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Subject: I caved. I got a reader gadget. Recommend something for me!
Date Posted: 9/10/2009 8:14 PM ET
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Date Posted: 9/10/2009 8:33 PM ET
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I bought and read the e-book version of Surrender by Lora Leigh. The print version of this story was published in a 2-story anthology, Ties That Bind.

I had read a borrowed copy of the anthology a couple of years ago. I definitely wasn't going to pay $50 for it (the going rate). I paid less than $5 for the e-book from Ellora's Cave. That particular title has been re-issued in the Surrender to Fyre anthology

Ellora's Cave has an incredible selection of e-books and frequently has sales on these. With hundreds, if not thousands, of e-book titles, I would imagine they don't farm them out because they would have to pay commissions/fees to whatever e-book site they used... And in that situation, you could expect to always pay the full list price.

Whenever possible, I suggest going to the source. The e-publisher will often offer deals and free bonuses you won't find at an online marketer. Consider the discounts your payment for taking the time to sign up and visit all those sites.

Colleen

Date Posted: 9/10/2009 8:46 PM ET
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Date Posted: 9/10/2009 8:51 PM ET
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I just read 2 Jenny Penn's and 2 Maya Banks...I want a Kindle but don't know whether to do it or not.  Right now I use Microsoft Ereader.  Siren Publishing is where I get Penn and you can link from Bank's website for hers.

Date Posted: 9/10/2009 9:01 PM ET
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Here is a list of eighteen e-Books that Harlequin is giving away for free.

www.eharlequin.com/store.html?cid=1357&cmpid=PADSHAR200904010005

 

Also, check to see if your library has an online program to "borrow" books online throught the Net-Library program. The file doesn't open after the due date back to the library. Just remember to delete the book file.

Date Posted: 9/10/2009 10:39 PM ET
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My library does not connect with Netlibrary anymore. :( They do have access to some nonfiction ebooks, though, so I will see what all they have. I love history so maybe they have some stuff about WWI and WWII. My grandpa was supposed to be on the Arizona when it sank, and my grandma got a telegram saying he'd died in the bombing. But she knew he was alive--and he was.

I forgot all about those free Harlequins! I don't like to read things on my computer screen, so I'm glad to be reminded of those! Thanks. :) Now I can read them on the couch with my new gadget. I do adore new gadgets.

I did find the link to Maya Banks' books from her web site. That is when I realized that nearly every author I like uses some different publisher. LOL

Date Posted: 9/10/2009 10:56 PM ET
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The Sony book site has several free books on it.  You do have to sign up and download the software, but at last count they had 16-18 free books on there, and they do get updated frequently.

FYI, you can download the Sony software and start building your library before your reader gets to you.  After that it's pretty much just click and drag.

Date Posted: 9/10/2009 11:07 PM ET
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Jenny Penn's website has a couple of free e-reads on it.  They were VERY good.  All you have to do is sign her guestbook and you can download them for free.  So worth it.

Ellora's cave has some free e-books too.  They're all short stories, anywhere from 15-30 pages.

Date Posted: 9/10/2009 11:34 PM ET
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I almost forgot! Your Sony Reader can read the greatest variety of formats and, since it hooks up to your PC, you can store your "keepers" on your own little PC.

You might want to invest $8.95 in a 1-yr subscription to the World Public Library. This site has all the books digitized by Project Gutenberg.

Project Gutenberg began back in the early 90's. Volunteers have converted thousands of public domain books to digital format. More recently, many of those books have been converted to prettier, easier-to-read PDF and reader format files.

Sony does have some of these titles (and those are the ones they make available as their 'free downloads'). You can get all of Jane Austen's books, the Bronte sisters, Louisa May Alcott, etc.

Colleen

Date Posted: 9/11/2009 7:07 AM ET
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I've only ever used eReader and they do have some great bargains, but their books aren't cheap overall.  They claim to be the biggest or whatever.  It's basically Barnes & Noble.

Date Posted: 9/11/2009 11:57 AM ET
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Fictionwise also has a lot of e-books in a variety of genres, and a lot of free short stories. 

Date Posted: 9/11/2009 12:06 PM ET
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Thanks everyone! I found the Project Gutenberg, but the only books there that I like are Sherlock Holmes, and I already own the whole collection. :)

I've found lots of sample things so I can practice making it all work, even. :)  I can't wait. My gadget is supposed to arrive on Tuesday.

Date Posted: 9/11/2009 3:56 PM ET
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I know this is kinda on topic/off topic, but I've been going back and forth on what Ereader I want.  I have a bunch of ebooks on my laptop via Microsoft Reader.  Can these be transferred to an Ereader, and if so which ones?  I've read the stuff on EC, but it's all a little confusing to me.  And Microsoft isn't specifically listed when discussing transferring.  It says some documents can be emailed to a Kindle, but I don't know if mine apply.  Thanks!