Friday, January 7, 2011

Free e-books for science fiction lovers!

Now that I have my very own Nook (hooray!), I have been looking around for various places to find e-books.  I have successfully downloaded a book from my library, with a three-week checkout period, and I've also downloaded one of Google's free public domain books.  I have yet to actually purchase a book from Barnes and Noble (I'm sure they love people like me), because as a librarian it rankles me to have to buy a book unless I absolutely must own it for my very own, or if I simply cannot get my hands on it any other way.

I was delighted to discover the Baen Free Library - a site started by writer Eric Flint, whose refreshing view on making works available electronically definitely meshes with my own.  The offerings are limited, true, but I love that the books they make available are often the first in a series.  What a great way to allow people to get a taste of a writer's work - and of course once people are hooked, they will want to read the rest of the books in the series.  Authors who have one or more of their books available for free from this site include Lois McMaster Bujold, Catherine Asaro, Andre Norton, David Weber, Harry Turtledove and, of course Eric Flint.  Selections change periodically, and various formats for download are available - so check it out, sf lovers!

4 comments:

  1. I love the Baen Free Library! I don't know if you've found it yet, but there are also the Baen CDs: http://baencd.thefifthimperium.com/

    My understanding is that these are promotional CDs that were packaged with various books, and have TONS of free e-books on them... they Cryoburn CD has Lois McMaster Bujold's entire Vorkosigan Saga! (Which I have been reading, and loving, and am trying to encourage as many people as possible to read - and hopefully love - too.)

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  2. Fyrefly - I did not know about the CDs - thanks so much for that hot tip! My copy of Cryoburn finally came in to the library last night - woohoo! I saw that CD that was included and was wondering what was on it. Yes, yes - EVERYONE should try the Vorkosigan Saga! Best. Ever. Miles...sigh. :p

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  3. The Cryoburn CD doesn't have Memory which I thought was an odd one to leave out.

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  4. Mervih - I've just been transferring the e-books from the CD onto my Nook - and what with the omnibus confusion, I hadn't realized there is no Memory here. That's too bad - it's one of my favorites! I wonder why they left it out?

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