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Subject: Wowio
Date Posted: 8/19/2011 11:28 AM ET
Member Since: 8/28/2008
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I was reading in the Barnes & Noble website about Wowio which is an ebook seller.  Appartently they have lots of free books in different formats including lots of comic books.  I haven't tried it but below is what the person on B&N says:

"Just wanted to share with everyone my latest find:

wowio.com is an ebook seller that always features some "sponsored" freebies.

Right now, DirectTV has sponsored some 4542 free books!  Yes, you read that right - 4542!  Just click the "FreeEBooks" link at the top of their page.

The books range from public domain classics, self published novels, small press books, and comics - lots and lots of comics. They are in PDF format.  FYI - the comics probably won't do too well on the e-ink Nooks, but I have some on my Nook Color, and they look good - although you might have to squint a bit at some of the smaller text.

The offer says you can get one free book, but it lets you pick any or all of them.  I've downloaded about 100 so far.

A few "caveats" - you have to create a wowio account (so far, they haven't spammed me with email, and I created my account a year ago), and the sponsored books are slow to download - mainly because they get generated on the fly, as they "brand" the e-book with a sponsor's advertising page at the beginning and a "This ebook licensed to <your name>..." message at the bottom of the title page.  Additionally (at least on my Nook Color) the cover art doesn't come across when you side load them - they show up as plain grey boxes on your shelves.

You will need to download them on a computer and then side load them.

Have fun!"

These are the formats that wowio seems to sell:

I haven't bought or downloaded anything from them so I don't know anything more.
Date Posted: 8/21/2011 8:46 PM ET
Member Since: 8/15/2007
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I signed up and downloaded a bunch of horror comics, as well as a few novels.  They are featuring Soft Skull Press right now, so I was able to get a couple of Lydia Millet books for free.  Thanks for the info!