I didn't download any as I have too many to read already :) Around 180 on my reader at present.

CFarrell
03-13-2010, 06:14 AM
Around 30 - :o

I plan on reading them all, eventually!

neilmarr
03-13-2010, 06:49 AM
Well, it all wraps up at midnight Sat 13, so this is the last chance for REBW specials. Mind you, that's midnight Pacific time. Because of time zone differences, readers in the UK have until Sunday breakfast and readers in Australia until after Sunday lunch. Cheers. Neil

GA Russell
03-13-2010, 12:52 PM
I downloaded a total of 25 items: 16 from MR (including 8 omnibuses), 7 from Smashwords and 2 from Feedbooks.

One was a short story. I figure the omnibuses average 6 books each. So without going over each to calculate the total, I figure I downloaded 64 books.

I doubt that I will read every book of every omnibus, but I'm confident that I'll read at least the first each, and therefore at least 25 of the total.

luvshihtzu
03-13-2010, 07:34 PM
I hate to admit it, but of all the free ebooks I downloaded last spring during ebook week, I only read one. Another one that I started, I deleted after a few pages. Doubt I will download any this time around.