Once again, B&N are giving away ebooks they don’t own

Barnes and Noble announced a new promotion today, and like the last one, B&N will be giving away public domain ebooks. From the press release:

Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS), the world's largest bookseller, today announced a new promotion offering book lovers a free and easy way to enjoy timeless classics and build their personal BN digital library. With the Barnes & Noble Classics promotion, customers will enjoy a free weekly slate of high-quality, special edition classic eBooks to enjoy on a variety of platforms, including NOOK eBook Readers, iPad®, PC and other mobile and computing devices using BN eReader software.

At no cost, customers will have the ability to amass a large digital library of enduring works of literature that can be taken and enjoyed anywhere they go.  Each week for a limited time only during the summer, choose from approximately ten free eBooks, all available for immediate download at no cost. Barnes & Noble kicks off the promotion today with "Books That Made Us Love Reading," including longtime favorites such as Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Grimm's Fairy Tales, Little Women, Peter Pan, Secret Garden, Tarzan of the Apes, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, Treasure Island, and Wind in the Willows. The theme and selection of free titles will change each Friday.  Upcoming weekly themes include romance, fantasy, adventure, and books that inspired movies.

You can get those ebooks for free anywhere on the web. Heck, you can get them for free in the Kindle Store.  Wow, what a great promotion.

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader:"I've been into reading ebooks since forever, but I only got my first ereader in July 2007. Everything quickly spiraled out of control from there. Before I started this blog in January 2010 I covered ebooks, ebook readers, and digital publishing for about 2 years as a part of MobileRead Forums. It's a great community, and being a member is a joy. But I thought I could make something out of how I covered the news for MobileRead, so I started this blog."

4 Comments on Once again, B&N are giving away ebooks they don’t own

  1. At least they’re not giving away ebooks that belong to someone else!

  2. These “giveaways” always make me roll my eyes.

  3. While you are complaining maybe you should understand something. B&N sells these books in their stores. These editions have additional author and historical forwards that other editions do not. Maybe you should actually look at these books before you whine like a little baby. Yes you can always get other editions for free elsewhere but do they have the quality of what B&N is giving away?

  4. At least you can download these with a built-in assumption that they will be formatted nicely for use on the Nook – I’ve had hit-or-miss experiences with Gutenberg copies, although Feedbooks ePUB files tend to be pretty well-done.

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