April 13, 2011

Beyond the Shelf - Free eBooks anyone?

As you might have noticed I am a gal who – despite my love for real, physical books – has a slight addiction to free eBooks downloads. And I have some real good sources which I want to share with you today.

First of all you should definitely subscribe to the Sourcebooks newsletter to be up to date when it comes to all their eBook promotions. Not only will you be able to buy books on sale – like at this week's Civil War's 150th Anniversary Book Sale with selected, bestselling titles for just $1,50 – but you will often have the chance for completely free downloads too.
Just recently I managed to snag a book by Jill Mansell that I had on my wishlist for quite some time already. And I recall that late last year, on Jane Austen's birthday, you had the opportunity to get six of her illustrated books for free, too.
Downloads are available in EPUB and PDF format.

Another website offering eBook promotions from time to time, though not as regularly as Sourcebooks, is Carina Press where you can currently get your virtual hands on a pre-order of the Steampunk novel Photographs & Phantoms (Cindy Spencer Pape) for free.
Books are available in EPUB format, though the first free downloads I got from the site were open PDF format. I can only assume they generally switched to EPUBs now.

Not a website from a publishing house, but an online-store, Christianbook offers a wide range of free eBooks too. You'll find a variety of different books, both non-fiction (Devotionals, Christian Living, ...) and fiction (romance, fantasy, thriller, etc.). New books are regularly added, so check back every once in a while to see whether something new and interesting is up for grabs. On this site most, but not all, books are available worldwide.
Once again, books are available in EPUB format, though a friend recently told me that books that are offered for free on Christianbook are usually at the same time available as Kindle Editions at Amazon too.


  1. I'll have to check out source books later.

  2. Thanks! I hadn't heard of any of these before except Amazon, of course.