free books http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/8952/all en-US 12 Podcasts Bookworms Will Love http://www.wisebread.com/12-podcasts-bookworms-will-love <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/12-podcasts-bookworms-will-love" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/schoolgirl_with_headphones_and_book_resting_on_bench.jpg" alt="Schoolgirl with headphones and book resting on bench" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I have been known to read while cooking, showering, walking the dog, and on one memorable occasion, at a concert. On more than one occasion when I have been behind the wheel, I have seriously considered whipping a book out at stoplights to continue a story that has gripped me.</p> <p>Unfortunately, even though I have tested the limits of where one can responsibly and comfortably read, you can't read books all the time. And even though audiobooks can scratch the reading itch for many of those instances when it's simply impossible to bury your nose in a book, there can be times when readers need something a little different.</p> <p>There's where reading and book-related podcasts come in. With these podcasts, not only can you listen to people talking about your favorite subject, but you can also get some great suggestions for what to read next and get some new insight into stories, authors, books, and subjects that you hadn't thought of before.</p> <p>If you are looking for your next great book-related listen, consider one of these 12 podcasts for bookworms. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-great-apps-for-book-lovers?ref=seealso" target="_blank">11 Great Apps for Book Lovers</a>)</p> <h2>1. Book Club Appetizer</h2> <p>This show describes itself as a &quot;snackable podcast to help kick off book club meetings or enhance solo reading.&quot; Each episode of <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/book-club-appetizer/id1059532301?mt=2" target="_blank">Book Club Appetizer</a> focuses on a single title. The hosts, Abbe and Emma from the book blog <a href="http://www.readitforward.com/" target="_blank">Read It Forward</a>, recap the chosen book, talk about some of the big ideas, questions, and details of the story, and then invite the book's author into the studio for an interview and a brief reading from the book.</p> <h2>2. All the Books!</h2> <p><a href="https://bookriot.com/" target="_blank">Book Riot</a> covers all book and literature-related news, reviews, commentary, and advice for diverse readers. The site hosts a number of book-related podcasts that are sure to tickle any reader's fancy.</p> <p><a href="https://bookriot.com/listen/shows/allthebooks/" target="_blank">All the Books!</a> is one of Book Riot's outstanding weekly podcasts. It has recommendations and discussions about the most interesting and exciting new releases for the week. The hosts of <em>All the Books!</em> have a great chemistry and banter and their love of all the books they are reading very clearly shines through. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-easiest-ways-to-score-free-ebooks?ref=seealso" target="_blank">5 Easiest Ways to Score Free eBooks</a>)</p> <h2>3. Book Riot: The Podcast</h2> <p>Another podcast from Book Riot, this weekly show focuses on what's new and interesting in the world of books and reading. <a href="https://bookriot.com/listen/shows/thepodcast/" target="_blank">Book Riot: The Podcast</a> is where you can go to learn about everything from upcoming movie adaptations of your favorite books to news about major literary awards to reports about the publishing industry.</p> <h2>4. Hey YA</h2> <p>Young adult literature gets the love and elevation it deserves in this brand-new weekly podcast from Book Riot. <a href="https://bookriot.com/listen/shows/heyya/" target="_blank">Hey YA</a> discusses everything from new titles to classic reads in the YA genre, as well as news about film adaptations and opinions about which traditional writers should attempt YA lit.</p> <h2>5. Read or Dead</h2> <p>If you love mystery and thriller novels, the <a href="https://bookriot.com/listen/shows/readordead/" target="_blank">Read or Dead</a> podcast is for you. This twice monthly show from Book Riot includes discussions about mystery and suspense tropes as well as recommendations for future reading.</p> <h2>6. SFF Yeah!</h2> <p>Science fiction and fantasy fans get their own twice monthly podcast with <a href="https://bookriot.com/listen/shows/sffyeah/" target="_blank">SFF Yeah!</a> from Book Riot. This show covers all aspects of the sci-fi and fantasy genres (with some discussions touching on horror), and offers great book recommendations and deep discussions about the genre.</p> <h2>7. KCRW's Bookworm</h2> <p>Michael Silverblatt, host of <a href="http://www.npr.org/podcasts/381444882/k-c-r-w-s-bookworm" target="_blank">Bookworm</a>, was once called <a href="https://www.believermag.com/issues/201006/?read=interview_silverblatt" target="_blank">the best reader in America by Norman Mailer</a>, and listening to this show will help you to read deeply and ask big questions of the books you read. Each week, Silverblatt interviews writers of both fiction and poetry to talk about their work. You can do a deep dive into the archives of this show, since it has been airing for over 20 years.</p> <h2>8. The Myths and Legends Podcast</h2> <p>Human beings have been telling stories for far longer than we've been writing them down. The <a href="https://www.mythpodcast.com/" target="_blank">Myths and Legends Podcast</a> introduces you to stories from myths, legends, and folklore from long ago &mdash; retelling these ancient stories with a modern sensibility and a dash of humor. Listening to this podcast can help you better understand the roots of your favorite tales.</p> <h2>9. The New Yorker: Fiction</h2> <p>In this podcast, host and <em>New Yorker</em> fiction editor Deborah Treisman invites an author with a published story in the <em>New Yorker </em>to choose a piece of fiction from the <em>New Yorker</em> archives to read and discuss. When you tune into the monthly <a href="https://www.newyorker.com/podcast/fiction" target="_blank">New Yorker: Fiction</a> podcast, you get to hear some of the best short stories ever written being discussed by some of today's best writers. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-great-side-jobs-for-book-lovers?ref=seealso" target="_blank">6 Great Side Jobs for Book Lovers</a>)</p> <h2>10. Overdue</h2> <p>Every reader has a stack of books in their &quot;to be read&quot; (TBR) pile that they just haven't gotten around to. <a href="http://overduepodcast.com/" target="_blank">Overdue</a> is the podcast that plunges into all of those older books that you've been meaning to read but just haven't opened yet. Each week, the hosts tackle one book from their backlog of &quot;overdue&quot; books, covering everything from classic literature to best sellers of bygone years to obscure works that you may not have heard of. The podcast posts its upcoming titles so you can read along with the hosts and listen after you have checked the book off your &quot;overdue&quot; list.</p> <h2>11. Smart Podcast, Trashy Books</h2> <p>Romance readers, rejoice! The hilarious writers behind the subversive romance fiction blog <a href="http://smartbitchestrashybooks.com/" target="_blank">Smart B*tches, Trashy Books</a> have a weekly podcast to discuss what's new, what's funny, and what's truly weird about romance novels. <a href="http://smartbitchestrashybooks.com/podcast/" target="_blank">Smart Podcast, Trashy Books</a> offers everything from author interviews to book recommendations to feminist discussion of romance tropes. If you know what a &quot;glittery hoo-ha&quot; is, then this is the podcast for you.</p> <h2>12. What Should I Read Next</h2> <p>Every reader knows the dreaded feeling of falling into a book rut. After finishing a great read, you might feel adrift trying to determine what book you should pick up next. Anne Bogel, host of <a href="https://modernmrsdarcy.com/what-should-i-read-next/" target="_blank">What Should I Read Next</a> and the blogger behind <a href="https://modernmrsdarcy.com/" target="_blank">Modern Mrs. Darcy</a>, interviews a new guest reader with every weekly podcast. Together, they discuss the books the guest loves, the books he or she hates, and what they are reading now. From there, Anne makes three book recommendations for what the guest can read next. Ultimately, every episode will give you some excellent ideas for new books to check out.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? 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Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-8"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-fun-podcasts-for-kids-that-parents-love-too">7 Fun Podcasts for Kids (That Parents Love, Too)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-great-apps-for-book-lovers">11 Great Apps for Book Lovers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-get-netflix-and-hulu-to-play-on-your-tv">How to Get Netflix and Hulu to Play on Your TV</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-reasons-to-choose-traditional-books-over-e-books">5 Reasons to Choose Traditional Books Over E-Books</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/17-cool-jobs-for-book-lovers">17 Cool Jobs for Book Lovers</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Entertainment Technology best books book lovers bookworms free books free podcasts new podcasts podcasts Wed, 08 Nov 2017 08:00:05 +0000 Emily Guy Birken 2049406 at http://www.wisebread.com 5 Easiest Ways to Score Free eBooks http://www.wisebread.com/5-easiest-ways-to-score-free-ebooks <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-easiest-ways-to-score-free-ebooks" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_72457041_XLARGE.jpg" alt="reading free ebooks" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I'm a bookworm. But the life of a bookworm can be an expensive one. Popular novels tend to be priced anywhere from $6 to $20. That's a pricey prospect for readers who tend to power through five, ten or more books every month.</p> <p>Throughout elementary school and college, I controlled the costs of books primarily by utilizing my public library. I haven't stepped foot in a library in three years, yet I still tend to pay less than $10 every month buying books. The large majority of my reading time is spent downloading and reading free ebooks. Here are five smart reading hacks that can eliminate your monthly book expenses entirely. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-smart-ways-to-save-on-audio-books?ref=seealso">8 Smart Ways to Save on Audio Books</a>)</p> <h2>1. Sign Up for Kindle Family Library</h2> <p>Kindle Family Library is a handy feature that allows you to link up to two adult and four child Amazon accounts. Once the accounts are linked, you have access to all the eBooks that the individual has purchased in the past. This can provide months of free reading.</p> <p>Once you have read all of the books in your shared library, you can then separate your accounts, wait 180 days, and then sync up with another family member or friend for access to <em>their </em>library.</p> <p>The only downside of linking accounts is that you will need to authorize the other individual to utilize the credit and debit cards you have on file. You need to trust the individual not to go on a wild shopping spree on your Amazon account.</p> <h2>2. Borrow ebooks From Strangers and Friends</h2> <p>Both Amazon and Barnes and Noble allow individuals to lend the books they bought for 14 days. This can allow you access to more books without directly linking up your accounts.</p> <p>You can supercharge your ability to borrow books by signing up for an online book lending community. Websites like <a href="http://booklending.com/">booklending.com</a> (Kindle), <a href="http://lendle.me/">Lendle</a> (Kindle), and <a href="http://ebookfling.com/f">eBookFling</a> (Kindle and Nook), all allow you to borrow and lend books to strangers.</p> <p>However, many of these lending sites (Lendle and eBookFling in particular) do expect you to lend books to other members in order to continue to borrow books yourself. If you don't already have a library of lendable books, or you don't plan on slowly expanding your library, you might not be able to utilize many of the online lending communities.</p> <h2>3. Read Non-Professional Stories Online</h2> <p>There are hundreds of solid stories self-published online for free on a variety of websites. Budding writers flock to sites like <a href="https://www.fictionpress.com/">FictionPress</a> to in order to practice the craft of writing. In exchange for an occasional review of a chapter or story, readers have the ability to dive into a potentially good book for free.</p> <p>Another non-professional option for the more geek-inclined is to start reading fanfiction. Fanfiction, for those who don't know, are stories that utilize the characters and setting of already existing television shows, movies, comics, or books. If you do delve into the world of free reading by devouring fanfiction, I would suggest starting with either <a href="https://www.fanfiction.net/">Fanfiction.net</a> or <a href="https://archiveofourown.org/">Archive of Our Own</a>.</p> <p>But there are a couple potential downsides of utilizing sites like FictionPress or Fanfiction.com to find good books.</p> <ul> <li>You can expect to find some sub-par writing due in part, to the fact that individuals of various skill levels publish on these types of sites. Try to choose more popular novels based on how many reviews, favorites, or follows they have.</li> <li>The majority of writers publish in these forums as chapters are completed. This process often leads to many writers abandoning stories mid-way. So search for completed stories when doing searches for potential novels.</li> </ul> <p>If fanfiction is for you, utilize an application within Calibre (a free eBook organizer) called&nbsp;<a href="https://github.com/JimmXinu/FanFicFare/wiki/SupportedSites">FanFicFare</a> to download the books onto your computer as either an ePub (Nook), a Mobi (Old Kindle), or an AZW3 (New Kindle) file.</p> <h2>4. Read Public Domain Books</h2> <p>You can keep your electronic bookshelf well stocked by simply sticking to reading books that are within the public domain. This means that anyone is free to use or re-use the book. You can find older classics like <em>Pride and Prejudice</em> by Jane Austen or <em>Oliver Twist</em> by Charles Dickens as part of public domain.</p> <p>Some of these books you can find for free on major eBook publishing sites. Others, you can locate on one of these 25 different&nbsp;<a href="http://ebookfriendly.com/free-public-domain-books-sources/">free public domain publication</a> websites. Many of the free-to-use websites allow you to choose which format (ePub, mobi, HTML) you would like to download the novel in.</p> <p>If you're unsatisfied with the file option available on the site you choose, you can always upload the file to Calibre and convert that file to one of your choice.</p> <h2>5. Check Author Websites for Free Short Stories and Novels</h2> <p>You might want to scope out your favorite author's websites for free novels or short stories. Many authors publish their older novels or short stories online as a gift to fans or in an attempt to attract new readers.</p> <p>And you can either read their stories online or utilize Internet applications like&nbsp;<a href="https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/send-to-kindle-for-google/cgdjpilhipecahhcilnafpblkieebhea">Send to Kindle</a> or&nbsp;<a href="http://ebookfriendly.com/how-to-send-any-web-page-to-ibooks-nook-or-kobo-app/">Readability</a> to send the chapters or short stories on the author's website to your ereader.</p> <p><em>How do you save money on ebooks? Share with us!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/samantha-stauf">Samantha Stauf</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-easiest-ways-to-score-free-ebooks">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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And oh, there were a lot of them: <em>Uncanny X-Men</em>, <em>X-Men</em>, <em>X-Force</em>, <em>X-Factor</em>, <em>Excalibur</em>, <em>Cable</em>, <em>Wolverine</em>...plus miniseries following characters like Gambit, Domino, and Rouge.</p> <p>As I grew older, I stopped reading X-Men; the story lines weren't really grabbing me anymore, but moreover, keeping up with several comic books each month was becoming a rather pricey hobby.</p> <p>Like most things, comics have only gotten more expensive over time &mdash; until recently, the two major comics publishers, Marvel and DC, were both selling individual issues for $3.99. In late 2010, both publishers wised up to the fact that the high cover prices were hurting them, and announced that they would&nbsp;<a href="http://www.comicsalliance.com/2010/10/07/marvel-and-dc-299-399/">change prices on most titles to $2.99</a>.</p> <p>Still, $2.99 is too expensive to make me resume monthly comic shop trips. I did, however, start reading comics again in the last few years. One of my friends had recommended Joss Whedon's run writing <em>Astonishing X-Men.</em> I picked up the trade paperbacks on sale at a store that was going out of business, and I was impressed by the sharp, funny take on characters I had loved as a kid, written for a more mature audience. That's when I realized that not only do I still really enjoy reading comic books, but there are plenty of ways to do so that are much cheaper than making those monthly comic-shop pilgrimages.(See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-to-get-free-books-on-any-smartphone">5 Ways to Read Free Books on Any Smartphone</a>)</p> <p>I've detailed a few methods for enjoying free or reduced-price comic books below. One note I will make about most of these methods, however, is that you need to be OK with not be completely up-to-date on story lines. If you can wait until issues are republished as trade paperbacks or are interested in catching up on older titles, though, these ways to read comic books for free will work well for you.</p> <h3>1. Visit the Library</h3> <p>You might be surprised by how many comic books your local library carries. Here in Philadelphia, the Free Library has several graphic novels in its catalog, from classic superhero tales like Alan Moore's <em>Watchmen</em> and the X-Men <em>Dark Phoenix Saga</em> to true-life tales like <em>Maus</em> and <em>The Complete Persepolis</em> to relatively recent titles and collections like <em>Runaways</em>, <em>Scott Pilgrim</em>, and <em>Batman: Year 100</em>.</p> <h3>2. Use Your Computer or Mobile Device</h3> <p>There are so many ways to read comic books for free or cheaply in the digital realm:</p> <ul> <li>Visit your favorite publisher's website. <a href="http://marvel.com/digital_comics/">Marvel</a> has its own digital section, and several publishers including&nbsp;<a href="http://www.dccomics.com">DC</a> and <a href="http://www.imagecomics.com/onlinecomics.php">Image</a>&nbsp;offer digital comics through <a href="http://www.comixology.com/">Comixology</a>. Some are free, while others are available for slightly lower than the price of the paper comic.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Read independent comics. Several independent comic artists and writers publish their work online for free, ranging from newspaper-style comic strips to ever-growing sci-fi tales. <a href="http://www.thewebcomiclist.com/">The Webcomic List</a> has listings for &quot;over 17,500 online comics&quot; and lets you browse by genre.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>I haven't used it myself, but e-book site <a href="http://www.wowio.com/">WOWIO</a> offers some free comic books for download, as well as a program where their &quot;sponsors hope to earn your business by covering the cost of your books.&quot;<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>The multi-platform comic-book reader&nbsp;<a href="http://graphic.ly/">Graphic.ly</a> offers some free comics on its site.&nbsp;</li> </ul> <h3>3. Trade in Old Comics</h3> <p>Many comic book shops will accept trade paperbacks or graphic novels that you've already read in exchange for store credit. Note that this doesn't really work for individual issues; unless you have remarkably old or notable comics, it's unlikely that your local comic shop will take them &mdash; another reason for you to not buy by-the-issue in the first place.</p> <h3>4. Buy Trades on Sale</h3> <p>The same comic book shops that will buy your used trades also sell them (who would've thought?) for less than the cover price. If you absolutely must get your trades and graphic novels new, keep an eye out for sales at comic book shops, or search for your desired comics on a site like <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-case-for-amazon">Amazon</a>, which often sells new books for less than their printed price.</p> <h3>5. Celebrate Free Comic Book Day</h3> <p>This is not a long-term solution, but it can be a fun event: The first Saturday in May each year, several comic-book publishers offer specially published <a href="http://www.freecomicbookday.com/">Free Comic Book Day</a> comics totally gratis at comic book stores across the country. It's an especially great event for kids.</p> <h3>6. Borrow</h3> <p>Not only is borrowing comics from friends free, but it's also a great way to get recommendations for new titles. One of my friends lent me the first five collections of Alan Moore's <em>Saga of the Swamp Thing</em>, a title that I never would have considered reading otherwise, but now love.</p> <p><em>Are you a comic-book reader? If so, do you have any other suggestions for reading comics on the cheap?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/meg-favreau">Meg Favreau</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-read-comic-books-for-free-or-almost-free">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-podcasts-bookworms-will-love">12 Podcasts Bookworms Will Love</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-easiest-ways-to-score-free-ebooks">5 Easiest Ways to Score Free eBooks</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/frugal-lessons-from-spider-man">Frugal Lessons from Spider-Man</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-never-pay-for-another-book">How to Never Pay for Another Book</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-celebrities-with-shockingly-low-net-worths">6 Celebrities With Shockingly Low Net Worths</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Entertainment comic books free books free comic day Wed, 23 Feb 2011 12:36:11 +0000 Meg Favreau 492049 at http://www.wisebread.com How to Never Pay for Another Book http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-never-pay-for-another-book <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-to-never-pay-for-another-book" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/books_1.jpg" alt="Books" title="Never Pay for Books Again" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="188" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you have a computer, iPhone, iPad, Blackberry, or Android device, you can download more books than you will ever be able to read for free. Here's how:</p> <p>Book publishers are finally beginning to move with the times and offer larger and larger selections of current and classic books in digital formats. Retailers like Amazon, Barnes &amp; Noble, and iTunes list those offerings and make many of them free for a limited time.</p> <h3>Amazon's Free Book List</h3> <p>You can find recently-written digital versions of books for free in the business, finance, self help, romance, science fiction, fantasy, classic, and children's categories. These books are usually only free for a day or two before Amazon rotates them out and features something else. You can keep an eye on the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&amp;location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2Fgp%2Fbestsellers%2Fdigital-text%2F154606011%3Fie%3DUTF8%26ref_%3Dpd_ts_zgc_kinc_154606011_more&amp;tag=dealswb-20&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957">top 100 free list</a> (on the right side of the linked page) to see what's current, or you can subscribe to our <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/bestdeals/today">daily deals list</a> and get the current offerings delivered to your email each day.</p> <p>To read the books for free, you will need to download Amazon's free Kindle Whispernet software for your chosen device. You can find the software next to the &quot;Add to cart&quot; button for any book you want to download.</p> <h3>Free Books from Barnes &amp; Noble</h3> <p>Barnes &amp; Noble released the &quot;Nook&quot; to compete with Amazon's Kindle. And, just like Amazon, they offer their software for free, so you don't need the device to take advantage of the free books. Scroll down on their&nbsp;<a href="http://gan.doubleclick.net/gan_click?lid=41000000031734273&amp;pubid=21000000000291524">Nook page</a> a bit, and find the link on the right to download the free Nook app for the iPhone, iPad, Android, or PC. Then check out their huge selection of <a href="http://gan.doubleclick.net/gan_click?lid=41000000028439241&amp;pubid=21000000000291524">free books</a>.</p> <h3>Free Books from iTunes</h3> <p>The iTunes App Store has thousands of classic and current books available for free. Just browse through the <a href="http://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/click?id=g519OIyP0is&amp;subid=0&amp;offerid=146261.1&amp;type=10&amp;tmpid=3909&amp;RD_PARM1=http%3A%2F%2Fitunes.apple.com%2Fus%2Fgenre%2Fmobile-software-applications%2Fid6018%3Fmt%3D8">books section</a> and download anything you like to your iPhone or iPad. Do double check the price before you download though; every now and then they sneak in a paid book app.</p> <p>That's it! Easy-peasy, and you have access to enough free books to spend several years doing nothing but reading. Enjoy!</p> <p><em>Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links.</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/brooke-kaelin">Brooke Kaelin</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-never-pay-for-another-book">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-podcasts-bookworms-will-love">12 Podcasts Bookworms Will Love</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-cool-uses-for-a-tablet-computer">11 Cool Uses for a Tablet Computer</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-read-comic-books-for-free-or-almost-free">6 Ways to Read Comic Books for Free (or Almost Free)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-easiest-ways-to-score-free-ebooks">5 Easiest Ways to Score Free eBooks</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-celebrities-with-shockingly-low-net-worths">6 Celebrities With Shockingly Low Net Worths</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Entertainment Android free books ipad kindle Thu, 11 Nov 2010 12:00:09 +0000 Brooke Kaelin 296264 at http://www.wisebread.com Summer Freebies and Bargains for Kids http://www.wisebread.com/summer-freebies-and-bargains-for-kids <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/summer-freebies-and-bargains-for-kids" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/kidbowling.jpg" alt="kid bowling" title="Kids Can Bowl Free at AMF Bowling Centers All Summer" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="240" height="180" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Summer vacation can be expensive for families with children. If the kids are not enrolled in camp programs which are in their own right pricey, the empty hours can weigh heavily and lead to an excess of wallet-emptying entertainment. Here are some things that kids can do this summer for free or for cheap:</p> <ul> <li>Free bowling. The AMF chain of bowling alleys offers a kids club granting children two free games EVERY DAY all summer long. You sign up through <a href="http://www.kidsbowlfree.com/amf.php">your local alley</a>&nbsp;(the Web site lists locations in 33 states), and individual locations may have rules and caveats like specific hours when free games can be played. The freebies can't be used by large groups like day care outings.</li> <li>Free movies and free or discounted books: On Frugalista, my new blog about Chicago-area bargains, I&nbsp;outlined the a number of <a href="http://www.chicagonow.com/blogs/frugalista/2009/06/free-and-cheap-family-summer-flicks.html">free and cheap summer movie series</a> for kids as well as the <a href="http://www.chicagonow.com/blogs/frugalista/2009/06/free-loot-for-readers-chicagoland-summer-reading-programs.html">summer reading programs</a> at major bookstores and libraries (the store programs usually give kids a free book or at least a discount; the library programs offer varying goodies). Most of these programs are available nationally or you can find the same at your local theaters, stores and libraries.</li> <li>Cheap museums and zoos. If you have multiple kids and the whole summer to kill, it can be worth it to invest in a pass to a local kids' museum. But if you live in an area with lots of museums like I&nbsp;do, you'll want to buy a pass that gets you into multiple places. In this post I&nbsp;share the <a href="http://www.chicagonow.com/blogs/frugalista/2009/05/save-on-summer-museum-visits.html">secret ticket</a> that gets you into the most places for the lowest price. An even cheaper strategy than the above is to stick to museum and zoo free days -- check the Web site of your local -- or to latch onto other families that have memberships and can bring guests (reciprocity is nice!).</li> <li>You all know about using your local library, which usually has the added advantage of free air conditioning, but newer parents may not realize that most urban and suburban park districts offer low-cost or free activities too. In our neighborhood, teen-aged park employees bring a &quot;fun truck&quot;&nbsp;to the local playground once a week with a slip and slide and other delights.</li> <li>Fairs. You won't get off scott-free at the state or county fair; in fact you'll shell out for entrance, overpriced ice cream and corn, and ride tickets, and maybe even parking. But there are lots of things to keep little ones busy most of the day for free, like looking at animals and watching animal shows, and the costs pale in comparison to an amusement park. Speaking of which ...</li> <li>Amusement park discounts. Six Flags and its ilk are never cheap, but there are ways to pay less. If you live nearby and your kids are old enough to be dropped off, a season pass for them can really pay for itself pretty easily. Even if you're going for one day, check the park's Web site and do a little Googling for promotions; right now Six Flags tickets are <a href="http://www.sixflags.com/greatAmerica/tickets/index.aspx">buy-one-get-one online</a>; you also often see discounts on soda cans, at fast-food restaurants, and the like.</li> <li>Mix in a bit of the always free.We're taking advantage of many of the above programs intermittently during the summer, but I unabashedly&nbsp;admit that my kids' regular summer days include a lot of less-structured free activities. Playing in the backyard, visiting local playgrounds, sitting on the porch watching for the ice cream man (OK&nbsp;that will cost me a few bucks if he actually shows up but he hardly EVER drives down our street), hitting rummage sales with mom (now that my oldest is 5, giving her $2-4 at a rummage sale will keep her happily absorbed in bargain-hunting while I&nbsp;do my own shopping),&nbsp;playing with neighbors and friends, and reading (she's been devouring <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&amp;location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2Fs%3Fie%3DUTF8%26x%3D12%26ref%255F%3Dnb%255Fss%255Fgw%26y%3D26%26field-keywords%3Dthe%2520boxcar%2520children%26url%3Dsearch-alias%253Daps&amp;tag=myfufufa-20&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957">The Boxcar Children mysteries</a><img border="0" alt="" width="1" height="1" style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; margin: 0px; border-top: medium none; border-right: medium none" src="https://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=myfufufa-20&amp;l=ur2&amp;o=1" />) have been the prime activities so far. Oh, and even a little work beyond the normal &quot;pick up your toys&quot;:&nbsp;Now that the 5-year-old understands that money can get her toys at rummage sales, she's become a willing weed bounty hunter in the backyard.</li> </ul> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/carrie-kirby">Carrie Kirby</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/summer-freebies-and-bargains-for-kids">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-podcasts-bookworms-will-love">12 Podcasts Bookworms Will Love</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/17-more-places-to-buy-sell-and-trade-books">17 More Places to Buy, Sell, and Trade Books</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/disneyland-on-the-sort-of-cheap">Disneyland on the (Sort of) Cheap</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/holiday-gift-giving-for-the-truly-broke">14 Gift Ideas for the Truly Broke</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/reverse-engineer-the-best-time-of-your-life">Reverse engineer the best time of your life</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Art and Leisure free books free bowling for kids free movies kids freebies summer freebies Thu, 02 Jul 2009 16:39:03 +0000 Carrie Kirby 3344 at http://www.wisebread.com Duh..Libraries http://www.wisebread.com/duh-libraries <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/duh-libraries" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_000005271495XSmall.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Let me start off by saying I&rsquo;m a substitute librarian assistant so I spend at least a few days each month on eight hour shifts of the library. I preface my blog with this to say, dude, I am in the know&hellip;and is there anything out there more frugal than using the free resources at the library? But do you know of all the resources available to you?</p> <p>As libraries across the United States and specifically in my state, California, are facing yet more budget cuts, it&rsquo;s time I think to remind us all of the value of the library. And while the book stacks are a nice visual reminder that, yes, you can check something out and read for free provided you reside in the county the library is in, there is more to the library than the stacks of free reading material in the stacks.</p> <p>Let me start off by saying I&rsquo;m a substitute librarian assistant so I spend at least a few days each month on eight hour shifts of the library. I preface my blog with this to say, dude, I am in the know&hellip;and is there anything out there more frugal than using the free resources at the library? But do you know of all the resources available to you?</p> <p>As libraries across the United States and specifically in my state, California, are facing yet more budget cuts, it&rsquo;s time I think to remind us all of the value of the library. And while the book stacks are a nice visual reminder that, yes, you can check something out and read for free provided you reside in the county the library is in, there is more to the library than the stacks of free reading material in the stacks.</p> <p>The number one thing that keeps me busy these days as the library sub is checking out videos. Our library, like many, has a two tier video rental system. The county dvds are newer and free for two days and the ones donated to the library (which can help you have an eighties flashback weekend) are free for four days. This seems to be the number one reason why most people visit our library.</p> <p>As April and tax time is approaching the second most used service is all the income tax forms and instruction booklets, and while we don&rsquo;t give out tax advice, we do instruct people on where to go in town to talk to someone and give them an idea of which form is probably for them.</p> <p>Next is the computers. Free wireless without having to purchase coffee to use it. Free computer access for those not bringing their own laptops. Free computer classes for those who don&rsquo;t know how to use the computers effectively. Most of the librarians I know will help with some instruction regardless of whether or not you are in the computer classes. <br /> I often wind up helping people navigate or learn how to use keywords.</p> <p>Newspapers and magazines. Why bother with a subscription you don&rsquo;t read all of anyway? The library has it. And has all those back issues that you accidentally recycled. Being a library employee has cut down on my subscriptions. I now only subscribe to small presses. I read the big guys like Time and Newsweek at the library (and they are available for check out).</p> <p>Audiobooks and tapes. Probably the most expensive way to buy a book is an audio CD&mdash;good reason to check them out instead. Even in a small rural area you can have access to variety because smaller libraries and counties usually have a collective that they pull from. In Northern California, we are part of the &ldquo;North State Collective&rdquo; which means if I want to borrow some book on tape from neighboring Butte County, I can.</p> <p>Speaking of CDs&hellip;libraries&hellip;the ultimate in legal music sharing. And you are just listening, right? Not copying&hellip;no, not you. Never.</p> <p>Storytime. Where else can your toddlers and preschoolers have someone read to them other than you, do some sort of crafty thing with paste, buttons, and feathers AND get a sip of juice and cookies for free? Affluent neighborhood mommies pay big money for this sort of thing and your kid and get it all for free one day a week at the library. And though we don&rsquo;t have a jungle gym in the kids section, we&rsquo;ve got toys from every decade of the last fifty years for the pleasure of the kiddies to play with while they are here. And you don&rsquo;t even have to buy a happy meal.</p> <p>Some libraries I know show free movies. Ours is too small for it, but every once in awhile we have some. We also host poetry workshops that you&rsquo;d pay $200 for elsewhere with the exact same instructors.</p> <p>The biggest perk for me (other than working here so I&rsquo;m on top of my due dates and fine potential) is the Friends of the Library booksales. Our town has about five different book clubs and we seem to get all of their books on a regular basis. If it&rsquo;s on the best seller list, eventually&mdash;sometimes even within the same month, I can score a copy of the latest books that still look new for a quarter a piece. We have a free table of older donations and magazines too.</p> <p>The community bulletin board. I know of everything that could possibly be going down in this town all because of the library community bulletin board. If it ain&rsquo;t on the board, it&rsquo;s not happening.</p> <p>As a regular patron, if you don&rsquo;t find the book you want that you just read a terrific review of, you can request it. Many counties use patron requests as a guide in their book buying.</p> <p>So, what are you waiting for? Get your butt back to the library. Meet your neighbors. Find out what&rsquo;s going on. Check out new things, old things, use the Internet. Use the library before the powers that be decide that it&rsquo;s something they can cut out of our lives and our communities. It&rsquo;s the ultimate in our frugal lifestyles&hellip;a good gathering place for the coming recession&hellip;</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/maggie-wells">Maggie Wells</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/duh-libraries">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-4"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/sit-in-on-a-class-at-mit-for-free">Sit in on a Class at MIT for Free!</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/watch-all-the-documentary-movies-you-can-handle-free-online-and-yes-its-legal">Watch All The Documentary Movies You Can Handle, Free Online - And Yes, It&#039;s Legal.</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/feeling-poor-things-i-forget-about-that-dont-cost-a-thing">Feeling Poor?: Things I Forget About that Don&#039;t Cost a Thing</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/you-know-youre-a-wisebread-reader-if">You know you&#039;re a Wisebread reader if...</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-things-in-life-are-more-or-less-free">The best things in life are (more or less) free</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Lifestyle free free books free Internet free music libraries storytime tax forms Mon, 17 Mar 2008 19:16:55 +0000 Maggie Wells 1926 at http://www.wisebread.com