5 Sites With Truly Free eBooks

Free ebook sites are so common now that they are not just a dime a dozen, they’re a dime a gross. All of the major ebook stores have free ebooks, and you can find even more free (and legal) sites with a simple Google search.

But sometimes I need a site that has ebooks worth reading, doesn’t have DRM, and doesn’t require an account. And that’s why I put together this list of I go to when I need reading material and am in a hurry. Continue reading

Free eBook App: Turbo Movie Storybook

Amazon gives away a free Android app everyday in their appstore, and today’s free app is also an ebook.

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Turbo is a new movie from Dreamworks, and it features a snail that dreams of one day being fast enough to win races:

Turbo Movie Storybook lets fans ride along for the greatest under-snail story of all time. Turbo has big dreams of becoming a race car driver like his hero, Guy Gagné, but his brother Chet doesn’t understand his need for speed. Turbo believes that no dreams are too big and no dreamer too small. Will Turbo make his dreams come true and race in the Indy 500? Join Turbo, Chet, Tito, Whiplash, Smoove Move, Burn, and colorful cast of characters to find out if Turbo can cross the finish line!

This app includes professional narration, images and audio from the movie. It’s only free today, and to get it you’ll first need to install the Amazon Appstore.

5 Free Graphic Novels for Your Kindle

5120vjJbCWL._SS500_[1]It’s a new year, and if you’re like me you have new gadgets. It’s time to fill them up with content.

Here are 5 free graphic novels from the Kindle Store and iBookstore. All of these titles can be read on the Kindle Fire Android tablets or on the Kindle iPad and Android apps, and some can even be read on the Kindle ereaders. If you don’t have any of those gadgets you can also read these titles in your web browser. Continue reading

Author’s eBook Giveaway Runs Afoul of Google Copyright Bots

pythonbookApparently Google has a problem with its ads being posted on sites that “distribute copyrighted materials.” (Never mind that this should mean they shouldn’t have ads on any sites, given that under the law any material that is created is instantly copyrighted to its creator.) Techdirt’s Mike Masnick posts about technical author Cody Jackson, who decided to give away electronically a book he wrote about the Python programming language as a way to give back to the open source community—which resulted in Google disabling AdSense ads on his site because of this violation of its policy.

Puzzled, Jackson pointed out that he is the author and copyright holder of the work in question, and he had explicitly granted permission for this distribution. No dice, Google said. So he removed the links to torrents on Pirate Bay and Demonoid, even though he felt they were still perfectly legitimate…and Google still refused to reinstate ads on his site, apparently because he had the temerity to mention Pirate Bay and Demonoid—but Google won’t actually explain exactly why.

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