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Date Posted: 4/29/2011 8:14 PM ET
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I'm new with the Kindle.  I've downloaded a few books but what sites are good for freebies?  Also, are most sites the same with prices?  AND......what format do I need (I've noticed on some sites it lists formats)?????

Date Posted: 4/29/2011 8:16 PM ET
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I'm not into romance or sci fi.  Didn't know if I needed to include that info but there it is.  Thanks so much

Date Posted: 4/29/2011 8:43 PM ET
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This is my favorite site to check.

Date Posted: 4/29/2011 9:00 PM ET
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Also you want to download either mobi or pdf for your kindle.   Amazon can convert pdf, text, html files. Just email it to your kindle and put "convert" in the subject line (if you have wifi).   Kindle can read pdf as is, but its not as nice.

Date Posted: 4/29/2011 9:46 PM ET
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If mobi is not available, you can also download .prc  The Kindle can read that without conversion.

Date Posted: 4/29/2011 9:56 PM ET
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Inkmesh also keeps track of freebies and you can sort by format.

There's a free program called Calibre at .... Here.

As long as the ebook isn't DRM protected, (You have to have your password on your device to open the book. Most Kindle books will have DRM if they're from Amazon.) you can take various formats and change them to the format that fits your reader. I use it to convert Fanfic off the internet (by use of a story grabber called "Graffer") in HTML format and put them on my Sony in Epub format.

Also, many places will say they have book in Kindle format. So check for that format when looking over what they offer.

There are sites where you can "borrow" a Kindle book for two weeks. But some sites will limit your borrowing if you don't put any of your own up to share. You can check a book at Amazon to see if it's listed as "Lendable" in the details. If it doesn't say lendable, it's not.

As to pricing, for the Agency Five publishers, (now numbering 6) the publisher sets the prices and the book stores aren't allowed to discount, give out coupons, or otherwise mess with the price of an eBook. That happened last year. (Spearheaded by Steve Jobs, head of Apple) Indie (Independant) publishers can set their own prices and be very competitive.

Always check your favorite author's web pages, as some will offer freebies, or at least let you know where they're stuff is being sold. And most ebook stores will have freebies.

For books in the Public Domain, those old enough that they can be shared freely, you can go to The Gutenberg Project and download some of the great classics for free, in various formats including audio.

But you can keep an eye on the various Kindle threads here that list free ebooks. But you want to keep up, because it may be free one day and not the next.


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Date Posted: 5/25/2011 5:23 PM ET
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I like to check out



for free and low cost kindle books.