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.