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Kindle eBook reader for PC

Postby Keith » Sat Jun 09, 2012 2:15 am

You don't need a Amazon Kindle to get eBooks from Amazon. If you have a PC you can get a PC application that will read eBooks from Amazon via their Kindle store.

I downloaded the PC version of the Kindle reader:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html/ref=kcp_pc_mkt_lnd?docId=1000426311

Readers for other devices are available from the store.

http://www.amazon.com/kindle-store-ebooks-newspapers-blogs/b/ref=topnav_storetab_kstore?ie=UTF8&node=133141011

Once installed, you can browse in the Amazon Kindle ebook store using your web browser .

Free books on Kindle as being available on Kindle and have a "Kindle price" of $0.00.

To download the book you click on the buy button. This takes you to a "Manage Your Kindle" page. Click on the button there and the book is sent to the "Library" on your PC Kindle reader app.

Some free books require a "Prime" membership and aren't free to non-members. You can join Prime for a fee, but don't ask me what it is I didn't look. Book that require Prime are marked that way next to the "$0.00" price.

Other books range in price from $0.99 on up.

I grabbed over 24 free books on Rome, Greece and Egypt.

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Postby Amrine » Sat Jun 09, 2012 11:37 am

Prime is pretty pricey, imo. You have to buy alot to cover the fee :)

I bought my Kindle two years ago, and I have never regretted it. I cleaned out TONS of books and they are replaced by one slim Kindle reader. I bet I had over 5000 books......

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Postby jecciffy » Tue Jan 15, 2013 5:07 am

If you don’t have a Kindle, you don’t have to keep wishing you could read all of those books in an electronic format. A few months ago, I posted an article telling you how to Find and Read Tons of Free E-Books with FBReader. If all you need to do is read free e-books, that’s the application I would recommend for your PC.

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Postby Marius » Wed Jan 16, 2013 10:47 pm

Baen free library is smaller than it used to be and there is a chance the free ebook cd's may disappear in the near future as Baen made a deal to also sell their ebooks on Amazon. They will continue to sell their DRM free versions at http://www.baenebooks.com

The CD archives are still available for now.
http://baencd.thefifthimperium.com/
http://baencd.freedoors.org/

For those unaware, Baen has put CD's with dozens of ebooks from the author in First Editions of ~ 24 hardcovers. Large portions of David Drake, John Ringo and Eric Flint's material are there. These CD's are Free to copy and distribute, however Lois McMaster Bujold asked Baen to have her compilation CD taken down from the websites and individual ebooks are no longer downloadable from http://baencd.thefifthimperium.com/ BUT you can download the complete CD's.

As there is no DRM and you are free to copy and distribute the CD contents you could use Calibre to convert to whatever format your device needs.
Note that Baen retains the copyright so you may NOT sell the ebooks or CD's.

Happy reading.
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Postby PantherX » Mon Jan 21, 2013 4:24 am

over 40k books in the Gutenberg Project

http://www.gutenberg.org/

Most of the books come in many formats from Text to PDF and just about everything in between.

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Postby Hippocratia » Thu May 02, 2013 11:03 am

For an easier way to search for freebies on the Amazon Kindle site, I would recommend http://uk.ereaderiq.com/freebies/ as the site of choice for many of the Amazon Kindle Forum regulars. It is good for tracking price drops and books that you would like to be kindleized as well.

Project Gutenberg does have around 40k books in the public domain, and it uses an army of volunteers to assist with the process of converting out-of-copyright paper books into ebooks. For anyone with a bit of time on their hands, the relevant website for volunteers is http://www.pgdp.net/c/ It is hard work, but surprisingly rewarding.

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Postby arcan » Sun May 05, 2013 8:47 am

One thing I don't like with amazons ebooks are the drm. impossible to buy a book from the computer and then transfer it to the kindle. bloody absurd.
Otherwise i much prefer reading on the kindle than on a computer or a tablet.
And if you prefer reading books that are newer than the ones in gutemberg, there are some sites with pretty good webwriters. just have to go through the commentaries to see if it's junk or not...

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Postby Hippocratia » Sun May 05, 2013 5:31 pm

"arcan" wrote:One thing I don't like with amazons ebooks are the drm. impossible to buy a book from the computer and then transfer it to the kindle. bloody absurd.
Otherwise i much prefer reading on the kindle than on a computer or a tablet.
And if you prefer reading books that are newer than the ones in gutemberg, there are some sites with pretty good webwriters. just have to go through the commentaries to see if it's junk or not...


Actually once you've bought a kindle book you can download it to any kindles registered to your account or to Kindle for PC, or to both. The only thing you can't do is transfer the computer file to the kindle because they work in different ways. The DRM at Amazon is pretty good compared to other places - you can have the same book on up to six devices at the same time, as long as they are all registered to the same account.

Regarding webwriters and whatever else you are suggesting about obtaining ebooks in other ways: caveat emptor and all that. Out of copyright ebooks are public domain, authors have the right to be paid for their copyright material unless they have provided it free of charge.

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Postby arcan » Tue May 07, 2013 2:35 pm

I was indeed refeering to authors providing free works. There are indeed a lot of them.

As for the drm problem, it get worse if someone wants to buy an ebook on amazon to read it not on a kindle (so no account) but on another reader. It's simply impossible...

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Postby PantherX » Wed May 08, 2013 1:25 am

"arcan" wrote:
As for the drm problem, it get worse if someone wants to buy an ebook on amazon to read it not on a kindle (so no account) but on another reader. It's simply impossible...


not 100% true...
There are Kindle reader apps for Android, IOS, Windows and MAC and you can read any Kindle e-Book using their app. So in a way your correct there are plenty of operating systems that do not have a Kindle application and if you want to use another reader you are Simply Out of Luck.
And you will not be able to read items from the Lenders Library unless it's an actual Kindle.

But then, I read more paid book than free books and for paid books I buy Amazon most often.

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Postby Hippocratia » Wed May 08, 2013 8:58 am

"arcan" wrote:I was indeed refeering to authors providing free works. There are indeed a lot of them.

As for the drm problem, it get worse if someone wants to buy an ebook on amazon to read it not on a kindle (so no account) but on another reader. It's simply impossible...


That would be because other ereaders use EPub and Kindle uses Amazon's AZW format. There were some noises from Amazon about adding EPub format to Kindle, but they don't confirm anything until it is being rolled out.


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