|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
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.
DRM is to rights management like DDT is to pest management.
Filesystems manage files. Calibre manages books. Let calibre do what it's there for, and don't go peeking up its skirt. It'll slap you. ~ ~ (explanation here)
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