Freebie flash! Ancient, Garden, Rabbit, and more

Freebie flash! Ancient, Garden, Rabbit, and more

As usual, I don’t vouch for these books, and none of them block text-to-speech access. As promotional titles, they may not be free for long. Note: these books are free in the USA: prices in other countries may vary.

The Europeans
by Henry James
published by Fictionwise Classics
Categories:
Books > Literature & Fiction
Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Fiction > Contemporary Fiction

I’m adding the categories on the book’s Amazon product page to try to give people a bit more information. However, these categories are provided to Amazon by the publisher (I know that’s the case with Kindle Direct Publishing books), and that’s apparently often done with a greater regard for marketability than accuracy. 😉 For example, I’ve seen the same book listed as both fiction and non-fiction. This book is a good example: contemporary fiction may sell better than “literature”. This short novel was originally published in 1878…it may have been contemporary at the time, but I don’t think that’s how most people understand the term.

You may also be wondering why a book in the public domain is being listed as newly free here…aren’t there already versions of this in the Kindle store? Interestingly, this is the only free edition listed right now. It may also be different from the others…Amazon now requires people doing public domain books through their Kindle Direct Publishing to add something new…illustrations, annotations, that sort of thing. This particular version may not have been available and/or free through the Kindle store before.

The Rime of the Ancient Mariner
by Samuel Taylor Coleridge
published by £1 Books
Categories:
Books > Literature & Fiction > Poetry
Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Fiction > Poetry

The Djinn Garden
by Stephen Goldin
published by Parsina Press (independent?)
Categories:
Books > Literature & Fiction > Genre Fiction > Action & Adventure
Books > Literature & Fiction > Genre Fiction > Family Saga
Books > Literature & Fiction > World Literature > Mythology
Books > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Fantasy > Epic
Books > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Fantasy > Magic & Wizards
Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Fantasy > Epic
Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Fiction > Action & Adventure
Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Fiction > Genre Fiction > Family Saga
Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Fiction > World Literature > Mythology

The Velveteen Rabbit
by Margery Williams Bianco
published by Marshall Cavendish Children
Categories:
Books > Religion & Spirituality > Christianity
Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Religion & Spirituality > Christianity

Why would you not identify this as a children’s book in the categories?

Flyover Country
by Daniel Koehler
independent
Categories:
Books > Literature & Fiction > Literary
Books > Romance
Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Literary Fiction
Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Romance

Bitten (Bitten Series)
by Merrill Gemus
independent
Books > Literature & Fiction
Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Romance

The Prince
by Niccolo Machiavelli
published by Fictionwise Classics
Categories:
Books > History
Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks

If hear a sneaky, manipulative politician described as “Machiavellian”, this 16th Century book is why.

The Score (Parker Novels)
by Richard Stark (aka Donald E. Westlake), foreword by John Banville
published by University of Chicago Press
Categories:
Books > Literature & Fiction
Books > Mystery & Thrillers > Mystery > Hard-Boiled
Books > Mystery & Thrillers > Thrillers > Suspense
Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Fiction > Contemporary Fiction
Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Mystery & Thrillers > Mystery > Hard-Boiled
Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Mystery & Thrillers > Mystery > Series
Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Mystery & Thrillers > Thrillers > Suspense

Classic 1960s noir/hard-boiled

A Hope Undaunted (Winds of Change)
by Julie Lessman
published by Revell
Categories:
Books > Literature & Fiction
Books > Religion & Spirituality > Christianity > Christian Living
Books > Religion & Spirituality > Christianity > Literature & Fiction > Fiction
Books > Religion & Spirituality > Christianity > Literature & Fiction > Romance
Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Fiction > Contemporary Fiction
Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Religion & Spirituality > Christianity > Christian Living

A Daughters Inheritance (Broadmoor Legacy, Book 1)
by Tracie Peterson, Judith Miller
published by Bethany House
Categories:
Books > Religion & Spirituality > Fiction
Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Fiction > Religious Fiction

Throwaway
by Heather Huffman
published by Booktrope (independent?)
Categories:
Books > Literature & Fiction
Books > Romance > Romantic Suspense
Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Fiction > Contemporary Fiction
Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Romance > Romantic Suspense

The Preacher’s Bride
by Jody Hedlund
published by Bethany House
Categories:
Books > Literature & Fiction > Genre Fiction > Historical
Books > Religion & Spirituality > Fiction
Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Fiction > Historical Fiction
Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Fiction > Religious Fiction

Poems to Love and the Body
by Dave Malone
published by Bliss Station (independent?)
Categories:
Books > Literature & Fiction > United States > Poetry
Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Fiction > Poetry
Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Fiction > World Literature > United States > Poetry > 20th Century

The Vagrant’s Tail (OtherWhere)
by Garry Grierson
independent
Categories:
Books > Literature & Fiction
Books > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Fantasy > Anthologies
Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Fantasy

At 15KB, this is one of the smallest (non-preorder…those often seem to have a placeholder length listed instead of their actual lengths) titles I’ve seen in the Kindle store.

Strength for Service to God and Country

by Norman E. Nygaard (Author), Evan Hunsberger (Author), General Commission on Un Meth Men (Compiler)
published by Abingdon Press
Categories:
Books > Religion & Spirituality > Christianity > Christian Living
Books > Religion & Spirituality > Spirituality > Devotionals
Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Religion & Spirituality > Spirituality > Devotionals

The End of the World
by Alexander Lurikov
published by Gray Cadence (independent?)
Categories:
Books > Literature & Fiction > Literary
Books > Literature & Fiction > Short Stories
Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Fiction > Short Stories
Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Literary Fiction

The Getaway
by Sonya Bateman
independent
Categories:
Books > Literature & Fiction > Short Stories
Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Fiction > Short Stories

A Voice in the Box: My Life in Radio
by Bob Edwards
published by The University Press of Kentucky
Categories:
Books > Biographies & Memoirs > Professionals & Academics > Journalists
Books > Nonfiction > Social Sciences
Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Biographies & Memoirs > Professionals & Academics > Journalists

Once a Princess: Sasharia en Garde! book 1.
by Sherwood Smith
published by Samhain
Categories:
Books > Literature & Fiction
Books > Romance > Fantasy & Futuristic
Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Romance > Fantasy, Futuristic & Ghost

That Samhain content warning:

“This title contains a kick-butt mother-daughter team, a wicked king, a witty pirate with an unfortunate taste for neon colors, inept resistance fighters, a dreamy prince who gallops earnestly hither and yon, and a kick-butt princess in waiting.”

Let me know what you think about my including the categories…how helpful is that? It did add time and effort to doing these, and I would probably have been able to include more books this time if I hadn’t done it. I do expect to list those books before they aren’t free, though. If it clutters it too much for you, that would be good to know as well.

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog.

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8 Responses to “Freebie flash! Ancient, Garden, Rabbit, and more”

  1. Robin Neal Says:

    I enjoy reading your blog on my Kindle 2. Thank you so much for your informative posts. In my case, adding additional information to the “freebie flash” posts just adds to clutter since I don’t use my Kindle to access the Amazon website.

    Keep up the good work.

  2. Rick Says:

    Excellent addition to the free titles list! Now I can see the genre of each listing, which is really all I need to know to see if it is worth clicking on the title and investigating. I ordered the Donald Westlake novel and enjoyed the reader reviews.

    Please keep this up!

  3. Harold Says:

    It’s a mixed bag to me and I appreciate your effort. I usually click through and read the description and some of the reviews on Amazon to filter out the christian rah-rah stuff and other genres I’m not interested in.

  4. Man in the Middle Says:

    I found the categories helpful. Thanks. Too bad the publishers don’t seem willing to specify one category for each book. Perhaps you can choose one for them in such cases, to cut the clutter. In the examples above, the category words that mattered to me were:
    Poetry, Fantasy, Children, Romance, Mystery, Religion & Spirituality, Religious Fiction, Short Stories, and Biographies & Memoirs. Some I seek out, others I avoid. I also appreciated your Samhain warning.

    I’m also surprised its publisher categorized “The Prince” as History rather than Politics, and agree with you that “The Velveteen Rabbit” should be under Children rather than Religion and Spirituality.

    • bufocalvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Man!

      I agree, a one word category would look better (although some books would have multiple ones…they could be Christian and a mystery for example.

      The weird part for me on The Velveteen Rabbit is why it wasn’t also a children’s book. That’s where we sold it in the brick-and-mortar store I managed. I don’t mind it being listed as religion, I guess, but I don’t think children should be untargeted on this one.

  5. Ralph Finch Says:

    Thanks so much for the work to include the categories…but, when there are many categories, it just clutters, especially on the K2 where I read your blog.

    But I like your intent: trying to inform us better as to these free books. Which leads me to something I’ve wanted to ask you.

    Before getting a Kindle book, I read some of the reviews in the Amazon bookstore, and look at the average rating. I’ve found, though, that my expectations don’t match those of other readers. That is, books that are rated 4 and 5 stars I’ve found to be very badly written, to the point I give up after 2 or 3 chapters.

    The last straw was when I spent $12 to buy the recently released “Ghost in the Wires” by Kevin Mitnick, convicted telephone and computer hacker, based on the glowing, 5 star reviews. I gave it 2 stars and almost didn’t finish it, I found it so tedious.

    Is there some site that would allow individuals to start tracking a handful of like-minded reviewers? I’m not going to claim most reviewers are wrong, and I am right…we simply have different standards and tastes. I just want to find reviewers who have similar standards to mine.

    • bufocalvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Ralph!

      I appreciate that feedback…I’m going to see if I can extract fewer words for the categories easily enough. What I did last time was copy and paste, which is easy, but not very focused. 🙂

      As to the rating thing…first, did you return the Ghost in the Wires? Amazon lets us “return” Kindle store books within seven days of purchase for a refund. If you are within that period, you can contact them through

      http://www.amazon.com/kindlesupport

      You’ll see a

      Contact Us

      button on your right.

      You can also get free samples first: that may be an effective way to judge the book before you pay anything for it.

      Now, sites…have you tried Shefari?

      http://www.shelfari.com

      That’s owned by Amazon, which makes importing your existing Kindle purchases easier, among other things.

      You can also follow people’s public notes at

      http://kindle.amazon.com

      Amazon also recently registered the domain name, http://www.kindlesocialnetwork.com, which suggests they may be setting up something…

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