Books and Reading

Page last updated 16 February 2022

I have been an avid reader since I was in elementary school.  Mostly, I read Science Fiction and Fantasy, with some mystery or thrillers, and occasional self-improvement or business book.  I have mostly been reading on my iPad since it came out in 2010.  I switch between iBook, Kindle and Nook readers, choosing which offers the best price for the book I want to read.  In addition to the respective online stores, I have also come across several Internet sites from which books can be obtained.

I generally read alternate history, science fiction or fantasy, but occasionally read a mystery, thriller or military novels (both fiction and non-fiction). I began writing Book Reviews early in 2014.

I have also written a few posts that are more about Reading in general that might be of interest.

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Some sources of eBooks

  1. Baen Books – more than 70 books downloadable for free. Many others at low cost. The site also has many short stories.
  3. World eBook Fair –  variety of novels including scifi, eLibrary card required
  4. Classic Reader –
  5. ePubBud – – lots of eBooks for download
  6. Feedbooks –
  7. Free Info Society –
  8. ManyBooks –
  9. Planet eBook –
  10. Project Gutenberg –
  11. Public Book shelf –   mostly romance novels
  12. Fictionwise –
  13. – not major titles, most for sale, but some free.  Wide range of topics
  14.  – Old out of copy right novels
  15. – mostly old and out of copyright, but not all
  16. E-Books Directory – Novels and technical –
  17. Wattpad – work from mostly unknown authors
  18. The Robot Trading Company –  – most are scifi or fantasy books for sale
  19. All You Can Books – gives you UNLIMITED access to over 40,000 Audiobooks, eBooks, and Foreign Language courses. Download as many audiobooks, ebooks, language audio courses, and language e-workbooks as you want during the 30-day FREE trial and it’s all yours to keep even if you cancel during the FREE trial.

Notification services with free/ low-cost book offers:

  8. Book Funnel Story Origin
  9. Book Review Buzz – books available to  read reviews
  10. DFS Weekly Digest – Discover Science Fiction
  11. My Next Read – Free daily email alerts with books in the genres you love. Most books are either FREE or very low cost.
  12. Reader’s Alley
  13. Rifle Books –
  14. Story Origin
  15. FireReads

These offers are not exactly for best sellers, but the price is right and it does expose you to new authors.

Sites for Sharing or all-you-can-read eBooks

  1. – all-you-can-read free trial, $14.99 per month, 30,000 audiobooks and eBooks.
  2. – all-you-can-read $9.95 per month, 100,000 eBooks, iOS 7 is required. will cease operations January 2016
  3. – all-you-can-read $8.99 per month, free trial, offers a large assortment of free content, including more than 40 million documents and books.
  4. – a social reading service that provides a reader for iOS and Android that lets you read and share books in it’s library.


Favorite authors

  • Abercrombie, Joe
  • Asimov, Asaac
  • Benn, James R.
  • Brown, Dan
  • Burroughs, Edgar Rice
  • Campbell, Jack
  • Clancy, Tom
  • Clarke, Arthur C.
  • Collins, Suzanne
  • Cook, Glen
  • Crichton, Michael
  • Drake, David
  • Flint, Eric
  • Flynn, Vince
  • Harry, Eric L.
  • Heinlein, Robert A.
  • Jordan, Robert
  • Koontz, Dean
  • Ludlum, Robert
  • Niven, Larry
  • Pournelle, Jerry
  • Ringo, John
  • Sanderson, Brandon
  • Smith, E.E. “Doc”
  • Stirling, SM
  • Suarez, Daniel
  • Turtledove, Harry
  • Verne, Jules
  • Weber, David
  • Wells, H.G.
Sci-Fi Series

  • “Honor Harrington” by David Weber
  • “The Lost Fleet” by Jack Campbell
  • “The Polseen War” by John Ringo
  • “Foundation” by Isaac Asimov
  • “Riverworld” by Phillip Jose Farmer
  • “Ender” by Orson Scott Card
  • “Dragon Riders of Pern” by Anne McCaffrey
  • “Lensmen” by E.E. “Doc” Smith
Alternative History

  • “The Nantucket” & “Emberverse” by SM Sterling
  • “1632” & “Belisarius” Eric Flint
  • “The World War”, “Colonization” and “Days of Infamy” by Harry Turtledove

Fantasy Series

  • “Wheel of Time” by Robert Jordan
  • “Harry Potter” by J. K. Rowling
  • “Middle Earth” by J. R. R. Tolkien
  • “Game of Thrones” by George R.R. Martin
  • “Mistborn” by Brandon Sanderson
  • “Black Company” by Glen Cook
  • “The First Law” & “The Half King” by Joe Abercrombie

Mystery / Thriller Series

  • “Ghost” by John Ringo
  • “Millenium Trilogy” by Stieg Larsson
  • “Mitch Rapp” series by Vince Flynn
  • “Billy Boyle” series by James R. Benn
  • “Robert Langdon” series by Dan Brown
  • “Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins

Miscellaneous of interest

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