|07-17-2010, 12:56 PM||#1|
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Near Philadelphia Pa.
Device: nook ipad
Bought a nook today, told how to search free books at B & N
The sales clerk tried to do a search of the B & N site for free books and came up with nothing.
Another rep told the clerk to use $0.00 instead of 0.00 and sure enough that worked. I just tried it at home and it returned 956,012 free books on their site.
|07-17-2010, 10:39 PM||#3|
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Southeastern Wisconsin
Device: Sony Reader PRS-500 (x's 2), PRS-505, PRS-600, iPhone, iPad
Don't be fooled by this... a lot of the titles are excerpts and partial books, not complete novels. Just sayin'...
|07-17-2010, 10:49 PM||#4|
Join Date: Feb 2010
Also, most of those "free" books are DRM-restricted.
If you want really free books (all of them gratis and most of them libre), here's my standard cut-and-paste list, which I really need to park somewhere and link from my .sig or something:
Right here on MobileRead is a good start -- the ebooks are built by hand by MobileRead members, and in my opinion they have the best formatting. There are a lot of other good ebook sites out there. Here's my personal free ebook source list:
MobileRead - best formatting, limited selection (hand-built by MobileRead members)
ManyBooks - PG scraper, but sometimes has books from other sources, good formatting
Feedbooks - mostly scrapes PG, improves formatting
Project Gutenberg - the granddaddy of them all, phenomenal selection
Munseys - painful to use, but has books nobody else does
the Internet Archive - generally only the scans are readable
Google Books - most of the time, what's good isn't free, and what's free isn't good
Baen Free Library - amazing selection; also, they will tempt you into buying books
5th Imperium - Baen CD collections
Search: Inkmesh. Sadly, it's not a very comprehensive search engine, at least when it comes to free ebooks - it misses a lot of them - but as far as I know, it's the only ebook-specific one out there.
If you're using free ebooks, it's only right to give something back: proofread a page a day at the Distributed Proofreading Project.
I almost forgot: get calibre. Its support forum is a few boards down from here.
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