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#1  Postby catbasket » Nov 08, 2015 3:14 pm

Anyone use bookbub.com to get free or reduced price ebooks? Books are mainly from Amazon, though some are also available from Nook, Apple iBooks, Google or Kobo.

One review of their service here.

I signed up a week or so back and so far there seems to be no catch ... it's free, they send me daily emails which usually have one or two free books plus others which are reduced, from the genres I said I was interested in.

Just for info, here are the free books they emailed me about and I've downloaded -

Fire & Ice By Patty Jansen
Beneath the City of Glass lies a mystical power known as icefire. The few who can wield it are typically left for dead — but fugitive Isandor and imprisoned queen Jevaithi will risk everything to survive… An icy, epic fantasy!

Hunter/Prey By Sam Sisavath
Allie only has one chance to exact revenge on the serial killer she’s planned to murder for the last 10 years. But she knows it won’t be easy — he’ll fight, just like his victims did. And only one of them will get out alive...

Quarter Share By Nathan Lowell
Overcoming a tragic past, Ishmael joins an eccentric crew on a deep-space treasure hunt. Can he find his place among the stars? With nearly 300 five-star reviews on Amazon, a “stunningly eloquent” sci-fi adventure (Michael J. Sullivan).

Parallax View By Allan Leverone
In the midst of the Cold War, CIA agent Tracie Tanner has to deliver a message from Gorbachev to Reagan. But there are dangerous foes that will do anything to keep her from completing the mission…

The Book of Deacon By Joseph R. Lallo
A dramatic tale with over 800 five-star reviews on Amazon. When Myranda finds a valuable piece of cargo in a war-torn region, she sets off on an epic adventure that will change her life — and the fate of the whole world.

Justice Overdue By Rayven T. Hill
Private investigators Jake and Annie are looking forward to a relaxing weekend getaway — until a ruthless escaped convict turns their vacation into a nightmare. An action-packed thriller that will keep you riveted to the end!

Stateline By Dave Stanton
When a billionaire’s son is murdered on his wedding night, Dan Reno is offered a massive bounty to find the killer. Reno needs the reward, but the investigation soon turns deadly, fraught with crooked cops and shady dealings. Will he solve the crime or become the next victim?

Brass in Pocket By Stephen Puleston
When two traffic officers are murdered on a quiet mountain pass, Inspector Drake races to decipher the messages of a deranged killer. Can Drake confront his own rituals and obsessions in time to solve the case?

Out of the Past By Renée Pawlish
Investigator Reed Ferguson gets more than he bargained for when he takes a job as bodyguard to spoiled rich girl Stephanie McMahon. Stephanie’s father has enemies, and as the body count climbs, Reed is in for the case of a lifetime! Funny and captivating with nearly 250 five-star Amazon reviews.



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#2  Postby UncertainSloth » Nov 08, 2015 4:17 pm

aye, signed up a year or so ago - there's the occasional nugget in the email notifications amidst a shedload of derivative tat...found i downloaded quite a few to begin with then it was all dreadful fantasy, werewolf and scifi clones....

but its certainly a good way to keep on top of free & cheap books
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#3  Postby laklak » Nov 08, 2015 4:50 pm

I've got about 5000 I got from my father in law, it's a library that's been passed around and added to many times. Some good stuff there and some not so good, there's even some werewolf porn. If anyone is interested shoot me a message with an email address, I'll send it on, it's about 2 G.
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#4  Postby catbasket » Nov 08, 2015 6:23 pm

UncertainSloth wrote:aye, signed up a year or so ago - there's the occasional nugget in the email notifications amidst a shedload of derivative tat...found i downloaded quite a few to begin with then it was all dreadful fantasy, werewolf and scifi clones....

but its certainly a good way to keep on top of free & cheap books

The bolded bits are what I expected. Though I must admit I haven't read any of the downloads yet to confirm.
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#5  Postby RDW » Nov 14, 2015 11:43 pm

Never tried Bookhub, but I'm a sucker for the Kindle Daily Deal at http://www.amazon.co.uk/kindledailydeal , and the Monthly Deals (plus the big '12 Days of Kindle' Christmas sale). Usually 99p, sometimes a bit more. Ranges from the usual trashy thrillers and romances to literary fiction and non-fiction (they seem quite fond of Ben Mcintyre's historical spy books, which turn up regularly). Picked up Timur Vermes's Hitler satire 'Look Who's Back' and David Mitchell's 'Black Swan Green' in the last 3 weeks. These deals first introduced me to Mitchell (Cloud Atlas, not Peep Show), with 'The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet' on offer a couple of years ago.
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#6  Postby Fallible » Nov 15, 2015 12:07 am

I love Mitchell.
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#7  Postby monkeyboy » Nov 15, 2015 12:11 am

Feel free to call me ignorant, I truly am about these things. Can you just read these books on an android tablet? And how do you get them on there? I have an original kindle someone bought me and I have a few books on there but I basically still like actual books. I did like the convenience of not carrying too many books on holidays etc but resented paying, often more for an electronic book than I could pick up a paper version. If I could put books on my tablet, that would be better.

If anyone has the patience to explain in really basic language how this all works or if you could point me at somewhere I can learn.
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#8  Postby Fallible » Nov 15, 2015 12:34 am

Most ebook suppliers have apps that you can download from the app store so that you can read ebooks on your tablet. Kindle, Kobo and Nook all have their own apps through which you can read any books you've purchased through those suppliers. So they books you downloaded onto your kindle you could access on your tablet if you downloaded the kindle app.
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#9  Postby RDW » Nov 15, 2015 3:30 pm

Another option is to remove the DRM ('digital rights management') encryption from the ebook file, which is designed to restrict copying and to lock you in to using only the devices and apps approved by a particular provider:

http://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/ebook-drm-5-reasons-to-free-your-kindle-library

To do this, you typically:

(a) Download the ebook from the provider's store using their PC app.
(b) Install the Calibre ebook manager from http://www.calibre-ebook.com
(c) Get the DRM removal tools from https://apprenticealf.wordpress.com and follow the instruction to install the appropriate Calibre plugin.
(d) Import the ebook you downloaded in step (a) into Calibre. If (c) worked properly, the DRM will be removed automatically.

This sounds a little complicated, but is pretty seamless and straightforward once the software is installed. You now have an unencrypted file you can convert into any format you choose using Calibre (epub is popular and pretty universal - most Android e-readers will handle it), and copy to the device of your choice without restrictions. Disclaimer: obviously check your local law if you're worried about the legal implications of removing DRM, and don't use it to share the decrypted files on the Internet.
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#10  Postby catbasket » Nov 15, 2015 3:44 pm

What RDW said.

Calibre is great for organising your ebook library and converting from one format to another, you can add the de-DRM plug-in to remove DRM so you can use non-proprietary ebook readers and much much more ...

I use Calibre's built-in e-reader on pc, and the highly customisable Cool Reader on Android tablet and phone.

On Windows (10 in my case) the Kindle ebooks from Amazon are stored in Documents/My Kindle Content and the encrypted book files will be named something like B00746WF4C_EBOK.azw. If you de-DRM import them into Calibre they auto-magically get the correct title and author(s) too.
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#11  Postby RDW » Nov 15, 2015 3:46 pm

Fallible wrote:I love Mitchell.
Yes, Mitchell is excellent! 'Black Swan Green' is the last one I have left to read - I've enjoyed all the others.
Edit: I see 'Slade House' is out now, so two to go.
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#12  Postby Fallible » Nov 15, 2015 4:15 pm

Ah yeah, I was looking at that the other day. One for the Xmas list.
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#13  Postby Fallible » Nov 15, 2015 4:17 pm

:doh: I forgot about Calibre, I have that. Yes, it's a good idea to do that.
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#14  Postby RDW » Nov 22, 2015 2:31 am

Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-Five is 99p today (Sun 22 Nov): http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B003XVYLDU
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#15  Postby The_Metatron » Nov 22, 2015 2:40 am

RDW wrote:Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-Five is 99p today (Sun 22 Nov): http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B003XVYLDU

I listened to that book in audio format. The old guys at the coffee shop where I worked as a kid told war stories as good.


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#16  Postby monkeyboy » Nov 22, 2015 9:04 am

I still can't make any of these things work except for my kindle account. I've managed to put the kindle app on different stuff and books I've bought on my kindle account work fine but as for stuff sourced elsewhere, I'm not managing to open them.
I'm considering moving out of my house and into a cave. I did consider a mud hut but that might be a bit techy for me. I'm so not a nerd.
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#17  Postby RDW » Nov 22, 2015 11:37 am

Best to take it one step at a time. Apart from Amazon, what other ebook stores do you use, and does each one have a PC version of the downloading/viewing app (assuming you have a PC)? The easiest method is probably to get all your books downloaded on to the same PC using the individual apps, and then find out (or ask here) where each app stores downloaded books (see catbasket's post for where Kindle books are stored). You can then start to think about removing DRM and converting everything to a universal format, which I'm sure people here can help you with. With any luck you'll be able to upgrade all the way from the cave to a log cabin!
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#18  Postby RDW » Nov 22, 2015 11:45 am

The_Metatron wrote:
RDW wrote:Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-Five is 99p today (Sun 22 Nov): http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B003XVYLDU

I listened to that book in audio format. The old guys at the coffee shop where I worked as a kid told war stories as good.

Vonnegut certainly divides readers (One star Amazon reviews: 'Yet another American author who thinks his own inane ramblings with no discernible plot can be regarded somehow as a masterpiece', 'Kept going all over the place, from Mr Vonnegut's time in the war to a bloke who had been abducted by aliens and I really can't say I enjoyed where it was going in the end', 'After 130 pages of 170 I could not take any more of "So it goes" so I gave up', 'A sardonic pointless book, which is a waste of time to read, and was a waste of time to write. It has a similar mocking tone at life as Catch 22, another book to deal with war, sacrifice, truth, good and evil, with belittling amorality.'). But people who like his stuff tend to love it.
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#19  Postby monkeyboy » Nov 22, 2015 12:31 pm

RDW wrote:Best to take it one step at a time. Apart from Amazon, what other ebook stores do you use, and does each one have a PC version of the downloading/viewing app (assuming you have a PC)? The easiest method is probably to get all your books downloaded on to the same PC using the individual apps, and then find out (or ask here) where each app stores downloaded books (see catbasket's post for where Kindle books are stored). You can then start to think about removing DRM and converting everything to a universal format, which I'm sure people here can help you with. With any luck you'll be able to upgrade all the way from the cave to a log cabin!

I think some of it is down to my neanderthal approach to life. If it can't be fixed with a good thump, it's too complicated.
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#20  Postby RDW » Nov 22, 2015 12:33 pm

Fair enough!
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