Those FREE ebooks you want

The most popular posts here at Treated & Released are lists of free ebooks. Publishers, authors, software developers, and mobile device manufacturers offer free ebook downloads to accustom readers to their business models and familiarize them with their brands.

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Photo courtesy of James Tarbotton

At Matthew McClintock’s ManyBooks.net, ebooks are generated on demand in a variety of formats as a public service. McClintock maintains a running count of the most popular formats downloaded by users of the site. PDF currently tops the list.

Websites designed to generate advertising revenue are already beginning to capitalize on the demand for free ebooks by presenting large collections for browsing. Before long, there will be a truly comprehensive free ebook library on the Web.

Meanwhile, here’s one more helping of free ebooks:

FeedBooks
This one-year-old technology company based in Paris, France, developed a universal ebook platform and offers free out-of-copyright ebooks and short stories on its nicely organized site.

Zinio
This digital publisher offers a bookshelf of 100 free classics, as well as free digital magazine samples in exchange for your online registration, but its best bet is its digital textbook division.

We Tell Stories
Six Penguin authors took part in an experiment with the creative delivery of digital fiction.

Poet’s Press & Grim Reaper Ebooks
Because it prints only limited editions, this private press in Providence, Rhode Island, offers some of its older titles as ebook downloads.

Scott Sigler & Seth Harwood
Sigler, who specializes in science fiction, and Harwood, who writes crime fiction, amassed audiences on the Web by serializing their novels as free podcasts before they appeared in print. Writing for the San Francisco Chronicle last month, Chris Cadelago described how the two authors landed book deals by proving they could attract readers.

Small Beer Press
This independent publisher in Easthampton, Massachusetts, has offered three of its short-story collections as ebooks with Creative Commons licenses.

Smart Pop
BenBella Books, an independent publisher based in Dallas, Texas, includes a few free ebook downloads on the site devoted to its pop-culture titles.

The Yggyssey
Although it won’t be published by Houghton Mifflin until 2009, Daniel Pinkwater’s children’s book is being released on the Web in weekly installments.

DQ Books
These experimental online magazines resemble graphic novels set to music.

Samizdat Press
Hosted by the Colorado School of Mines, this site distributes free ebooks and lecture notes.

Russian Virtual Library
Classical and modern works of Russian literature are made available in electronic format by this service.

Amazon Kindle Guide, Free Ebooks & Resources
A Kindle evangelist links to scores of additional free ebook sources on the Web.

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3 Replies to “Those FREE ebooks you want”

  1. Hey Robin,
    Thanks for including what Scott and I are doing in this discussion. You can also get my novel as a free pdf on manybooks.net and at sethharwood.com/jackwakesup.pdf
    Also, all three of my crime novels are available on my site (sethharwood.com) and at itunes as free podcasts (serialized audio in mp3s).
    Take care,
    Seth

  2. Last week, Scott Sigler was one of the panelists who spoke at BookExpo America on the subject of “Scaling the New Economies: In Search of Book Publishing’s 2.0 Business Model.” Sigler explained to the audience that he serialized his first novel as podcasts in order to demonstrated to a publisher that he could attract sufficient readers to make publishing his books in print format worthwhile.

  3. This is a great list. While I’m not a huge fan of reading longer works on screen, I like having e-books available as handy references. And having electronic samples of books to distribute I think is a great, easy marketing tool.

    And thanks for the post of my poem!

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