Sunday, January 18, 2009

E-books and Other Ways To Read Online!

More and more lately I've been seeing a lot of books in e-book form available for free online so I thought I'd share a small list of a few I've encountered along with a few other ways to read and sample books online!

Ranger's Apprentice: The Ruins of Gorlan (Book One) by John Flanagan

They have always scared him in the past—the Rangers, with their dark cloaks and shadowy ways. The villagers believe the Rangers practice magic that makes them invisible to ordinary people. And now 15-year-old Will, always small for his age, has been chosen as a Ranger’s apprentice. What he doesn’t yet realize is that the Rangers are the protectors of the kingdom. Highly trained in the skills of battle and surveillance, they fight the battles before the battles reach the people. And as Will is about to learn, there is a large battle brewing. The exiled Morgarath, Lord of the Mountains of Rain and Night, is gathering his forces for an attack on the kingdom. This time, he will not be denied. . . .

This e-book will be available until February 15th! You can download it here!

Night World 1 by L.J. Smith (Book One Secret Vampire)

In Secret Vampire, Poppy thought the summer would last forever. Then she was diagnosed with terminal cancer. Now Poppy's only hope for survival is James, her friend and secret love. A vampire in the Night World, James can make Poppy immortal. But first they both must risk everything to go against the laws of Night World.

This week, J. Kaye discovered that you could download the first book in Night World 1, Secret Vampire from Amazon for a limited time. Click here to check it out!

Jumble Pie by Melanie Lynne Hauser

JUMBLE PIE is the story of the elusive nature of friendship, sometimes clinging, other times liberating; a story for any woman who has ever lied to her best friend just to make her feel better - and who has been brave enough to tell the truth, even when it hurts. And of course, it's a story about the remarkable healing power of pie.

Check out the website here, to see how to get your own copy!

The Luxe by Anna Godbersen

Irresistible boys with mischievous smiles and dangerous intentions.
White lies, dark secrets, and scandalous hookups.
This is Manhattan, 1899.

Beautiful sisters Elizabeth and Diana Holland rule Manhattan's social scene. Or so it appears. When the girls discover their status among New York City's elite is far from secure, suddenly everyone—from the backstabbing socialite Penelope Hayes, to the debonair bachelor Henry Schoonmaker, to the spiteful maid Lina Broud—threatens Elizabeth's and Diana's golden future.

With the fate of the Hollands resting on her shoulders, Elizabeth must choose between family duty and true love. But when her carriage overturns near the East River, the girl whose glittering life lit up the city's gossip pages is swallowed by the rough current. As all of New York grieves, some begin to wonder whether life at the top proved too much for this ethereal beauty, or if, perhaps, someone wanted to see Manhattan's most celebrated daughter disappear...

In a world of luxury and deception, where appearance matters above everything and breaking the social code means running the risk of being ostracized forever, five teenagers lead dangerously scandalous lives. This thrilling trip to the age of innocence is anything but innocent.

Click here, to Browse Inside of The Luxe. Harper Collins has many books that you can Browse Inside, click here to see more!

Daily Lit

Daily Lit is a really cool website that allows you to read any of a selection of books in small installments daily in your email or RSS feed for free. Since I first visited this site a few years ago, it looks like they have gotten a ton more titles! Lots of the titles are Classics and Romance. Check out the site here!

Dear Reader

Dear Reader emails you 5-minute portion of a title every day for free. You get a different book every week which allows you to sample about 2 to 3 chapters of each book. The great thing about this site is there are different Book Clubs to sign up for including Teens, Fiction, Pre-publication and Audio-Books among others. So there's a good chance you'll be interested in the titles you preview each week! Check out the site here!

So these are just a few e-books and other ways to read online that I thought of off the top of my head. I'm sure there are many more, feel free to share them in the comments! And also, if you try and of these out let me know how you like them!


  1. Great post Alea. Thanks for all the info. I had seen Daily Lit somewhere a while ago-it seems really cool. Have you rec'd anything from there yet. There's a few I wouldn't mind checking out.

  2. sounds good, thanks for all these links. i'm off to check some out.

  3. Thanks for the run-down. I wish I had the patience to read e-books!

  4. So glad you liked the links.

    Lenore- I totally agree, I've read maybe 2 pages of one at the most! Even the email ones are hard for me!


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