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Do you read the free kindle books?

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Posted on Jun 2, 2012 2:46:14 AM PDT
Free eBooks??

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 3, 2012 11:44:40 PM PDT

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 4, 2012 1:21:00 AM PDT
Rena Ruadh says:
...and for those on the other side of the pond:

Posted on Jun 6, 2012 8:09:25 AM PDT
Gnomes Rule says:
Most definitely, when you're retired and you find something you enjoy and its free, its like getting a present for yourself.

Posted on Jun 6, 2012 12:00:58 PM PDT
Yes, I read the free books. Many of the classic are free, but I've also selected some contempory books. Some good, some not so good, but I don't believe there is a law stating one must read all the books one downloads. Many or most of Sir H. Rider Haggard's books are free. I agree with Gnomes Rule, "it's like getting a present for yourself."...also it's fun to download the freebies.
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In reply to an earlier post on Jun 6, 2012 1:13:37 PM PDT
absolutely. as a matter of fact, thosr are the only books i've read so far. have enjoyed most of them, and have deleted a few of them after opening the first page...

Posted on Jun 6, 2012 7:59:07 PM PDT
maryd428 says:
I have been purchasing and downloading from the Baen library and their free library for years now using my Palm PDA, but the reader I have been using does not have a version for Androids. I need to know how to use the Kindle ersion to get the books!

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 10, 2012 6:11:16 PM PDT
J. E. Patton says:
Try and I've got 100's of free books so far!

Posted on Jun 13, 2012 3:27:28 PM PDT
I have read some free books, but I do download for than I read at the moment.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 19, 2014 7:24:07 PM PST
Thank you Cindy. I'm so glad you enjoyed it, the sequel should be out this year. Cher'ley

Posted on Jan 20, 2014 2:15:44 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 20, 2014 2:16:45 PM PST
Of course, if I download them I read them. I don't always finish them. Some of the freebies are quite good and some aren't. My record was five pages into a mystery. Five pages describing a woman's torture and when the group of men marched in to rape her I decided I'd read enough. The target audience was apparently sadists.

I also include the $.99 books in the freebie category although I realize they aren't really free.

Posted on Jan 20, 2014 2:33:53 PM PST
I do read "Free" books on my Kindle. When I encounter garbage, I toss it and even sometimes review to let others know. When I find something I like, I definitely review it. I found excellent new authors and series. The Kindle library also helps. I started reading the "Hunger Games" Trilogy and bought the rest. I found excellent Authors like R.W. Peake, Evan Currie, S.J.A. Turney, H.A. Culley from "Free" or low cost (<$5) editions. Often I have gone back and actually purchased the book that I borrowed from the Kindle Library."The Hangman's Daughter" series is another Freebie I discovered. Because of my reviews I have been able to correspond with some of these authors. Even ones I panned. You get what you pay for, yes but "Free" can mean finding treasure. Often authors like B. Cornwell and GRR Martin get the big price yet are dismissive of their fans. I would rather pay $2.99 and enjoy helping a starting writer than pay Martin $24.99 so he can scam me.

Posted on Jan 20, 2014 2:39:04 PM PST
Dog Lover says:
Sheesh. You guys actually fell for this? A thread that is almost two years old was resurrected by a self promoter to "thank" someone?

Good grief.


In reply to an earlier post on Jan 20, 2014 2:42:57 PM PST
You should learn math.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 20, 2014 2:46:08 PM PST
Dog Lover says:
Check out the dates 6/13/2012 - then the 'thank you' on 1/20/2014.

Close enough to 'two years' for gubmit work.


In reply to an earlier post on Jan 20, 2014 2:50:48 PM PST
Closer to 1.5 years. 6 months is a big difference representing and at a 25% error rate Mayim Blialik, you are not. Not even good for Government work. but they don't hire Trolls.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 20, 2014 2:58:10 PM PST
Dog Lover says:
LOL! I really like that.

At any rate, the whole zombie effort is because of some desperate SPA trying to avoid 'self promotion' and you guys fell for it.


In reply to an earlier post on Jan 20, 2014 3:39:03 PM PST
And your not Trolling. DA not DL

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 20, 2014 4:22:16 PM PST
Hold on there! DL (who has been around these boards a long time and has a lot of credibility) is absolutely correct that reviving this thread was a poorly-disguised attempt at promoting her sequel. Are you naive enough to think the "author" somehow innocently ran across a post from April 2012 (close enough to 2years, IMHO) and out of sheer gratitude decided to post on this long dead thread? Cone on, gimme a break!
The post probably doesn't quite break the posting guidelines, buy it comes close.
I know I'll certainly never by anything from this "author"!

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 20, 2014 6:15:37 PM PST
DL referred to a posting of 6/13/2012. not not April 2012. Read before commenting. Even if it was April that is 3 yes 3 months short of 2 years. Not even close. As for buying anything from this Author, HUH this discussion is about "FREE" books. Buy(not by) what? You and "DL" should spend less time "Flaming" and more time reading. You might actually contribute to the conversation. (learn to use IMHO use Spell check)

Posted on Jan 20, 2014 7:23:57 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 20, 2014 7:26:09 PM PST
Most reasonable people would consider 21 months as pretty close to 2years.
You're carefully (and probably intentionally) ignoring the main point, which is that DL was right about the post in question. You haven't attempted to address the issue about the "author" reviving this thread for promotional purposes. And BTW, her books aren't FREE!
Never mind.
(Ignore this customer)

Posted on Jan 20, 2014 8:58:17 PM PST
Flaming people as you are doing is not an example of reason. Thanking someone for being gracious, albeit late, is just an example of courtesy. As for 21 months it is not even close to two years or 24 months. 23 months is close, maybe, but 90 days is a long time. This is a discussion thread asking, "Do you read Free Books?" it is and open-ended discussion. I answered yes, hoping others would engage in DECENT conversation. Two obnoxious, "Flaming", pseudo-intellectual twits, who do not know how use spell check attack me for saying something nice about "Free Books". If an author promotes their book, good or bad, by thanking someone for saying something nice, it is not earthshaking. Both of you should stop your game of "Bash the Bishop" and actually do something with your hands. The author, you have been "Flaming," actually wrote a book. What have either of you done, besides soil a hanky? Grow up and do something besides crapping on others who actually have the courage to write a book and put it out there so semi-literate trolls like you twits can flatulate on it.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 21, 2014 1:55:22 AM PST
Irish reader says:
Your post makes absolutely no sense, DL.

The poster responsible for resurrecting the thread hasn't interacted with any of the subsequent posters, so how has she misled them? What have they fallen for? Sure, they saw the thread as 'most recently commented' and - legitimately enough - decided to they wanted to participate. Why do you find this so objectionable? What have these posters done that is in contravention of the TOS? Why do you feel the need to harass them? Is there something I'm missing here?

Posted on Jan 21, 2014 2:50:22 AM PST
Author says:
It has amused me from day one that people use these Amazon forum posts to rip writers up the back for any vague attempt to promote their own work. Isn't it obvious that Amazon is in the business of promoting sales of Kindles and e-books? There is no doubt that the vast majority of self-published books are total garbage, but there is no lack of people who take them for free and enjoy the benefit of other people's hard work. Terrible free books will be here until Amazon folds up its tent, but so will the good books you never hear about because Amazon is so restrictive in its policies which give an advantage to traditional publishers. It seems that the readers' fora exist to serve as chat rooms and diversion for the under or unemployed, and little else.

Posted on Jan 21, 2014 3:35:36 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 21, 2014 4:07:38 AM PST
Dog Lover says:
My goodness.

Taking posts in poster-order rather than replying separately:

1) In reply to your post on Jan 20, 2014 3:39:03 PM PST
William A McLaughlin says:
And your not Trolling. DA not DL

Hmmm. Interesting. I puzzled over this for a while and I still don't understand what is being said. "And your not Trolling." I guess, that the 'your' is supposed to be 'you're' but then there is the "Trolling." FIC indicates a noun but the 'ing' would indicate a verb. So .. I guess but am uncertain that William means "You are not "Trolling" which is true. I am Dog Lover. However, he could mean "You are not trolling." which is also true (find the definition of troll and trolling, William.) In either case my only response must be 'Thank you."

Then the last part "DA not DL." Really have no idea what this means unless William is resorting to abbreviations for profanity. Find it hard to believe that he would do such a thing.

Then in his response to the poster named "I'm not who I used to be," William includes this "(learn to use IMHO use Spell check)." So ironic! In light of the previous post, this is just too funny.

2) To Irish Reader:

In 2011, Amazon announced that no self-promotion of any form would be allowed on the Customer Discussion boards other than the Meet Our Authors forum. This was a great relief and cause for celebration as many fora had been killed off by the incessant self promotion and other unpleasant behavior by those self-promoters. That may be the answer to this question from you: "Is there something I'm missing here? "

As for the first part of your post. The reply from that SPA was, in every sense, simply announcing the sequel to a book that had been mentioned in an earlier part of the thread. I was telling the two posters who followed her thinly disguised but 'legal' attempt at self-promotion that they fell for the trick by continuing the thread. I, of course, was/am guilty of that myself because the longer this zombie thread stays active, the more we are supporting that trick.

So ... I did not in any way say those two guys have violated the TOS. I think it funny that this is becoming such a hot topic. I was not harassing them. I thought it very funny and I said so.

3) 'Author'

Oh please. 'People' don't use the forum posts to rip writers for anything than 1) violating Amazon's rules and 2) being a real pain in the rear by ignoring the fact that we are the purchasers of books. Language such as "readers' fora exist to serve as chat rooms and diversion for the under or unemployed, and little else" seems to indicate a total disdain for us. What a marketing technique!


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