17 Replies Latest reply on Apr 17, 2012 7:11 AM by ERyan

    What is your favorite "free" read?

      I'd like to hear from you all,...

        • Re: What is your favorite "free" read?
          The collection of Sherlock Holmes. I've loved those stories since I was a child. And now they are free :smileyhappy:
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            BruceMcF
            Dickens from Project Gutenburg ~ I'm reading A Tale of Two Cities right now. And it gives direct ePub downloads.
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              BFCoughlin

              "The Front Porch Prophet."  Funny, poignant and rich in characters.

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                  ERyan

                  Having just finally gotten around to reading it, and kicking myself for taking so long, I'll add a vote for "The Front Porch Prophet." There are surely classics that are better that you can get for free, but this has so far been my absolute favorite of the "Free Friday" highlights. I took a chance on getting it, because the price was right, and I was pleasantly surprised. Definitely worth a lot more than I paid for it.

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                  mbratch

                  "A Long Way From Euclid" by Constance Reid. I'm an incorrigable Math geek and this book did a great job highlighting key mathmatical threads of thought throught history. The only tough part was that it was clearly scanned using OCR and equations got mangled. But it was free...

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                    bryman

                    I really liked the Free Friday "Napoleon's Pyramids" by William Dietrich.  Very well written and enjoyable.

                     

                    -Bryan

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                        whiteginger

                        Hour of the Hunter by JA Jance--my very first free Friday "purchase" (Sept. 28, 2010).  At that time, I thought my brand new $200 N1E 3G, Wifi (a birthday gift w/quote cover)  was too good to be true--borrowing library books, purchasing books from multiple sources,  stocking my library with free classics, and getting a free book every Friday.

                         

                        I don't know why I put that last statement in past tense--I still think my NOOKs are the best things since sliced bread!

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                        This is my favorite 'free' author. All the Hilda's are a hoot and just fun reading. Enjoy...

                         

                        http://www.barnesandnoble.com/c/paul-kater

                         

                        I have bought some books from B&N, but there are enough 'free' books to read that I will not live long enough.  I don't expect world shattering novels, but there is always something 'free' to read.

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                            BeachCatFan

                            duzit wrote:

                            This is my favorite 'free' author. All the Hilda's are a hoot and just fun reading. Enjoy...

                             

                            http://www.barnesandnoble.com/c/paul-kater

                             

                            I have bought some books from B&N, but there are enough 'free' books to read that I will not live long enough.  I don't expect world shattering novels, but there is always something 'free' to read.

                             

                            I have to agree with you. I check out the Cheap E-reads listings on FB and have absolutely loaded my NOOKs with free books............and I have not found one that I did not enjoy! More often than not, it was a book that I would never have thought I would like and therefore, I would never have purchased it anyway. I do purchase books if there is something I am just dying to read and my library does not have the e-book version, but it doesn't happen very often.


                             

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                                compulsivereaderTX

                                I have several as I've been lucky to get a few free reads that were very temporarily free such as The Hunger Games and Outlander. I also nabbed a couple of Kim Harrison's free and Witch and Wizard by James Patterson was briefly free a short while ago.One of his Max series was free once too.

                                I went on to get the rest of the Hunger Games and Outlander Series (which I was happy to pay for and happier that several of the books were on sale for  $5 or less!).

                                 

                                I've enjoyed Nicky Charles series "The Mating, The Keeping" etc which were all free. I also liked "heart of a Knight" by Barbara Samuels so I picked up a couple other free ones that I haven't had a chance to read yet.

                                 

                                I LOVE Baen Ebooks. I picked up the entire series "March Upcountry" and so on by David Weber for free. One of my faves. Several of his Honor Harrington series are free there as well. Great site.

                                 

                                I mostly read free books, then if I really like the first one, I'll go on to buy the rest of the series.

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                              Carlcheated

                              The Front Porch Prophet is a very strong contender. Right now I am reading The Inside Ring, which is also very entertaining.

                               

                              We do get some good reading from B&N sometimes... Very much appreciated!

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                                  taltosPT

                                  I will put in another vote for Front Page Prophet. I expected very little from this book but have enjoyed it tremendously.

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                                      Omnigeek

                                      Wow, that's hard to answer.  I think of public domain books it's a toss-up between A Study in Scarlet and Oliver Twist.  Of copyrighted works that are available free, it's probably something in the Baen Free Library, either one of the Honor Harrington series like Changer of Worlds or 1632.

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                                          MatthewH
                                          Sherlock Holmes and Honor Harrington, yes. I have most of the Honorverse in hardback already, been reading those for years, kudos to Baen for making most of them available free as ebooks. I've already bought the "e-ARC" Advance Reader Copy of the next Honorverse, for which my pre-ordered hardback copy will arrive in March (e-ARC means what they got from the author, before it has gone through their editorial stage, so they warn buyers it probably has typos). Project Gutenberg has the first two Agatha Christie novels, because they are the only two old enough to be Public Domain at present.

                                          NOTE: there are some books available on the Australian Project Gutenburg that are not available from the US Project Gutenburg site, because when the Hollywood lobbyists got US and EU copyright law changed a few years back to prevent movies from the 1930s going into the public domain the Australians did not make a similar change.

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                                      I've downloaded tons of free classics - those books I always say "I should read that one of these days" but never read.  Now I'm actually reading some of them.  So far my favorites are Edgar Rice Burroughs' "A Princess of Mars," "The Gods of Mars," The Warlord of Mars" and "Tarzan of the Apes."  Now I'm beginning Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's "A Study in Scarlet" which is pretty good so far.

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                                        GardenNookGuy

                                        For links to stories by an overwhelming collection of sci-fi/speculative fiction authors  - all copyright free -

                                        Try:

                                         

                                        www.freesfonline.de

                                         

                                        (don't forget it's .de , not .com or .org)

                                         

                                        I have only begun to scratch the surface of the list of authors and links to their stories, but so far I have enjoyed established authors such as Murray Leinster and Keith Laumer to dozens that I've never even heard of and am just discovering.

                                         

                                        If you like Sci-fi - do yourself a favor and click on the Authors link and then one of the alphabet links and scroll down through those authors and see how many stories each has posted online.  You'll be astonished at the scope of what's linked from this site

                                         

                                        FYI - This site, in many cases leads, to the Project Gutenberg site (mentioned above) for the files as well as the Baen site (of which the Weber's Honor Harrington series was was mentioned above.) 

                                         

                                         

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                                          Intrigued_by_Romance

                                          It is so hard to choose what my favorite free read is.  I love reading books on Vampire Romance.  There are quite a few that are really good.

                                           

                                          One of the good reads on the Vampire Romance category is "Nikki and the Vampire".  It is about this girl who starts dating a Vampire on a dare.   I know it doesn't sounds that interesting, but once you start reading the book, you will see what I am talking about.