Since the Kindle is still Amazon's bestselling item, I thought I'd write a post of free educational books you can download onto the new Kindle, whether you're the one receiving one or giving one.
Don't have a Kindle? No problem! You can read Kindle books on your iPad (lucky you), iPhone, or even right on your computer screen.
I've had my Kindle (pictured above) for two years now. I justified the expense (at the time, $349; now it sells for just $259) because of all the free books I could put on the Kindle and would no longer have to buy. There are a few other reasons* I think the purchase price was worth it, but first, here are some links to free Kindle content:
from Jane Austen to Mark Twain to Greek books, FreeKindleBooks.org has links to thousands of free Kindle-format-ready books...
There are alsofree books available straight from Amazon, new and old. Often, free books are offered as special limited time offers (note: the titles are not all suitable for children). Many classics are free straight from Amazon.
There are many, many other sites to list. If enough of you are interested, I may start a Kindle category. I think the Kindle - and devices based on it - may be in the near future for most students. Imagine not carrying those heavy textbooks across campus!
* A few of those other reasons I justified buying my Kindle, even at the higher price it was then:
- It can hold thousands of books and magazines (even more with a memory card added to it) so I only have to carry one thing
- Amazon saves every single thing - even the notes I write in the books - so I don't have to worry about losing my Kindle content
- The web browser. It is in black & white and the browsing is not the fastest thing, but I use the web browser often to check the news or my email and I like having it for emergencies. One time we were lost in the shady side of a new-to-us city and I used my Kindle to view an online map to find out way out. Whew.
- There are no monthly fees at all. I mostly download free content. So, since my Kindle is two years old, it is a real bargain at $349* divided by 24 months of usage (and counting!). It's much cheaper than my cell phone is! (*the Kindle is now $259)
Do you have Kindle? If you do, chime in!
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