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Old 06-21-2011, 06:42 PM   #1
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are you able to find books you want for free?

I'm debating whether to get an ebook at the moment, and being an avid downloader on the net, i was wondering if it's easy to find books you want for free? much like finding a movie online.

Are there any dedicated web sites or private torrent sites dedicated to sharing of ebooks?

'cuz if there are, then a kindle with epub support would make more sense since there are tons of ebooks out on the net in that format, however, if there are not, then i guess i would just have to get every single book from amazon like i do now
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Old 06-21-2011, 06:54 PM   #2
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No one here is going to give you help in finding and downloading copyrighted works, which seems to be what you're asking.

However, there are a ton of resources for legitimately finding free ebooks. This forum has a ton of books, though the champ is probably Project Gutenberg.
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Old 06-21-2011, 07:41 PM   #3
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Old 06-21-2011, 08:17 PM   #4
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Hang a left at that particularly symmetrical IP address (you know the one I mean), and just continue straight as piss until you can barely make out a large structure—the garage where all the maintenance is done on Google's web spiders—off in the distance. Stop immediately. Shuffle forty-two steps to the right, and urinate on the fire hydrant. Your guide will be along shortly to lead you on the final leg of your journey. Your pass-phrase is; "The fat man walks at midnight." Memorize it. You'll know when to use it.

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Old 06-21-2011, 08:29 PM   #5
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Are there any dedicated web sites or private torrent sites dedicated to sharing of ebooks?
Yes, but you won't get details about them here. As mentioned, MR policies don't allow posts/comments with links to sites that actively share copyrighted material without permission of the owners. (Among the people who don't object to such sites, there seems to be a belief that if you can't operate Google on your own, you don't deserve free ebooks.)

However, here at MR there are links to plenty of *legitimate* free ebook sources, like the Baen Library and the Fifth Imperium collection, Project Gutenberg and Feedbooks free original works and Smashwords free ebooks, along with the Patricia Clark Memorial Library here at Mobileread, containing free, legal ebooks carefully hand-formatted by people who care about ebooks. We've also got a freebies & bargains forum that regularly features free promotional ebooks from authors & publishers along with various discounts.

If you love to read, an ereader would give you opportunities to read great books for free for the rest of your life, even without dipping into private filesharing sites. (And nobody's going to stop you from trying to find those; you just can't do it here.)
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Old 06-21-2011, 08:36 PM   #6
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+5 on this.

Best stay away from this topic.
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Old 06-21-2011, 09:12 PM   #7
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(Among the people who don't object to such sites, there seems to be a belief that if you can't operate Google on your own, you don't deserve free ebooks.)
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Old 06-21-2011, 10:01 PM   #8
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you wont be finding private (exclusive) type sites through google.
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Old 06-22-2011, 07:11 AM   #9
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Yes. Membership in 4 public libraries.

Try your local library for ebooks.
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Old 06-22-2011, 07:42 AM   #10
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beyond what others have already pointed out (very humorous), I need to mention that there is no ePub compatible Kindle currently. If you are under that impression I'd begin with further research into current digital readers and their various options.

Welcome to Mobile Read.

and ps - Library is a great option for free books
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Old 06-22-2011, 10:39 AM   #11
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You've got about 500 years worth of classics in Gutenberg. You possibly won't have time for today's best-sellers for a long while and when you do, you'll probably want to re-read the classics than waste time on our time's fast-junk.
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Old 06-22-2011, 11:28 AM   #12
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You can find some poorly scanned e-books on the darknet. I have tried to back-fill some favorite authors and found it frustrating as paragraphs are run together and wordsaresometimesslammed together.

The Kindle uses .mobi format so if you get a .epub you can convert it with Calibre (a e-boom management software) and then mail it to your Kindle or use a USB cable. But if you want a more open-source reader that supports .epub look into the Nook. It is an android-based e-reader and I think it supports .epub and .pdf as well as others.

Note: My local B&N is having a special presentation of the new Nook and the Nook Color tonight so call your local store to see when their having this event in your area.

If you want Nerd cred - Go to TigerDirect and order the Viewsonic G tablet ($299 - $30 coupon). You have to hunt around but you root it and load ClockWorkMod and a different Android flavor and you basically have a Android version of the iPad. I'm going to lunch today with a friend who loves his. I am bringing a flash drive with a .epub a .pdf and some 720 video files to check it out.

(In case I am not being clear - now you have a internet tablet so you can watch Netflix, download free and leagal epubs, read them, etc.)
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Old 06-22-2011, 11:37 AM   #13
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There are plenty of links here that go to free books of all sorts. Just search the forums.
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Old 06-22-2011, 11:39 AM   #14
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The major bookstores offer lots of free books, I just got two free books by one of my favorite authors legitamately, through B&N. B&N also has monthly spotlights in which the spotlighted author's book is lowered in price. I bought my daughter a Judy Moody book for $1 in May when the author was spotlighted.

I have heard that Amazon has lots of good free books too. There are several blogs by avid readers that help people find free and low price books too. (legal copies, not pirated books).
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One more with legit freebies is Munseys.
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