Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Free Kindle books - a few, mostly temporary + low-cost ones - 5/17/11 - UPDATE2

These don't include previews or a few chapters only and are usually informational books that may be lost in all the larger listings you can see in the links-box below.  Under-$1 ebooks are included if they seem unusually interesting (to me).

Moon USA Travel Planner, by Moon's Handbook, 2 customer reviews, 3.5 stars

This is actually less a planner, from what one customer review said, than a way to become somewhat acquainted with various U.S. travel destinations in a less than methodic way as far as actual travel-planning goes.  Because it includes many maps and pictures, the size is about 50 times larger than your average novel (normally only text). Since it's new and currently free, and is informational I'm listing it (and getting it because I know so little about vacation spots in the U.S.

From the Product Description: "Moon USA Travel Planner is a sampler of top travel destinations in the U.S.  Excerpted from Moon’s Handbooks series, this eBook offers information on vacation spots ranging from Washington’s San Juan Islands to Florida’s Gulf Coast. Rather than providing in-depth coverage on just one location, this is a fun-to-browse guide that offers overviews of fifty-two individual cities, states, regions, and national parks and monuments—along with a trip-planning section, suggested itineraries, maps, and photos for each one..."

Stories of Ships and the Sea , by Jack London, no customer reviews

This is $7.99 in print form but published in Kindle format in 2008 with no reviews so far.  Nice cover, and it's a TINY collection of 5 stories filling only 48 pages, so it might make up for the huge entry above :-)  It's the #2 Kindle book in "Men's Adventure" so this would be for the guys or for those who might want to understand this type of guy ;-)  Well known collection.

There's a 99-cent version
published by Bound Classics which promises illustrations where possible, editing by hand, and always a linked table of contents, and it's twice the size, which is still small.

Rex: A Mother, Her Autistic Child, and the Music that Transformed Their Lives, by Cathleen Lewis, 67 customer reviews, 5 stars - $0.71

From the Product Description: "How can an 11-year old boy hear a Mozart fantasy for the first time and play it back note-for-note perfectly-but struggle to navigate the familiar surroundings of his own home?"

"Highly recommended for all public libraries and academic libraries with autism and special needs collections." -- Library Journal, 11/25/2008

"The remarkable story of a mother's love and a child's indomitable spirit, told in a writer's style that riveted me to the page, is singularly the most important work ever written on the relationship between a parent and a child with disability.  For me, as a person who happens to be blind, the experience of reading Rex was an eye-opener I will never forget..." -- Tom Sullivan, author of Adventures in Darkness and Together

The Super Health Diet - The Last Diet You Will Ever Need!, by KC Craichy, 37 customer reviews, 5 stars, $0.99

With that dangling subtitle, I wouldn't ordinarily trust the book, but reviews are almost entirely positive.

"KC Craichy has written the most remarkable nutrition book of the twenty-firsty century. The reader will gain more information from KC's book than from other nutrition books currently available on Amazon.  This book is a must read for everyone who cares about their nutrition and preventive health." -- Dr. Richard Lippman, M.D., 1996 Nominee for the Nobel Prize in Medicine

eReadUps is run by Will DeLamater, the man behind EduKindle.
  eReadUps staff collects information from articles in the news, lists full sourcing with active links to those sources, and makes versions available for free for Kindle and for ePub e-readers.

...the Hunt for Osama bin Ladin
  "This free eReadUp download covers the operation that led to bin Laden’s death, and the forces behind it.  More to come as the world learns more about this extraordinary event."
  UPDATE - Well, the official story changed drastically after this was put together, so I'm hoping they will update this story very soon.
  UPDATE2 - This eReadUps story has now been updated with latest information.  More info to come.

 A couple of weeks ago, they featured downloads of a set for the Royal Wedding, an event which proved to be of greater than expected interest in the U.S.

For Kindles, you can send these non-Amazon books (called 'personal docs') to your Kindle. See Amazon help for that and maybe also something I wrote on this which I need to simplify eventually.

  With ePub, the default opens the book up in an epub-reader on the computer but you can choose to right-click and "Save Target to" or "Save Link to" your computer and move the books to your ePub reader.

As before, check the below whenever you can:
Temporarily-free books -
- USA: by:
NEW: Last 30+ days  May 2011
   Publication Date   Late-listed
   Bestselling   High-ratings

UK: PubDate   Popular
TIP: Battery-use advice from Amazon
Most Popular Free K-Books
U.S. & Int'l (NOT UK):
   Top 100 free
   Top 100 free
USEFUL for your Kindle (U.S. only, for now):
  99c Notepad,   99c CalendarPro,   99c Converter

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