What do you do when you haven’t finished your book for review? You go download more books. Free books.
Baen Free Library – Online since 2000, the Baen Free Library provides free science fiction and fantasy titles for reading online or for download in several formats.
“Rare and acclaimed Doctor Who novels available to read for free! All feature brand new artwork and extensive notes by the original authors.”
The books are available to read online or you can save each chapter as a page and read from your computer or a print out.
At approximately 28,000 titles, Project Gutenburg may be the largest online digital library. Ever.
The books available for download are in the public domain and include classic novels, plays and non-fiction of all kinds, as well as audio books and sheet music.
A Happy Birthday to Bill, the older of my two younger brothers.
From the press release:
NEW YORK, NY – March 4, 2009 – Random House, Inc. today unveiled the first five titles in its new Suvudu Free First Book Library. Designed to introduce new readers to popular and acclaimed science fiction and fantasy series, the Suvudu Free First Book Library allows readers to access free digital copies of the first book in each series.The program launches with access to the following novels:
- His Majesty’s Dragon by Naomi Novik
- Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb
- Settling Accounts: Return Engagement by Harry Turtledove
- Red Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson
- Blood Engines by T.A. Pratt
The books will be made available through Random House’s science fiction/fantasy portal, Suvudu.com (http://www.suvudu.com), as well as on other content services, including Scribd.com and the Stanza ebook reader application for the iPhone.
I picked up His Magesty’s Dragon by Naomi Novik. I have the third or fourth book in this series already (Kahuna is notorious for buying books out of sequence) but I hadn’t found the first volume anywhere locally. While you all are downloading give the Suvudu blog a quick read or sign up for the Del Rey newsletter so you can be informed when new free titles go up for download.