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Old 05-21-2010, 10:18 AM   #1
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Just Got A Kindle, Next Steps?

Having just bought my mum a kindle im looking for my first steps.

Research on these forums have shown me the marvels of the public domain, and i know a user here has created a great site (1001). so i will browse that for sure and try and fill out all the free classics i can get my hands on.

basically im lookign for more suggestions of free and cheap, high quality books, mostly fiction. also any recommendations where i can get good value sci-fi and fantasy books? as i want to get my real life book colllection in e-book form as cheaply as possible. (again for my mum, so i can take my books with me )

please bear in mind i will be based in the UK so i know sites like fiction wise dont play too well with me. however i have succeeded in getting the amazon store working for me without any surcharge. and indeed will stick to only usb delivery from now on just in case too.

so basically, guides, links to good shops, and links to great free rescources etc. would be a massive help. and i promise this will be my final "help" topic

hope you guys can help

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Old 05-21-2010, 10:32 AM   #2
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A great source for quality titles if you like sci-fi (in tons of formats) with no DRM is http://www.webscription.net/ while there be sure to check out the free library http://www.webscription.net/c-1-free-library.aspx
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Old 05-21-2010, 10:38 AM   #3
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http://www.bookdepository.co.uk/free
http://www.gutenberg.org/wiki/Main_Page
http://www.getfreeebooks.com/
http://manybooks.net/
http://www.baen.com/
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Old 05-21-2010, 10:41 AM   #4
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Let us know if you find any good ones in your search; good luck!

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Old 05-21-2010, 10:59 AM   #5
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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:

Public Domain

MobileRead - best formatting, limited selection

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
(note: if you have not seen Google's logo today, GO LOOK. It's playable.

Free non-PD

Baen Free Library - amazing selection; also, they will tempt you into buying books

5th Imperium - Baen CD collections

Other Things

Search: Inkmesh. Sadly, it's not a very comprehensive search engine - it misses a lot - 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.

P.S.

I almost forgot: get calibre. Its support forum is a few boards down from here.

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Old 05-21-2010, 11:44 AM   #7
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(note: if you have not seen Google's logo today, GO LOOK. It's playable.
LOL, been a long time since I played that.
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LOL, been a long time since I played that.
Very cool. Even works on the iPad.
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Old 05-21-2010, 12:59 PM   #9
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The mobileread wiki page has lots of links for free e-books:
http://wiki.mobileread.com/wiki/Free_eBooks
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Old 05-21-2010, 10:07 PM   #10
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thansk guys, this looks all great,

and i have messed around wityh calibre before, will defintily use it as my main software, so i can feel confident i can convert and (simply) format whatever books i get my hand on.
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Having just bought my mum a kindle im looking for my first steps.

Research on these forums have shown me the marvels of the public domain, and i know a user here has created a great site (1001). so i will browse that for sure and try and fill out all the free classics i can get my hands on.

basically im lookign for more suggestions of free and cheap, high quality books, mostly fiction. also any recommendations where i can get good value sci-fi and fantasy books? as i want to get my real life book colllection in e-book form as cheaply as possible. (again for my mum, so i can take my books with me )

please bear in mind i will be based in the UK so i know sites like fiction wise dont play too well with me. however i have succeeded in getting the amazon store working for me without any surcharge. and indeed will stick to only usb delivery from now on just in case too.

so basically, guides, links to good shops, and links to great free rescources etc. would be a massive help. and i promise this will be my final "help" topic

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Old 05-22-2010, 04:26 AM   #12
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thansk guys, this looks all great,

and i have messed around wityh calibre before, will defintily use it as my main software, so i can feel confident i can convert and (simply) format whatever books i get my hand on.

More specifically :-

http://freesfonline.de
http://freesf.blogspot.com

Will link you to humongous amounts of stuff.
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Old 05-22-2010, 09:52 AM   #13
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thanks, i love this community .

dont mean to be annoying, but any good free/cheap fantasy sites as well :P
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Check Baen. They have a fair amount of fantasy mixed in with the SF in the Baen Free Library, and Webscriptions has a lot of fantasy at below-paperback prices. I'm not going there to get you the exact URL -- last time I did that, I came back with two more ebooks, and I haven't read them yet.
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Haha no problem. Thanks a lot
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