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Free Books: 100 Legal Sites to Download Literature

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Amazon, Google, B&N and Apple all offer free eBooks in their stores, but there are lots of other sites to find free e-books.  No registration is required to download free e-books on the sites that JustEnglish.me compiled, it’s a great list of webpages for your convenience.  It contains among others a wide range from classics, who’s copyright expired, all the way to mysteries and even textbooks for students:

  • Classics: Browse works by Mark Twain, Joseph Conrad and other famous authors
  • Featured books about celebrities, movies, fashion and more
  • Mystery books from Sherlock Holmes to more contemporary authors
  • Refresh your memory of world history, the classics and U.S. history
  • Download books in a foreign language like French, Spanish and even Romanian
  • Websites that boast collections of graphic novels, romance novels, fantasy books and more
  • From Shakespeare to George Bernard Shaw to more contemporary playwrights, visit these sites
  • Textbooks: If you don’t absolutely need to pay for your textbooks, save yourself a few hundred dollars by reviewing these sites.
  • Even children’s books are now available online. Find illustrated books, chapter books and more

For even more free book sites, check out this list:
http://justenglish.me/2012/09/01/free-books-100-legal-sites-to-download-literature/

… and if you like to listen to audio-books get some of them for free here:  http://www.librophile.com/#!/ebooks/popular/free

Where do YOU download free e-books?

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Posted by on February 2, 2014 in e-Books, eReaders, Free Books Amazon

 

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MERRY CHRISTMAS – One More Gift

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Santa seems to be relaxing after his busy job… 

And I hope you can relax too and enjoy the Christmas Holidays.

Here is another little Christmas gift for you:  A FREE e-book on Amazon:

111 Tips to Create Your Book Trailer

Amazon.com/dp/B008Y15YYO

Are you an author who had video-taped interviews, or has already a book trailer? Business owners and professionals who include videos in marketing campaigns: Get this FREE e-book to have an abundance of links to video sharing sites, helping you to get your message out. Videos, aka “book trailers” are one of the best ways to introduce your book to millions of readers worldwide.

Using this valuable guide book, you

  • learn how to plan, create and most important:
  • market your video, step for step explained in this new e-book.
  • Over 100 useful links help readers to find free photographs and graphics,
  • free music and top websites where you can upload your video and let it go viral.

You might have seen many movie trailers, but did you know that book trailers have the same success rate and that they have the potential to go viral? Video content in web pages / emails almost doubles visitor rates!!! You don’t need a Kindle to read “111 Tips to Create Your Book Trailer”, just download the free Kindle app for your computer/laptop or your phone!
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111 Tips to Create Your Book Trailer  is FREE from December 25 – 29

Tell all your friends, and use the tiny SHARE but below to tweet it or send to Pinterest, Google+,

Facebook, Tumblr or StumbleUpon – what ever social media you are on  T H A N K S

Maybe you even write a REVIEW ?  Who knows…

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E-book Nation: Did You Know?

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I just found very interesting stats for authors, publishers and readers at OnlineUniversities.com. They published an appealing and creative info-graphic how e-books are bought, used and how much they are appreciated.  Did you know: 

  • The average e-book reader has read 24 books in the past 12 months, compared to 15 books by a non-e-book-consumer.
  • Ownership of e-book readers doubled almost between December 2011 and January 2012 – in just one month!
  • 30% of those who read e-content say they now spend more time reading.

Find out more on this attractive info-graphic:
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Brought to you by: OnlineUniversities.com

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Perils of e-Book Publishing


Our annual Christmas letter to family and old friends had big news wrapped inside the good wishes. “Ho, ho, ho, Margaret is entering the revolutionary post-Gutenberg world by publishing an e-book!”

Margaret Kell Virany

Margaret Kell Virany

They all knew my parents’ romantic story and had lavished praise on the print version. I couched this as a genuine seasonal message but must confess visions of five stars beside my title in the sales catalog were dancing on a hidden agenda inside my head!

My connections are not pushovers; they are mostly hardy, elderly folks, not intimidated by Amazons and they expect to get into heaven without a password. Still, I needed to line up reviewers even before my book was published so I made a polite suggestion and gave simple instructions on ‘how to submit a review to Amazon’ in a straightforward way.

Two months later my book is in the hands of 4,593 readers who likely made their final decision after they saw the 4+ star ratings. The Internet-savvy on my list (a niece, a second cousin-in-law once removed, a new friend and the 85-year old Wilderness Wanderer) immediately submitted five-star reviews.  Several octogenarian college friends, one of them almost blind, struggled or got help but managed to do me this favor.

  • R. called himself Accountant’s Vision, in case he made typos.
  • J-M invites her unemployed engineer son-in-law for breakfast every morning and is still hoping this will lead to a review-writing moment.
  • B. said she was glad she had friends who were keeping up with the Internet and thanked me for nudging her into the e-book era.
  • J. is so proud of her new skill she’s eager to do it again.

A Christmas letter requesting reviews may be a little out of order, but my friends who used it as a chance to update their brains found some joy.


Guest post by author Margaret Kell Virany
see her books at:
www.amazon.com/author/margaretvirany

or here:
www.margaretvirany.com

 

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Should an Author Go With Amazon’s KDP Select Program?

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An author-friends’ success while on KPD Select encouraged me to write this post – and also when I red a very critical blog on Google+ that questioned the exclusivity rule. My thoughts:

Why not use the KDP program for the first three months – a time when new books are selling slowly anyway?

  • KDP Select is only for 90 days, after that you can do whatever you want with your book.
  • You can distribute your book in physical format, or in any format other than digital to wherever you want. The exclusivity is only for your e-book.
  • Your ranking at Amazon will improve immensely – that’s for sure. Think: “customer who bought this book also bought…”
  • You are actually paid if your book is lent buy readers. This can be more lucrative as if you sell it regularly, provided you have a low-priced book.
  • You certainly can up-load your book to Apple after the 90 days – by yourself. It is paperwork yes, and not easy at first, but from the second ebook on you will be fine.

Even J.A. Konrath, a very critical and outspoken writer, used it as a way of promotion – after he wrote a condemning article against it first.

During these three months, you can do a lot of things to promote your book, such as listing your book at Bowker, get an ISBN number, improve your authors’ website and have friends and customers help to spruce up your success on Amazon.

Here are some tips to boost your book sales:

https://savvybookwriters.wordpress.com/2011/10/31/amazon-marketing

https://savvybookwriters.wordpress.com/2011/08/31/important-expose-your-book-to-the-world

https://savvybookwriters.wordpress.com/2011/08/22/your-e-book-on-flickr

https://savvybookwriters.wordpress.com/2011/10/17/9-ways-to-support-your-favorite-author

https://savvybookwriters.wordpress.com/2012/01/08/how-can-you-maximize-your-success-on-amazon/

Selling on Amazon gives you the full royalty, while selling through an aggregator (who loads up your book to other online retailers) cuts your royalty!  Strangely no one talks about this… If your book becomes a success, you can loose a lot.  I personally would never use an aggregator for my e-books, and selling books on Sony and Diesel seems not to be very lucrative, their sales numbers are negotiable compared to Amazon.

And if you really want to go with an aggregator after the 90 days: http://www.ebookit.com has much better conditions and it is easier to work with them than with others.

Please, let me know about YOUR own KDP Select experience.

 

 

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