Finding Free eBooks in the Kindle Store

GreenPorch Winter of eReadingYou’ve given into the darkside and bought a Kindle. You’ve been tempted to sign up for Amazon Prime. You find yourself ordering everything from diapers to champaign (despite the fact you don’t drink or have any children). Welcome to the club.

As a result, your spending habits during 2012 have to be a bit more restrained. If like me you simply can’t give up your box wine addiction or expensive hemp clothes, The Green Porch offers some help in trimming back on the reading budget. The Kindle store actually has tons of free eBooks to choose from, and the list is constantly changing in order to rotate in new titles. But you have to know how to find them. And then you need to know how to sift through the garbage.

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Let the eBook Binging Begin

GreenPorch Winter of eReadingNow that you’ve slept off your fudge hangover and fully charged your new eReading device, it’s time to start binging on eBooks! But where to begin, and how to avoid the dreaded eBook hangover?

1.) Focus, focus, focus. Every port and galactic eBar in the eBook eVerse promises cheep or free eBooks. Most of these sites are trying to harvest clicks or funnel you toward their own books (of all the nerve. Oh, if you haven’t yet, click here to buy my latest book). Find a few trustworthy sites you like and learn how to get the most out of them. Learning how to find what you want on a even a high quality site for free/cheap eBooks is an art as well as a science.

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Gifting an eBook for Christmas

GreenPorch Winter of eReadingWhere would lazy schmucks like me be without the gift card? I could write a sonnet to the gift card… if I weren’t so danged lazy.

But in some circles the GC (as it’s known in the biz) has become highly maligned as a gift indicating disrespect for the giftee and the whole gift giving process. (Personally I say it’s still a win/win, but what do I know? I think I’ve given someone a stick of butter for their birthday. Hey, it’s not like they were vegan.)

With the GC stolen from the holiday gift repertoire, where is the giving-impaired to turn? Well, if the person you are targeting has a smartphone or a tablet (iPad, Galaxy) or an eReader (Kindle, Nook, Kobo, etc.) then here is your answer. Gift card. Oh wait. I meant to say, eBook.

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