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Old 07-17-2010, 12:56 PM   #1
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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.
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Old 07-17-2010, 01:00 PM   #2
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Don't be fooled by this... a lot of the titles are excerpts and partial books, not complete novels. Just sayin'...
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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:

Public Domain

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

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, 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.

P.S.

I almost forgot: get calibre. Its support forum is a few boards down from here.
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Open Library - opt "only show e-books" does a lot - and is growing fast.

More than a page? check FreeLiterature.
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