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I got a Kindle for Christmas. (Thanks, Mom and Dad!) It’s absolutely wonderful. The screen, the size, the weight (or lack thereof), the interface, all are great. It’s way better than an iPad, and I’m a MacBoy. Plus, the whole E-Ink display is amazing (who knew it uses actual ink? – read about it here).
When I opened it up, I noticed it came pre-loaded with several works, like Aesop’s Fables, The Art of War, Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Alice in Wonderland, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and about 20 others. I was happy about that, but not nearly as happy as I was to find that there are probably HUNDREDS of free classic works available at the Kindle Store just waiting for me to download them. *Glee*
The Bible (various versions)? Free.
The Works of Shakespeare? Free.
George Muller’s autobiography? Free.
The Velveteen Rabbit? Free.
Classic fairy tales, myths, and folk stories? Free.
Works of puritan pastors and church reformers? Free.
Cookbooks for all kinds of occassions? Free.
The Hound of the Baskervilles? Free.
Now, if you haven’t been bestowed with a Kindle of your own, you CAN STILL access all these free books from Amazon.com. Simply download Kindle for PC or Kindle for Mac (or iPhone, android, or any of that nonsense you please). They’re free to download. You will need an Amazon.com account, but you probably already have one.
Now, mind you, I’m not a huge fan of Amazon as a company, and I don’t want this post to be considered a corporate endorsement of Kindle or anything like that. But I love free books, and my guess is you do too. I just thought you’d like to know they’re out there 🙂
Of course, Kindle isn’t the only place for free eBooks. I’m also a big fan of Project Gutenberg, which has a huge collection of public domain works you can download for free, including some of the finest literature ever written, like Les Miserables, and My Man Jeeves.
If you know of a great place to find free books online, tell us in the comments! Right now I’m in the middle of George Muller’s autobiography, and I absolutely love it.
By Scott and Kris Wightman
Are you looking at college, and worrying about the price tag, the spiritual condition of your kids, the distance from home, or other significant factors? Then you should read this book.
College Without Compromise is a great primer on the myriad of options available to homeschoolers today. It covers questions like “How do I save for college?” and “What’s the best kind of college environment for my child?” It also deals handily with issues like CLEP Tests, College-at-home, “Life-experience credit,” Grad-school options, duel-enrollment, and spiritual development.
Not everything in there will necessarily be relevant for you, but no matter where you are in the college-planning process, you’ll find great advice and food for thought.
Check it out on Amazon!
In honor of Talk Like a Pirate Day (September 19th), we’re asking you send your favorite Pirate jokes to Lyma (at) BrightIdeasPress.com with the subject line “Pirates.” We’ll pick our favorite and award the winner with a $15 gift certificate. (One joke per family please.) We’ll publish them in October on the blog. 🙂
Edit: The winner was Katherine from the UK with: “Why does it take Pirates so long to learn the alphabet? Because they can spend years at C!” Congrats Katherine! You made us laugh.
August 20 – 22! Maggie will be the keynote speaker for the Homeschool Mom’s retreat. What better way to refresh and get energized at the beginning of the school year? Workshops include:
– “When Mama Ain’t Happy . . . “
– 7 Highly Effective Habits of Happy Homeschool Moms
– A Wife’s Priorities: For Women Only, Please
See you there!