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Old 01-29-2009, 12:17 PM   #1
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Thousands of Public Domain ebooks added to the Kindle Store

Okay, I know that you are wondering why I posted that; it's not news. Here is the news:

All of those ebooks are free.

Most of the books appear to be have come from Project Gutenberg. None of the ones I've checked have a table of contents, nor any illustrations.

It's not a big deal, but this is a nice little treat for Kindle owners. Now a Kindle owner has no need to go elsewhere to find public domain ebooks.

Edit: As Moe the Cat pointed out, apparently Amazon simply took the free offerings from Mobipocket and ported them over to the Amazon store.
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Old 01-29-2009, 12:34 PM   #2
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So basically it's good for Amazon's marketing but for the high quality editions you should still come here :-)
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Old 01-29-2009, 01:26 PM   #3
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How do you view the titles they have available? I found a way to do it, but I might be missing something, and a much better way than I am doing it exists.

My method: I went to Amazon selected the Kindle Store from the drop downlist and pressed the GO button. This brought me to their main Kindle Store page, then I selected "Price: Low to High" in the "Sort By" drop downlist. This displayed pages of free books.

I imagine you could also search for specific items. However, I just wanted to browse a list of free books that they were offering. I wasn't looking for a particular title or author.
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Old 01-29-2009, 01:43 PM   #4
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They seem to be the same (or some of the same) public domain ebooks that have been offered for years on the Mobipocket site.
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Old 01-29-2009, 01:53 PM   #5
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They seem to be the same (or some of the same) public domain ebooks that have been offered for years on the Mobipocket site.
Well spotted! They use the same cover dummy. And the creation date displayed on the Mobipocket site is the same as the "publisher" date shown on Amazon.com.

Example: Search for "Portion of Labor" and compare the two.
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Old 01-29-2009, 02:00 PM   #6
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As of a couple of minutes ago the cutoff seems to be HERE

That's 4,335 free books from Amazon. So, Mobileread still offers more books, offers higher quality books, and provides a more convient way of browsing through the books offered.
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Old 01-29-2009, 02:15 PM   #7
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As of a couple of minutes ago the cutoff seems to be HERE

That's 4,335 free books from Amazon. So, Mobileread still offers more books, offers higher quality books, and provides a more convient way of browsing through the books offered.
Don't forget to add "faster response time to formatting and text errors". Hmmm, better just make that "responds to formatting and text errors" since most places don't.
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Don't forget to add "faster response time to formatting and text errors". Hmmm, better just make that "responds to formatting and text errors" since most places don't.
Now do not remind me. I am beavering away at "The Snare" (last chapter got cut off mysteriously)
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Old 01-29-2009, 02:29 PM   #9
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Don't forget to add "faster response time to formatting and text errors". Hmmm, better just make that "responds to formatting and text errors" since most places don't.
Absolutely, good point stxopher.
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Old 01-29-2009, 02:37 PM   #10
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Some eager-beaver member with a good mathematical head on his shoulders, if I remember correctly.


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Beaver that's me, mathematical head is (mth is checking himself) definitely not me!!
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Old 01-29-2009, 06:49 PM   #14
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Amazon have some cheek! Making use of the copyleft movement when it suits them but doing everything they can to lock down large chunks of the public domain (see their attempted patent on "one click purchasing" and fairly locked down platform that is the kindle, charging too much money for editions of books long in the public domain (not the gutenberg stuff I know that's free)).

I hope they are contributing back to Project Gutenberg. I know companies are there to make profit, but there's the right way to do it, and the a**hole way to do it. Sadly, Amazon strikes as an example of the latter. Take take take, never give back.

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How do you view the titles they have available? I found a way to do it, but I might be missing something, and a much better way than I am doing it exists.

My method: I went to Amazon selected the Kindle Store from the drop downlist and pressed the GO button. This brought me to their main Kindle Store page, then I selected "Price: Low to High" in the "Sort By" drop downlist. This displayed pages of free books.

I imagine you could also search for specific items. However, I just wanted to browse a list of free books that they were offering. I wasn't looking for a particular title or author.
There are now 7,370 of these books available. Follow this link (sorted by highest customer review) to the complete list of all Public Domain Books (there is one extra that comes up in the search, a 1.99 offering that you can get free elsewhere) and you can use the categories on the side to help locate those of interest.

Happy downloading!
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