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Six free ebooks… that are free anyway!

Thanks to Lee for the heads up: Barnes and Noble invites you to download their Free ereader software to your iPhone, iPod Touch, Blackberry, PC or Mac (thanks for the compatibility, folks) – and as a bonus you get six free books.

Which books?

Oh, hold on to your library card, because wowser. You get:

The Last of the Mohicans

Sense and Sensibility

Little Women

Dracula

Pride and Prejudice

“plus a handy pocket dictionary,” which, gee. Thanks.

So I get a dictionary and six “free books” that are free anyway. Are you kidding me? Yo! Curious ebook readers! There are over 100,000 titles available at Project Gutenberg, formatted for a variety of reading devices. All free of charge!

Barnes and Noble gets the chutzpah award of the day for that one.

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  1. 1
    Jessica G. says:

    Oh silly Barnes and Noble. I hope Borders kicks your butt from here to next Tuesday.

  2. 2
    Elise Logan says:

    They’re pacing themselves. Next week they’re going to offer Fall of the House of Usher and the Complete Works of Shakespeare.

    *shakes head*

  3. 3
    PrettyNicola says:

    Ok, plus, I did download this ereader for my PC, and I only got TWO books plus the ereader manual.  And one of those books was “The Last of the Mohicans” and not “Pride and Prejudice”.

  4. 4

    Thank you for the idea!
    You won’t believe it, but I did share the link of Project Gutenberg with a very good friend of mine one day ago!
    Internet Archive is also worth to know!
    Yours thankfully,
    MINA JADE

  5. 5
    Lisa Hendrix says:

    And they don’t even give all 6 books to Mac users. I only got 4.

    What, did Gates buy B&N, while I wasn’t looking?

    (lol…Captcha is yes23)

  6. 6
    Christina says:

    Lol. I saw that earlier, and that’s EXACTLY what I was thinking. What a ridiculous ploy. They probably could have coerced some current, reputable authors to provide a limited number of ebooks (like for the first several thousand) in exchange for wide exposure. Sheesh.

  7. 7
    iHawk says:

    Sadly you don’t get the free books if you’re on a Mac.

  8. 8
    ghn says:

    You don’t get those books because you are on a Mac? Therre is an easy solytion to that – go to the Gutenberg site or to http://www.manybooks.net and download the books from there.

    Hmmm. Period 86. I am sure there are at least 86 other sites where you can get those titles for free as well.

  9. 9
    jeannene says:

    I downloaded this and it really works! This is great,

  10. 10
    CourtneyLee says:

    I think this “giveaway” is to promote their upcoming ereader, th Plastic Logic monstrosity, and yet another proprietary DRM’d format. Ugh.

    call78: I call DRM 78 kinds of dumb

  11. 11
    AnimeJune says:

    Yeeesh. Makes me glad they don’t have Barnes and Nobles in Canada.

    Ehhh, I’ve never really gotten behind the e-book phenomenon yet. Matter of personal taste (I need to turn physical pages).

    Anyhoo – Smart Bitches, I nominated you guys for a Kreativ Blogger Award on my blog! Thanks for being such an inspiration blog and sucking me into the romance genre!

  12. 12
    Kalen Hughes says:

    Girle Books is a great place to get nicely formatted FREE versions of copyright free books (they have a nice selection that includes Austen, Heyer, Sayers, Orczy, Gaskell, Wharton, Burney, Edgeworth, Radcliffe, and more).

  13. 13
    S. W. Vaughn says:

    What. A. Bargain. :-)

  14. 14
    Jennifer says:

    I’ll say something nice about B&N: they let my writer’s group meet there after Borders kicked us out to have fake college and then close the store.

    But that said, between this and paying for their book club and their very occasional, chintzy coupons…um, yeah, I wouldn’t be in B&N other than for book club meetings.

  15. 15
    Shayera says:

    Huh. Pride and Prejudice (Without Zombies) and Sense and Sensibility (Sans Seamonsters). Gee, I wonder what they’re trying to capitalize on.

  16. 16
    Cassie says:

    I got a notice of this too, which I promptly ignored.  I don’t need yet another program to read ebooks on my computer, and I’m not impressed by free books that I could get for free anyway.  Give me a break.  I’m perfectly happy with my eBookwise and getting ebooks from ARe or direct from the publishers.

    If they’d try giving me a good coupon, like Borders, or beating everyone’s prices, like Amazon, they might actually get my business.

  17. 17
    Has says:

    Well Sony gave me 100 free ebooks on a CD no downloading and free storage! :P

  18. 18
    Monica Kaye says:

    I agree that free ebooks are great and anytime I can find Mac compatibility, I’m in love.  But come on!  NO FREE EBOOK FOR THE MAC?!?!  That’s just wrong.

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    Jasmine says:

    Also B&N brags about their brand spankin new ebook store “Choose from more than 700,000 titles, many at $9.99 each!”  WHAT?!  For 7.99 I can get a dead tree book.  I thought one of the ideas of ebooks was cheaper?

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