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Subject: Non-Amazon, non-B&N sites for ebooks
Date Posted: 12/13/2010 10:41 PM ET
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I'll start this one with my favorite place for public domain ebooks, Many Books dot net. (Not dot com.)

http://manybooks.net/

Date Posted: 12/13/2010 10:46 PM ET
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www.kobobooks.com

Date Posted: 12/13/2010 10:47 PM ET
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For public domain books, some classic, some contemporary authors releasing books without copyright, and all books are by women authors: Girlebooks. 

http://girlebooks.com/

ETA: I should say that not all of the contemporary books are free there, but they're cheap. The classic public domain books are all free and all of the ones I've downloaded have been nicely formatted. 



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Date Posted: 12/13/2010 10:50 PM ET
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For contemporary fiction (and some nonfiction) by independent authors, some free, most cheap, see Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/



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Date Posted: 12/13/2010 10:53 PM ET
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Rhiannon Frater's books on Smashwords are wonderful. I really can't believe she is self published! 

Date Posted: 12/13/2010 10:58 PM ET
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For Christian ebooks, epbub only so no Kindle, there's ChristianBook: http://www.christianbook.com/ebooks/1153016330

Kindle lovers, do not despair. Amazon has been having an amazing number of Christian books free for the last 5-6 months or so. So Kindlers are not left out entirely. 

This site frequently has a freebie at the first of the month, also. 

Date Posted: 12/13/2010 11:02 PM ET
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Colleen, you're right, there are some amazing indies out there. I'd say the drek to treasure ratio is about the same as with the Big 5 publishing companies, and the indies are a lot cheaper. 

Starting to see some B-list authors taking their backlist into their own hands and going through Smashwords, Amazon, or B&N's self-pub programs. The mystery author Louise Penny is one who comes to mind. I bought her backlist from Smashwords at $3 per, and know she's getting the bulk of that money, which feels pretty doggone good. 

Date Posted: 12/13/2010 11:08 PM ET
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Science fiction/fantasy, free, all formats, not a lot but enough at Baen Free Library: http://www.baen.com/library/

Date Posted: 12/13/2010 11:13 PM ET
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Romance lovers, check out eHarlequin. A little higher price than Amazon (I haven't checked the prices at B&N) but you can get the books earlier at this site. http://www.eharlequin.com/

Date Posted: 12/14/2010 8:11 AM ET
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Forgot about this one. Check out the websites or blogs of your favorite authors. They may have giveaways or contests for their backlists or even upcoming novels, free epilogues, or holiday short stories, that kind of thing to download. Sometimes they'll have shorts or novellas that didn't make it past the editors, but they're still wanting people to hear the story and offer it free, unrestricted. 

If you engage in comments on their blog or email them with comments, some will email you things to read. Yesterday I received a chunk (not sure how big yet) of the next book from a young and rising novelist simply because I emailed her with comments and happened to hit her on a down day when she was thinking about abandoning it all to go work at a fast food restaurant. 

So you never know. If you have the time to invest, you can cast your bread upon the waters and later find it with peanut butter and jelly on it. :-) 

Date Posted: 12/14/2010 2:22 PM ET
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you can cast your bread upon the waters and later find it with peanut butter and jelly on it. :-) 

That sounded like a Lester-ism...Did you just channel Lester with that line, Marilyn? (asked with only affection!)

Date Posted: 12/14/2010 3:10 PM ET
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http://sacred-texts.com/ - Sacred/Holy/Occult and various out-of-copyright texts

Date Posted: 12/14/2010 3:34 PM ET
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Feedbooks.com. Lots of public domain books, but also quite a bit of newer, not self-pubbed books with Creative Commons licenses.

ETA:

I'm a HUGE fan of Kelly Link and she has a publishing company, Small Beer Press. A few of their titles are available for free under Creative Commons licenses in multiple, non-DRM formats here. I believe some (all?) of these are also available at Feedbooks.



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Backlist eBooks

Backlist Ebooks is comprised of print-published authors who have re-released out-of-print backlist titles as reasonably priced ebooks.

Date Posted: 12/14/2010 8:37 PM ET
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That sounds right. We all know how much he LOVED BROWNIES.

Date Posted: 12/15/2010 9:52 PM ET
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I just went to Backlist Ebooks and it looks like it is just for Kindle, or at least for now?

Date Posted: 12/15/2010 10:29 PM ET
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My favorite is http://www.allromanceebooks.com/ followed closely by http://www.fictionwise.com/

Date Posted: 1/3/2011 2:55 PM ET
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Will these audiobooks work on the Kindle?

podiobooks.com

LibriVox.com

Date Posted: 1/4/2011 8:56 PM ET
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If you're a romance/erotica reader, check out Ellora's Cave (https://www.jasminejade.com)