Tor.com starts ebook club, offers free book monthly

three-bodyScience Fiction publishing imprint Tor has announced the start of a book club for SF/F ebooks. And to make it really, really easy for you to join in, they are giving away a free ebook every month.

The new program started July 11 and the first book is Hugo and Nebula Award nominated The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu, translated by Ken Liu. Books are available in both mobi and epub formats. The book is a free download through July 17, 2016.

This is a good value. :)The Three-Body Problem is currently $9.99 on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, and iBooks. And FYI: All of Tor’s books are DRM free so they should be readable on any device that reads mobi or epub files.

You can participate in book discussions on Tor.com, The next new book will be available August 1, 2016.

The fine print: This offer is only available in the US and Canada due to territorial restrictions. You must sign up for the Tor ebook club newsletter to participate. Even if you already receive the regular Tor newsletter, you still have to sign up separately for the ebook club list in order to get the link for the free book.  Each book is available as a free download for only one week.

For more info or to sign up for the newsletter, see Tor’s ebook club page here.

Free Microsoft Ebooks (2016 Edition)

ms_booksIt is that time of year again. Every year, Microsoft’s Eric Ligman, Director of Sales Excellence, offers free Microsoft ebooks on his blog. The books offered come from various authors and publishers and consist of tech books, how to resources and reference guides for Microsoft productls.

Titles are mostly PDFs with some EPUB, MOBI, Zip, and DOCX formats as well. Formats vary according to title. Topics include:

  • Windows 10
  • Office 365
  • Office 2016
  • Power BI
  • Azure
  • Windows 8.1
  • Office 2013
  • SharePoint 2016
  • SharePoint 2013
  • Dynamics CRM
  • PowerShell
  • Exchange Server
  • System Center
  • Cloud
  • SQL Server
  • and many more….

The giveaway started on July 10 and doesn’t list an end date, so I don’t know how long these will remain free. There is more info on Ligman’s blog here.

Free Amazon apps – limited time offer

app sale 914For a limited time, Amazon is offering 27 apps for free in the Amazon App store. The offerings include tools for productivity like OfficeSuite Professional and Swype keyboard as well as camera apps and games. Many of these have been offered free in the past, but I did manage to find a few new ones.

The offer says limited time and I couldn’t find a end date for the promotion.

Daily Links : A new Harry Potter story

From Lifehacker, Spot a boring Kindle Book by looking at popular highlights.

JK Rowling post a new Harry Potter background story on Pottermore, from The Digital Reader

From Teleread, Almost a year with Scribd. Has anything changed with my reading?

Whispersync comes to the UK with 10 freebies, from The Ebook Reader.

From ReadWrite, In exposing followers, Medium fails readers.

As part of Amazon’s Daily Deals, there are 12 award winning Sci-fi deals,  including books by Octavia Butler, Harlan Ellison and John Brunner for only $1.99 each.

Daily Links are interesting links I discover as I go about my online day. The frequency and number of links posted depend upon the daily news.

 

Daily Links: Free Photography e-books

Amazon Fire TVFrom Lifehacker: Over 40 free photography e-books (Note: many of these are in a PDF format and require giving your email address)

Do you know what your rights are if customs wants to search your laptop or smartphone? via MakeUseOf

From the Leftsetz Letter: An interesting article on book availability

The Amazon Fire TV is currently on sale for $84.00. That’s $15 off its regular price of $99.

Daily Links are interesting links I discover as I go about my online day. The frequency and number of links posted depend upon the daily news.

 

 

$100 worth of Android Apps for free via Amazon App store

freeappsAmazon is giving away over $100 worth of Android apps in their app store. The apps, which Amazon dubs “Essential,”  are free Thursday, July 31, 2014 and Friday, August 1, 2014.

There is a nice variety among the 30 apps offered.  These include productivity programs such as an alarm clock, a PDF viewer, a photo editor, a calendar, even workout and travel apps, There are also apps for math and music, games, and language coaching. Instapaper and the Oxford Advanced Learning Dictionary are included among the selections.

Free Comic Books

weird_mysteriesLooking for Free Comic books?

How about free access to over 15,000 Golden Age Comics, including some interesting pre-code horror comics from the Digital Comic Museum?

Or if you want a great deal on something a little more recent, how about a trial subscription to Marvel Unlimited for only 99 cents for the first month?

Found via Open Culture – which happens to be one of the best resources for fascinating free public domain materials on the web. Hint: You should really subscribe to their feed. 🙂