Saturday, 8 September 2012

Ebooks without a kindle?

Did you know you didn't need a kindle or other ereader to read kindle ebooks? You can just download an app for free and read them on your computer or smartphone. Either download it first or wait until you're prompted when you try to acquire your first ebook. There's a jolly good one available just here.

I'm coming round to the idea of ebooks - there are advantages. One plus point is the ability to 'look inside' many books and read the opening. I know you can do that with real books too - but it can be uncomfortable to stand and read the first chapter of several books until you one you know you'll like. You could try the look inside feature even if you intend to buy a paper copy.

Of course Amazon isn't the only place you can acquire ebooks and you don't always have to pay for them. Not a Drop to Drink (a collection of short stories) is being produced by Alfie Dog Ltd under the Smiling Dog imprint and will be available soon - absolutely FREE!

Also currently available for FREE is Deeds of Deceit -  by Kathleen Rowland. "A half tank up the mountains, Big Bear winters are isolating for heiress Bayliss Jones. Circled by the same cult that murdered her parents fifteen years before, death awaits her around every corner. Her shirttail relative and trustee of her estate, Sheriff Byron McGill, never agreed with local hearsay that made her a suspect. Air crackles between two people who clash, but the spoiled princess needs his help. Besides hers, the life of a young man, her secret baby, hangs in the balance. There’s no time for error." 

I'm assured it's a sensuous romantic suspense. I've just started reading this and there's certainly plenty going on!

Talking of sensuous, how d'you fancy writing erotic poetry? Aaaw go on - it's in a good cause.  Just to ... er... get you in the mood, have a read of this one. Brilliant, eh?

34 comments:

  1. As they say, there's an app for everything.
    And that's one big advantage to owning an iPad - not only can I download books from the iBookstore, but I have apps for the Nook, Kindle, and Kobo.

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    1. That gives you plenty of reading opportunities, Alex.

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    2. I'm the same, Alex. I use my kindle app on the iPad and also iBooks. Twice the fun!

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    3. I don't have an iPad - but I imagine I could get all these apps on my Macbook if I wanted to?

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  2. Good luck with your latest novel Patsy. I have Kindle for PC but as I get neck & shoulder ache from my computer I wish I also had a proper kindle to take elsewhere and read stuff.

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    1. Madeleine, I think a proper reader would be a more relaxing reading experience than the computer.

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  3. Thanks for the info about Kindle apps and about both free books. Free stuff is always good! :-)

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    1. I'm quite fond of free stuff myself, Lexa.

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  4. Free stuff is grand but you get what you pay for. The Kindle, being a simple bit of kit, works very well, does what it is supposed to do without bells and whistles. It is also quite reasonably priced. Unlike a desktop, laptop, iPad or a smartphone, it is not backlit, so is much kinder on the eyes.

    You can download an app on your iPad or smartphone to read Kindle books, but, if you check out some of the user sites, you will find that sometimes it is compatible and sometimes not. Apple products are notorious for not being compatible with anything except other Apple products. I made the mistake of downloading a load of books (Virginia Woolf, since you ask) on to the Kindle before I went to Croatia, but leaving the Kindle behind and taking the iPad, trusting my holiday reading to its app. Well, dear Reader, I was left staring at the iPad app screen which told me that - even books I had already read - had downloaded 0.0%. I was thrown back on to the mercy of iBooks, which offered a comparitively poor selection. When I returned home, all the 0.0% books were sitting quite happily on my Kindle. Other people, however, I know have no problems with it.

    I have no personal experience of the Kobo, although I understand (from W H Smith staff) that it is not compatible with iPad.

    I love my Android Galaxy, but imo a smartphone display is too small to read a book.

    And, Madeleine Sara, I sympathise... in spades. Reading, writing and using a PC generally has been giving me neck ache and shoulder ache for a decade.

    Please forgive the long post.

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    1. Charlie, compatability problems between different brands of technology are a real pain - OH currently has 2 laptops as well as a desk top because some of his photographic equipment won't work with the newest machines.

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  5. I read on my smartphone and love it! Takes up less space too.

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    1. If you'd be carrying the phone anyway then that option sounds perfect for travelling light, Amy.

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  6. I don't have a Kindle, don't intend to buy one ;)

    I read my eBooks on my iPad, but, I have to say I prefer the real thing ;)

    Xx

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    1. I do prefer the real thing too, Vikki especially for curling up on the sofa but an ereader might be handy for travelling or maybe reading in bed without needing the light on.

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  7. Hi Patsy .. there are so many ways of reading via a screen aren't there - I read one book on the screen - but it's not something I'd do again if I can avoid it .. I haven't got a Kindle yet ... sometime soon.

    Good luck with your books - and I still prefer the feel of a book ..

    Cheers Hilary

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    1. There is something special about holding a real book, isn't there, Hilary?

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  8. I am definitely coming round to the idea of getting a Kindle. I can't keep borrowing my husband's - particularly as I bought it for him x :-)

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    1. Doesn't that work, Teresa? Darn, I did think buying my husband a kindle would be a good plan.

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  9. I finally broke down and bought a Nook Color. Great little piece of equipment, but practically a waste of money, except I can check my e-mail and facebook now and then. I downloaded two books and both disappeared after two days. What gives?

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  10. Oscar that doesn't sound good - could it be faulty?

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  11. Hello Patsy Collins. Thank you for sharing info on my freebie, DEEDS OF DECEIT. Prior to writing this romantic suspense, I researched cults for about six months. Finishing her doctorate at UC Riverside, my heroine, Bayliss Jones, volunteers at a foster home where she observes cult activity...
    Thank you again for featuring my book, Patsy!

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    1. You're welcome, Kathleen - good luck with this book and your other writing.

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  12. I lo0ve my kindle. I can hardly belive I hummed and aahed about getting one for ages. I have not tried downloading and reading an ebook on anything else though... But I do love the ability to read a sample on kindle for free before deciding whether to purchase.

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  13. Hi Patsy - I only discovered this recently... about the apps. I am challenged when it comes to all this modern technology. Thanks for the links. Hope all is well with you and yours x

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    1. Diane, I only found out because I wanted to buy a book that was only available on kindle and asked the author if there was a way for me to read it.

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  14. Loving my kindle for the ease of downloading books and reading in bed!

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    1. Reading in bed (in the campervan) is when I most think a kindle would be a good idea, Rosemary.

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  15. What a truly helpful post, Patsy. Brains AND beauty? Great combo! Good work!

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  16. Thanks for the link to my senryu, Patsy! Just spotted it. :]
    marion

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  17. I wanted to make sure other people got the chance to read it, Marion.

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  18. This is what I do, but then my iPod died...so I have been loading books on my husbands and when I get a new one...I have lots of reading to do!

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  19. We need more hours to read all the interesting books we find, don't we, Elizabeth?

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