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Subject: i am thinking about
Date Posted: 6/16/2011 1:27 PM ET
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getting a kindle but first want to check and see what kind of free ebooks are out there that fit my favorite genre of historical fiction, mainly kings and queens, but also love to read about the great depression and the years surrounding it.  I will not pay 10.00 for an ebook that I could obtain cheaper in hardcopy.  I do not read many of the current best sellers.

any sites you can direct me to just to look to see whats available?

 

Thanks in Advance

Date Posted: 6/16/2011 2:55 PM ET
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Look at Amazon eBooks!  They have a list of the 100 Freebies & it changes alot.  Then Try Inkmesh!  They list freebies all time!  Also by end of yr Libray Lending comming to Kindle! 

Date Posted: 6/16/2011 3:41 PM ET
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I like the blog Books on the Knob for listing Kindle freebies. Amazon is slightly hard to search for freebies. They do not show up in title or author order. Go to Kindle books, select free books, then select limited time promotions. Then select the genre. There are also the older books that are public domain. (Those are the other option, not limited time promotions. That includes books like Jane Austen.)

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Date Posted: 6/16/2011 4:00 PM ET
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Also, keep in mind, you do not have to actually buy a Kindle to get Ebooks.  You can download the Kindle App and read the free ebooks - and/or purchased Ebooks - on your PC, Mac, laptop, smart phone or Ipad.  Same goes for the Barnes & Noble Nook.  I don't own a Kindle either but I keep a stash of free Ebooks on my phone (Android) so I alwayy have something to read at hand.

Date Posted: 6/16/2011 4:36 PM ET
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blog on the knob froze my computer. lol.

so i am trying searches on amazon and hate the search function there, as I cannot narrow down the search to pricing.   i narrow the search all the way to the genre i am interested in. but am stuck with hundreds of pages of books.   I am willing to pay 4.00 (or less) per ebook but i have to scroll page after page after page after page. 

so frustrating.  any hints on narrowing the search my way?

Date Posted: 6/16/2011 9:06 PM ET
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ereaderiq and inkmesh are good sources of free and low cost ebooks. The list both epub and kindle formats.  There is a thread on the HF forum that lists freebies and deals for ebooks.

Date Posted: 6/16/2011 9:16 PM ET
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This is what I did before I bought my ereader.  I started getting ePUB books on the various sites:  B&N, inkmesh.com, smashwords.com, kobo.com, etc.  I watched the freebie threads here for announcements for books I might like.

If you like historical fiction, I would go through the free section at kobo.com.  They have had several kings and queens type historical fiction for free in the past couple of months.

I'm amassed 500+ ebooks on my reader since December.  I did not pay for any.

 

Date Posted: 6/16/2011 11:19 PM ET
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But won't she will be wanting Mobi if she's getting a Kindle? You can download the books before you get the eReader. Then reload them (for Kindle) or side-load them for ePubs.
Date Posted: 6/16/2011 11:34 PM ET
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what's Mobi?

 

Date Posted: 6/17/2011 2:21 AM ET
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I thought  Kindle could do ePUB as well as Mobi? 

Mobi is the book format that Kindle uses.  They are the only ones (that I know of) that use the Mobi format.  Most of the others use ePUB.  Someone can correct me if I am wrong, but I believe Kindle can also read the ePUB format.

Date Posted: 6/17/2011 4:56 AM ET
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but I believe Kindle can also read the ePUB format

unfortunately, it can't.  [i've got a Kindle.]  however, you can convert ePub books to mobi using a program like Calibre as long as they don't have DRM.

i actually prefer to download the ePub version, and then use Calibre to convert to mobi because then i have better control over the way the paragraphs are formatted, and also i can have it add metadata at the front.  i use that to make it contain the info that is usually on the back cover of a book but most publishers don't seem to include in an ebook.  [what, like i don't need a reminder of what the book is about just because i already bought it or even read it???  like my memory is that good.]  it's also good for adding series numbering to the book title, so you can see at a glance which is book 4 or 5 if you've got both.

Date Posted: 6/17/2011 10:07 AM ET
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I have to point out that Ellen is very computer literate and experienced at conversion. I would not recommend starting out doing that. I was not able to figure out which books had DRM until several weeks into loading my eReader. I do use Calibre. It really helps sort out formatting issues.