Welcome to Monday Morning Fika! Today Celeste Jones has come back to talk more about ebooks. She was our very first Fika guest, and so many people were interested in her beginner’s introduction to ebooks that I asked her to come back today. She’s offering her grandmother’s sugar cookies for the discussion today. Yum! Also, she’s giving away a copy of her newest book, The Birthday Wish, to one lucky commenter today. Here’s a hint: she likes cookies. 😀
Free to All: How to Enjoy eBooks Without an eReader or a Big Budget
I know many of you are excited about Ana’s book, The Vengeance of Mrs. Claus, but you might wonder how you’ll be able to read it if you don’t have an eReader like a Kindle, Nook or iPad. Maybe you read books on with a Kindle App on your phone, but your eyes might like to try reading on a bigger screen with larger font. Or you might want to get an eReader but you don’t want to spend a ton of money on books. Well, I’m here today to share some budget minded tips to do both.
How do I read ebooks without an ereader? Like last time, I’ll be talking solely about Amazon because that’s what I know. Sorry B&N. First go to Amazon.com and find a book you’d like to read. Now look over to the right at the green box with the yellow buy button in it. In that same box you’ll see some blue print that says “Available on your pc”. If you click there you can download a Kindle app (for free!) to your computer. Do this from the computer or device on which you want the app downloaded. A nice little kindle icon will appear on your desk top.
If you want to test drive the kindle app on your pc before buying, it will come with a few books already loaded. Mine came with Pride and Prejudice, which is one of my favorites. Just click on one of those books and read a few pages to see if you like it reading a book on your computer. I bet you will.
Once you have the app on your computer, you can download books. Log in to your account on Amazon. Find a book you’d like to buy. Now look at that same yellow box and it will say “Buy now with 1-click” and “Deliver to (your) kindle for PC.” Click the yellow button and voila, the book will be delivered to the kindle app on your desk top.
Look at you! You’re reading an ebook!
Next question: How do I get great books without spending a fortune? Well, for one thing, most ebooks are priced at $2.99 and below which is at least half of what most paperback books cost. However, I know that with click and buy it is easy to spend a bit more than you expected in just a few minutes.
Good News: There are many free books available.
Free? Why would someone give away their book? Good question. Many writers, including myself, list their books for free for a few days in order to get more exposure to new readers. I did a free promo for my book Underwear Probation and as a result, sales of my other books have increased. I’ve found many authors will do a free promo for the first or second book in a series hoping that you’ll get hooked and want to read, and buy, the other books in the series.
Where do I find the free books? www.kindlespice.com lists free erotic books on a daily basis, so that’s a good place to start. www.fkbooksandtips.com lists free books from all categories. Amazon also has lists of top 100 free books, as well as the top 100 free books in different categories like erotica, romance, regency and a variety of non-fiction topics as well.
Once you find one of those free books that you’d like to read and you’ve downloaded it, take a look at the “customers who bought this book also bought” list below that book and you’ll probably find a few other free books there too. It’s like a scavenger hunt!
On twitter you can search for hashtags like #kindlefreebie or #freebook.
Warning: Double check to make sure the book is still free before you download. Most free promotions last five days or less so if you find a link to a free book that was posted a couple days ago, it might not still be free.
Another way to get free books is to win them by entering contests on blogs. I know some of you have won books already this month with Ana’s Advent Calendar. Many bloggers give away books particularly when they are hosting a writer who is promoting a new book. In fact, I’ll be giving away a copy of one of my books, The Birthday Wish, to one lucky commenter today.
Amazon Prime. Again, I’m not getting a kick back from Amazon, even though it might look that way. I am not a member of Amazon Prime, but I know a little bit about it and I’m sure a few others out there might have information to share. Amazon Prime costs $79 per year. Members get free two day shipping, streaming video of TV shows and movies, and can borrow one book per month for free from the books that are part of the Kindle Owners Lenders Library (KOLL). Books which are part of this program usually say “Borrow Free With Amazon Prime”.
Now that you have saved so much money, you’ll have plenty leftover to buy The Vengeance of Mrs. Claus and maybe even one of my books too.
Thanks for having me Ana.