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.
I've had my Kindle (pictured above) for two years now. I justified the expense (at the time, $349; now it sells for just $139) 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 over 25,000 free books at ManyBooks.net...
There are also free 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 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 our way out. Whew.
- There are no monthly fees at all. I mostly download free content. So, since my Kindle is two-and-a-half years old, it is a real bargain at $349* divided by 30 months of usage (and counting!). It's much cheaper than my cell phone is! (*the Kindle is now $139!)
Do you have Kindle? If you do, chime in with where you find free content for your Kindle!
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