Kindle also offers a large number of free books. See what's available here. Warning: It will take you a while to browse 47,000+ books. Some of them are classics, but just as many are contemporary. If you have a Kindle, it's worth checking to see if what you want is a freebie.
Downloading PDFs from an online bookstore? Convert them to Kindle by sending a email to your registered name.free.kindle.com And don't forget to put "Convert" in the subject line. Then attach the PDF, hit Send, and check your Kindle to see if they're there. Mine usually come pretty quickly, but it could take a while, so be patient. (You can do this with your own documents as well, so long as you've first converted them to PDF.)
Check with your local library to see if they've made the transition to lending Kindle books. Recently I took a free class at our innovative library and learned to download books just like I'd check out a print book. I also love the fact that I can program a large font which is easier on my eyes.
I have the new, less-expensive version of the Kindle which has the keyboard on the screen. If you're all thumbs (as I sometimes am) when you try to type on-screen, I suggest a simply orange stick (the manicure kind--Guys, ask your wife, girlfriend, manicurist, etc.) I keep one in my car to use with my Tom-Tom also. A ballpoint pen will work as well, but remember to keep the point retracted, and don't pound the keyboard!
While I'll always be drawn to bookstores, especially those cozy hole-in-the-wall kind crammed with pre-loved tomes, the Kindle has me firmly hooked. It's light, portable, wipe-offable, and...oh, did I mention how trendy you'll look sitting in a coffee shop reading from it? If you don't have an e-reader, compare the various Kindle models here.
If you don't want to invest in a separate electronic device, you can download a FREE Kindle to your PC. I used that to make sure I'd enjoy using a regular Kindle. I understand there is also a free download for the Nook.
With more and more small presses leaning strongly to ebooks, the Kindle/Nook/other e-reader is becoming as "necessary" as a cell phone and a computer. You don't have to have any of these devices, but it makes life a lot more convenient!
Speaking of small presses and ebooks, my latest novel The Face on Miss Fanny's Wall will be released on March 28 by Champagne Books. Their policy is to require the sale of 100 ebooks before going to print, so I hope you'll keep the novel and the date in mind. Of course, I'll be sending out a huge announcement at the time, but it never hurts to plant the seed early. I'll have a cover in January, so watch for that, too. Meanwhile, to whet your appetite a bit...
Welcome to Miss Fanny’s Social Club for Gentlemen
You’ve come to the best parlor house in Cedar Bluff AR
Where everyone and everything is first-class and
Miss Fanny knows what goes on upstairs and down.
But nobody knows anything about Miss Fanny…
who she is, where she came from, why she’s here.
And then one day, she’s just a memory
in a museum that was once her home…
until a young woman recognizes a picture on the wall
and determines to discover why her great-grandmother
was one of Miss Fanny’s ladies.
Will the long-buried past give up its secrets…
or will it bury Tessa, too?
The Face on Miss Fanny’s Wall
coming in March 2012
from Champagne Books