Category Archives: Reading

Free Books on Apple Books

Books

 (See my other Reading related posts) – Looking for more books to fill you ‘shelter-at-home’ time? Apple Books is offering several for free. What are free changes day-to-day, so check often. The books range across several categories.

 
Looking over those available, these are the ones that caught my eye:
 
Open Books on your Apple device then search “Free Books” to see the list. It is a very long list so adding more parameters to the search will help narrow the list down.
 
 
Further Reading
  1. Apple Books app: best free books to read during quarantine

If you are interested in the WWII era of history, you may find these three pages of interest. 

  • The “World War II Sources” page is a constantly growing collection of more than 380 links to museums, memorials, websites, Facebook pages, Twitter feeds and other sources with information on the World War II-era in history.
  • The “World War II Timeline” page expands almost daily and shows events leading up to WWII, as well as during the war. Events are broken down into the Pacific and European Theaters by date.
  • The About WWII page is a collection of links to posts that I have made over the years that are relevant to WWII.

 

Wattpad, more Free reading

Books

(See my other Reading related posts) – The ‘Shelter-in-place’ restriction is keeping most people at home. Many of them are looking for new sources of reading material but don’t want to spend a lot.

Wattpad is another source you may want to tap to fill your reading needs. Wattpad includes books from a wide range of genres. As they say on their website:

[Wattpad is] the world’s most-loved social storytelling platform
Wattpad connects a global community of 80 million readers and writers through the power of story.

Most, if not all, of the available books are by relatively unknown authors. In fact, if you have stories you want to share, this is one outlet for you.

Wattpad also had both Android and iOS Apps you can download for free.

 

Further Reading

  1. How to Read Free Ebooks With Wattpad

Do you read Science Fiction or Fantasy?

Updated 4/17/20

Screen Shot 2020-04-01 at 9.22.34 AM

(See my other Reading related posts) – I have been following Baen Books for a few years. I first posted about them several months back. With the current ‘shelter-in-place’ policy I thought it deserved another look.

Not only does Baen Books offer more than 70 eBooks for free download, but they also have dozens of short stories. And of course, you can buy ebooks through them as well at a low cost. There are more than 2200 books currently available from them. They also offer several different 7-book bundles for only $18 per bundle.

Some of the recent short stories are:

  1. “Waiting for the Talisman” by P.C. Hodgell https://www.baen.com/talisman 
  2. “Voodoo Magic” by Robert Buettner https://www.baen.com/voodoomagic
  3. “Burners” by Matt McHugh https://www.baen.com/burners 
  4. “Treason Properly” by J.J. Cragun https://www.baen.com/treason 
  5. “Talk Girl” by Wil McCarthy https://www.baen.com/talkgirl 
  6. “A Visit to the Galaxy Ballroom” by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller https://www.baen.com/galaxyballroom 
  7. “Next Giant Leap” by Patrick Chiles https://www.baen.com/nextgiantleap 
  8. “The Red Sea” by Mercedes Lackey & Cody Martin https://www.baen.com/redsea 
  9. “Adrift” by Frank Chadwick  https://www.baen.com/adriftfc 
  10. “The Policeman’s Daughter” by Wil McCarthy https://www.baen.com/policemansdaughter 
  11. “Peregoy’s Wolves” by Nancy Kress https://www.baen.com/peregoyswolves 

If you are looking for more eBooks to help pass the time at home, Baen is a good source!

All You Can Books Offers Audio and eBooks

(See my other Reading related posts) – I came across yet another source of ebooks and audiobooks. All You Can Read 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 FREE trial and it’s all yours to keep even if you cancel during the FREE trial.

This gives you another option to fill your time at home under the quarantine.

Get eBooks from your library

Books

(See my other Reading related posts) – So many are currently confined at home. One of the activities that many are turning to is reading. Not everyone has a stack of books to turn to. Nor does everyone want to buy expensive additions for their library.

I came across the article “How-To Borrow eBooks for Your Entire Family: 4 Great Apps!“. Given our quarantined state, I thought that this was something worth sharing. The suggested Apps are:

  1. Overdrive – supports most local libraries
  2. 3M Cloud Library – supports many local libraries
  3. Kindle – many free titles, titles for purchase, Kindle Unlimited for a monthly fee
  4. Books (formerly iBooks) on Apple devices – many free titles, titles for purchase
  5. Other sources for free books are listed

 

Personally, I like Kindle for my reading. It is my go-to App on my iPad. I also use Books sometimes. I use it more to read PDF files than books on my iPad. I have not used the library services yet. I do need to find my library card and try them out. Have any of my readers tried these or other borrowing services?

Some of the notification services with free/ low-cost book offers I have used include:

  1. https://www.bookbub.com
  2. http://readcheaply.com/
  3. http://www.rifflebooks.com/select/
  4. http://eBooksHabit.com
  5. http://www.moreforlessonline.com
  6. http://www.ebooksgrowontrees.com
  7. http://booksends.com
  8. http://daily.ereaderiq.com/

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

Read More About History

Saved Image 2020-03-26 at 8.04.05 AM.png

(See my other Reading and History related posts) – I saw a Tweet today from History Extra that they were opening up their content. You can read their articles for free for the next two weeks without a subscription.

I checked them out and there are many topics covered. They have several articles and posts relevant to WWII. I’m going to be going over those in the next couple of weeks.


If you are interested in the WWII era of history, you may find these three pages of interest. 

  • The “World War II Sources” page is a constantly growing collection of more than 360 links to museums, memorials, websites, Facebook pages, Twitter feeds and other sources with information on the World War II-era in history.
  • The “World War II Timeline” page expands almost daily and shows events leading up to WWII, as well as during the war. Events are broken down into the Pacific and European Theaters by date.
  • The About WWII page is a collection of links to posts that I have made over the years that are relevant to WWII.

Like to Read? Here is a free source of ebooks

(See my other Reading related posts) – With many in self-quarantine, we are looking for ways to occupy our time. One pastime many of us enjoy is reading. Of course, that can quickly get expensive if we read many books.

I came across the article “How to read books for free on your iPhone and iPad” a couple of days ago. The article explains how to use the Libby App to borrow books from your local library. If you don’t have a library card you can even request one through the App at some libraries. The App is available on the App Store for iOS devices.

If this interests you, visit “How to read books for free on your iPhone and iPad” for a how-to on setting up and using Libby.

Books were important to the servicemen and women of WWII

389px-Give_More_Good_Books_to_our_Men_in_the_Service_-_NARA_-_514386

 

I follow author Sarah Sundin on Twitter (I posted a review of her WWII romance novel The Sky Above Us a few weeks ago) and saw mention of an interesting post she recently made. She only posted it a few days ago. In it, she talked about the importance of books in WWII.

The post is titled “Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt Stop #10“. Her discussion of books and their importance to WWII soldiers begins just a short distance from the top.

 

 

 

I encourage you to read the full post, but the highlights are:

  • few soldiers read for pleasure before the war
  • before the war books were relatively expensive
  • those in the service often found themselves with time on their hands and many servicemen looked to libraries and books to help fill these idle hours

469px-Give_your_Good_Books_to_our_Fighting_Men._-_NARA_-_514404

  • the National Defense Book Campaign was founded in November 1941 to gather more books for the military

3736619566_c70377d745_b

  • in March of 1943 the Council on Books in Wartime was founded – special Armed Services Editions of many popular books were published, By 1947 when the Armed Services Editions program ended, 123 million books had been published.

If you are interested in the WWII era of history, you may find these three pages of interest. 

    • The “World War II Sources” page is a constantly growing collection of more than 360 links to museums, memorials, websites, Facebook pages, Twitter feeds and other sources with information on the World War II-era in history.
    • The “World War II Timeline” page expands almost daily and shows events leading up to WWII, as well as during the war. Events are broken down into the Pacific and European Theaters by date.
    • The About WWII page is a collection of links to posts that I have made over the years that are relevant to WWII.

Reading is More Important Than You Might Think

Books
I came across the article “Why Reading Books Is Important for the Brain” today and found it very informative.

There is a growing trend among Americans to read fewer books. Reading is good for your brain because it uses “a highly variable set of skills that are deep and complex“. This is good for your brain health. There is also evidence that reading fiction helps people to “improve their ability to recognize and empathize with feeling sand viewpoints” of others.

Several other benefits that come from reading are mentioned in the article. We should all encourage those we know to take a little time and read.

Today is “National Science Fiction Day”

NATIONAL-SCIENCE-FICTION-DAY-–-January-2

(See my other Reading related posts) – I have been reading science fiction since Junior High. It is my favorite genre. I think that reading science fiction is part of the reason I became an engineer and developed an early interest in computers.

From the National Day Calendar website:

National Science Fiction Day promotes the celebration of science fiction as a genre, its creators, history, and various media, too. Recognized on January 2nd annually, millions of science fiction fans across the United States read and watch their favorites in science fiction. 

The date of the celebration commemorates the birth of famed science fiction writer Isaac Asimov.  An American author and Boston University professor of biochemistry, Isaac Asimov was born Isaak Yudovich Ozimov on January 2, 1920. He was best known for his works of science fiction and his popular science books.

HOW TO OBSERVE #ScienceFictionDay

The day encourages reading or watching science fiction. However, consider exploring science fiction in other ways. For example:

    • Introduce science fiction to an entirely new generation. Offer to read excerpts from your favorite science fiction author to a youth group at a library. 
    • Explore the authors of science fiction you’ve never read before.
    • Study the history of science fiction and how it has impacted modern culture.
    • Share your favorite science fiction story or character. 

Use #ScienceFictionDay to post on social media.