Thanks to my very special and loving Aunt *GRIN* LOVE HER (and not just because of my awesome Christmas Present) I got a KINDLE under my tree this year! (I am totally doing a little dance in my office chair right now! - which was a present from hubby - I know I am so spoiled!) I am in love! I know that I will still be reading plenty of printed copy books, but it is will be very convenient to have the option of eBooks. I sure hope the rumors are true and Amazon will be adding a lending program (like the one the Barnes and Noble Nook uses) so that you can both lend books between friends and borrow from the library. I will be sure to keep you posted on that front. In the mean time I have become privy to a number of ways to make the most of you Kindle (or other eReaders) and I wanted to share them with you. First off, there are thousands of free books out there for your eReaders and all you have to do is know where to look. Here are the places I have found so far:
1. Search the main site just by using the search term "Free eBooks". Both B&N and Amazon actually have huge lists of free books. They are not always the most current or most read titles (although there are a variety of classics, you know those books you always wanted to read, but never got around to - like Little Women- which is available on Amazon for the Kindle at no charge).
2. If you are on Facebook - go to the Inkmesh page and "Like" it. They are constantly listing free eBooks for each platform available and if you like their page you will see their posts on your news feed.
3. Sign up for NetGalley - this is a site where authors and publishers can request viewing of their print or digital books. You find a book you like, send a request for a galley and then wait to hear from them (usually within 24 hours) FYI - some eBooks will charge you to download (via the manufacturerers system) you can avoid this by downloading Adobe Digital Editions, and then instead of having books sent to your Kindle directly, download them to Adobe, covert them and then send them to your eReader free of charge (sounds complicated but it's just a few clicks here and there)
I got a lot of this info from my dear friend and fellow book devotee, SaphireReads over at One Page At A Time! Do you have any tips or tricks on how to make the most of your eReader? I would love to hear about them, so please share. I am also working on a cool meme for eReader Users, so keep an eye out!