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A Million or so Kindle books available now: where to get them and how

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In reply to an earlier post on Jun 11, 2008 9:24:17 PM PDT
dora says:

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 12, 2008 11:40:11 AM PDT
Mfiona says:
Thank you T. Beck for starting this post. I haven't got my kindle yet but now I'm glad since I had time to read this entire thread for all the great advise!

Thanks everyone.


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Diana says: has another free book, In the Garden of Iden by Kage Baker available for download.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 14, 2008 11:29:21 AM PDT
A. Gold says:
Thanks, T. Beck! I am just replying to get this post back to the top!

You may be interested in a recent discussion I started on availability. Someone helpfully linked me with your list, and there was also some interesting exchanges about what reasons there might be (besides Amazon has no power, which I contend is hogwash) for the generally slow growth of titles, particular new releases.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 15, 2008 8:08:27 AM PDT
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Tcily says:
I was going thru this post and did a few copies and pastes to my mailbox so I can go thru all the info I have learned so far and just thought to post all the info I have read so far from this post to help new readers.

T BECK shoutout to you, very good thread and info about kindle free books

Some have expressed a lack of content for the Kindle, here is what I have tried, and works (make sure you check the footnotes at the bottom): 95,000 or so titles, instant download, easy. 20,000 or so titles - mostly classics or things that no longer have copywrite. Multiple languages. Three are links to other sites that boast a total of 100k titles. ***, **** 400,000 titles - classics, modern, government, multiple languages, all the ones I tried were free. Requires $8.95 yearly subscription fee, consider it the cost of a library card.*, ***, **** offers both unencrypted and encrypted .mobi files. Full range of reading and many free books as well. *, **, **** lots of titles, most you can find on in the Kindle section for less. This is Baen books and mostly SiFi. None are encrypted, many are free, and can be transferred directly to your Kindle. Choose Kindle compatible for the download. **** uses .pdf format. **, You will need to register and can download up to three books a day, free. Only available to people in the US, due to copyright and licensing restrictions. 900,000 Mostly original works, as in unknown, normally unpublished authors. Some good, some not, take your chances, you may discover the next JK Rowling. Displays in text. Cut, paste and email to yourself, or save in .txt file and upload. 20,000 titles or so. Has a Kindle format. ***, **** - an extension of Manybooks above, but if you access it through the basic WebBrowser in Kindle, you can download directly to your Kindle, the way you would an Amazon book. Choose the Mobipocket format. Share books, self published books and a make it yourself newspaper. With a little manipulation of the tools below, you can get your own newspaper, you could probably even directly email it to your Kindle in the morning if you allow that site to send you stuff. You will need to register, but there is no cost. There is now a "Kindle Download Guide" from includes links to many classics, including many in foreign languages. Christian centered works. Available in pdf, word, and text, all readily transferable to your Kindle. about 25,000 books, classic and contemporary. Download in a variety of formats.

* They save as .pdf files that you can email to your Kindle. It sees the .pdf as a file of words, not pictures of words, so it can be resized and adjusted just as any other ebook. Download the book to your PC, and email that file to your Kendle, or freekendle@kendle and load through the USB cable if you want to save the 10 cent conversion charge.

** For the encrypted ones in .mobi, a tool can be used to allow the kindle to see it. This tool does not make a copy of the book, merely adds a flag so that the Kendle can display it (it would be hard to call this a violation of copywrite or use conditions since both formats are amazon's). The tool and directions on how to use it are at:

*** Site runs on donations

**** Can be downloaded directly to your Kindle when it is plugged in as an external storeage device, simply specify the Kindle folder when selecting where to put your book.


Got to Gutenberg at
1/3 down page go to Online Catalog
Find book of choice
Right click on book link
Select "Save Target as" and save to your computer

Plug in Kindle using USB cable
You might get a window that asks you to open as a file,
Open the kindle as a file,
Move book you saved into books file.

From the Reverse Everything blog, the most important shortcut is how to change from the NY Daily News school of Full justification, i.e., horribly large spaces between words, to left justification: While reading something, press the text size button and then press J (just the button for the letter). This displays two new menu items: Full Justification and Left Justification. These options stay displayed until J is pressed again. The justification applies to all books. I find it much better for reading.

There is a free utility that is specifically designed to reformat Gutenberg books so they will flow correctly. It's a command line utility, there's no pretty graphical interface. But if you can deal with that, it works very nicely.

There is an excellent thread at mobileread forums that shows you how to download a Kindle Content guide to your Kindle that will automatically download selected books to your kindle using the site. I just tried it today and was very pleased. It was very nice to download the book wirelessly and free.
______________________________________________________ includes links to many classics, including many in foreign languages.
I downloaded the free Mobipocket Reader 6.1 a couple days ago. It is so nice! I can put all my downloaded books into there. I assume I'll be able to transfer these to my Kindle when I get it... ?

Update 2/12:

Received Kindle yesterday (you guys who are still waiting for one.. you are going to LOVE it!!!). All my unprotected files in Mobipocket were super easy to transfer (drag and drop into documents folder of Kindle (In explore). All formats worked (.txt, Palm, and .mobi). yes!

For full instructions, see the Kindle Fan Guide, at
2,000 or so from the forums at
25,000 from for download via USB cable
25,000 from for download via the web browser, and

There are some compatibility issues with Mobipocket 6.1 and the Kindle. Version 6.0 allows for easy transfers to Kindle and the books land in the proper folder, 'Documents.' It also allows for actual syncing with the Kindle and is an excellent RSS feed reader. I placed a copy at Sendspace so anyone can download.

Opening the three mobile websites once (Experimental, open URL):

Then after you visit the site, you can "bookmark" them in the Kindle, so it's right there for you, and you don't have to think about it :)

Just "experimental" "bookmarks" voila!
Also if I may take the liberty of mentioning my blog, I have a lot of the links to free sources for e-books there in a section on the right side of the page called "Find Books for your Kindle."


Here's another source I found on another list. Silk Pagoda has 10,000 Books in Amazon Kindle/Mobipocket format on DVD:

Right now it's only $9.99 for the DVD.

Remember that the easiest way to get the free books from feedbooks is to install their "Kindle Download Guide" on your Kindle. That gives you a "book" consisting of links to other books. Click on any of the links to download the specified book straight to your Kindle without having to go into the experimental Web browser. See this page for instructions:

I'm just starting up a new site that is a Kindle-centric Kindle-friendly Free E-Book site. The basic approach I am taking is Project Gutenberg HTML files file-format-converted to Kindle .mobi files including title and author information so that it all shows up "natively" on your Kindle. If Project Gutenberg doesn't have an HTML version of a book then I use GutenMark as mentioned above to convert a PG txt file into marked-up HTML file and take it from there. FreeKindleBooks allows [relatively] simple navigation and download of e-books directly to or from your Kindle, or via your computer. The intent is to have fewer Project Gutenberg titles -- the ones that are most popular to readers -- but to do a better job of formatting them, including illustrations, etc. Also the site has a "Developer" section to help explain how to do this for yourself, if you are interested in developing your own .mobi e-books or "file format converting" them from PG files or some other free source. Again, this is just starting up, but let me know how it goes for you if you check it out!
Regards buying a SD and loading it up with books before your Kindle arrives: Please be aware that books must be in a directory on the SD called "documents" and music in a directory called "music". Don't do what I did: I loaded up a SD at its root with books anticipating that Santa was going to bring me a Kindle while I was on a Christmas Vacation Trip. Santa did bring me Kindle during my Christmas Vacation Trip, but then I couldn't read my books because I hadn't put them in a directory called "documents" ! So it had to wait until I could get home and use my computer to move the books to the "proper" location on the SD!
__________________________________________________________ for free audiobooks

PS, I'm still a newbie and still trying to learn a lot about Kindle.

Here's a couple more a learned....

When using this site or other sites you basically can try to take one of four approaches. 1) You can try to use the rudimentary web browser built into Kindle in the "Experimental" section to download a book directly to Kindle from Kindle [although I am not having much luck doing this from sites other than which is designed around the assumptions of Kindle's very rudimentary web browser] or 2) You can use your computer's web browser aka "Internet Explorer" or "Mozilla" to download the [E-book] file to your computer, say to your desktop. You then plug Kindle into your computer, doing so turns Kindle into one or two USB drives [two drives if your Kindle has an SD card -- HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!] You then cut-and-paste or drag-and-drop the file on your desktop into the "documents" directory of the "USB Drive" that corresponds to your Kindle or its SD card. 3) You can install Mobipocket Reader in your computer, download a file using your computer's web browser, preview that file in Mobipocket Reader to make sure its something you actually want on your Kindle, plug your Kindle into your computer at which point in time Mobipocket Reader recognizes it, and then hit the "Send" button in Mobipocket Reader to transfer the file to Kindle. If I am transferring a small [E-book] file, less than a megabyte, and its from a site like where I know I have had success directly downloading books, then I tend to use Kindle's built-in wireless connection to download the book directly from Kindle to Kindle. If I have a medium sized book, say less than 10 Megabytes, then I tend to plug my Kindle into my computer, using the computer's web browser to download an E-book file to the computer, and then drag that file into the Kindle "USB Drive" or the SD "USB drive". Or 4) If I want to download a very large book, say more than 10 Megabytes, I turn off the Kindle, take off the Kindle's back, unplug the SD Card, plug the SD card into my computer, use the computer's web browser to download the file to the desktop, drag that file to the SD card's "documents" directory, "Eject" the SD card to make sure it is in a safe state to unplug, unplug it from my computer and plug it back into Kindle, put the back back on the Kindle, turn it back on, and Kindle discovers the new book. If you have lots of books on your Kindle make sure you sort them by "Most Recent First" so that the book you just put on your Kindle will show up at the top of the list with a "new" in the left-hand margin. I just don't know WHY you haven't figured out all this stuff yet! :-)
________________________________________________________________________ has the Jane Austen books:
Most of the books I download, to my computer, are in pdf format from ebooks,, how can I get those books onto the Kindle directly or indirectly? I haven't purchased the Kindle yet, but plan to do so in the future and the ability to read pdf books is very\most important.

Kindle supports PDF , now as an experimental feature, the conversion is easy but the quality depends on the document you have. I converted a book sending it to Amazon but I didn't like the result, my book had small pages and they send it back as A4 pages (pictures of pages with the text small on a mostly blank page). Alternatively you can transform some PDF files into .rtf, then into .doc files and then send it to Amazon for conversion for kindle, but you need additional software. (e.g. for PC Adobe Acrobat or Scansoft and Office, and for MAC you'd need Pages in addition to the already installed preview).

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 15, 2008 8:22:01 PM PDT
AKM says:

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 15, 2008 8:55:44 PM PDT
John Leasure says:
This is a great post and a great way to read some of the best books out of print.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 16, 2008 12:54:17 PM PDT
lesley9 says:

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 16, 2008 2:25:14 PM PDT
Not sure if was on the list, found also

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 16, 2008 2:46:19 PM PDT
Blackbeard says:
A. Gold said:
"...there was also some interesting exchanges about what reasons there might be (besides Amazon has no power, which I contend is hogwash) for the generally slow growth of titles, particular new releases. "

A while back I made the case that Ebooks cut into hardbound sales, which is why publishers want to be careful about releasing ebooks at the same time as the hardbound, and about the pricing. Some readers said that it wouldn't cut into their profits because they don't have to print and ship the book, so even though the new e-release sells for only $9.99, they're not losing money. Here's my latest observation: Scott McClellan's book sold out the first printing, and I heard a news bit saying that the publisher was going to release 5,000 more copies in Kindle format. Wait a minute, why would they restrict the sales of the E-book? Because they don't want to cut too deeply into hardbound sales! It stands to reason they make more money on the paper format. Amazon has much less control over these things than many people think, because they don't own the rights to the products they sell, so they must negotiate everything.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 16, 2008 8:57:49 PM PDT
T. Beck says:
Wow! Great response from everyone.....I was surprised to find the post still on the front page!

I'll update it with other items listed in the thread.


In reply to an earlier post on Jun 16, 2008 10:58:21 PM PDT
Tcily says:

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 17, 2008 8:38:49 AM PDT
Merralin says:
Bump to top of list.


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In reply to an earlier post on Jun 17, 2008 7:31:52 PM PDT
Soozie says:
ba-da-bing, ba-da-bump

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 17, 2008 7:53:37 PM PDT
A. Forman says:
No book DVD available.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 17, 2008 9:10:31 PM PDT
Tcily says:
bumpity bumpity bump-bump

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 18, 2008 3:53:04 AM PDT
V. Beyeler says:
Thanks for the consolidation of the info.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 18, 2008 11:11:37 AM PDT
2Okies says:

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 18, 2008 6:46:11 PM PDT
Judith Kent says:

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 20, 2008 11:00:44 AM PDT
Merralin says:
bump to top of discussion lists.

The Kindle Reader

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 22, 2008 11:50:33 AM PDT
AKM says:

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In reply to an earlier post on Jun 24, 2008 2:44:10 PM PDT
Steph says:
Bumping back to the top.

Thanks so much, T. Beck, and others who added to the list! :-D
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