Book App/Site of the Fortnight – The Pigeonhole

The Pigeonhole is the new generation book club app that lets you read books for free, whilst making and reading comments from readers, and sometimes even the authors.

The editors handpick exclusive books to release in stages called staves, over a series of days – so it’s ideally for fitting into a busy day.  On average a stave is about half an hour reading time.  There are usually several new releases a week.  There are also a few older classics on there too, like Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein.

It’s available for both Android and iOS, just search for “Pigeonhole”  – all you need is an email address to sign up.  The books are completely free, but they are only allowed to release a set amount for each book.  In return for the free read you are sometimes asked to leave an honest review on Amazon.

Book App/Site of the Fortnight – BorrowBox.

BorrowBox is a great little app for reading e-books or listening to audiobooks for free with the aid of your local library.  You can browse, borrow and read or listen to your library’s e-books and audiobooks anywhere, and everywhere.  It’s available on Kindle, iPhone, iPad, Android, Windows and Windows 10.

To use the BorrowBox service you must be based in the UK and be a registered member at a participating library. You can download e-books and mp3 files for a limited period and read/listen offline.  You can also reserve and renew books whenever you choose.  There’s a wide range of titles available – all bestsellers, and also some books available in the Welsh language.

Free & Cheap E-books.

HI folks! If you’re anything like me, you love to read e-books and pay next to nothing for them!  Here I’ve repeated a post from one of my previous book blogs about 3 ways to get free and cheap e-books.

  1. Freebooksy

Freebooksy.com is a great website, where you can either search or browse for free e-books, or get email alerts, alerting you to the latest e-books available for free in your favorite genres.  It’s quick and easy to register for email alerts for books in your favorite genres – you just tell them what device you read from, what your favorite genres are, and whether you want to receive the emails daily or weekly.  Here you are also given the option to sign up for alerts on heavily discounted e-books.

Just about all of the e-books on freebooksy.com are available for the Kindle, but several of them are also available for the Apple iBooks, Nook, or Kobo.

  1. Bookbub

Like Freebooksy, Bookbub sends you email alerts for e-books in your favorite genres.  Bookbub will send you recommendations for a mix of free and heavily discounted books.  Bookbub offers are available for Kindle, Apple iBooks, and Google Play.

  1. Direct from Amazon

Amazon has deals on for Kindle books every single day.  If you shop by department and then go to Kindle e-readers and books, then Kindle books, you will find sections such as: Kindle deals, and Kindle daily deals.

Another way to get free or cheap e-books from Amazon, is simply to search by a keyword, and sort the results to get the cheapest at the top.  You’ll be surprised how many free or cheap books you can find this way!

The only caveat about free e-books is that sometimes when a book is advertised as free, it is sometimes the first in a series of books, and has a cliff-hanger ending, prompting you to spend on the second in the series.  But that isn’t always a bad thing!  Happy reading!

Project Gutenburg

Did you know you could access over 56,000 books for free online?  Project Gutenburg hosts a huge collection of digitised e-books, available for free.  As well as streams of literature, it also holds reference books and cookbooks.

Project Gutenburg is a volunteer effort to digitally archive books after copyright clearance, which effectively means it includes all the timeless classics.  Most books in the collection are distributed as public domain under U.S. copyright law.  Its goal is “to provide as many e-books in as many formats as possible for the entire world to read in as many languages as possible”.  Luckily, most releases are in English.  New books are added every week.

The books are available in Plain text, HTML, EPUB, PDF, and MOBI (Kindle).  In addition to downloading straight to your PC or device, there is also the option to download straight to Dropbox, Google Drive, or One Drive. Here’s the link: http://www.gutenberg.org/

Happy reading all!