Kindle Freebies – June 15, 2012

Today I Loaded My Kindle With…

I’ll be getting my geek on this weekend and attending Denver Comic Con. This got me interested in checking out what kind of graphic novels are available for the Kindle, particularly freebies, of course. It seemed to me that E ink display technology is perfect for a gray scale medium like comics, particularly manga.

My limited research led me to discover that E ink Kindles such as my Touch are great for manga. I downloaded a $0.99 cheapie, BUT I’M A MAID! Episode 1, and a freebie, Chapter 9: SIN. Both look good on the screen, though the fonts are a little small and can’t be re-sized.

That’s the good news. The not-so-good news is that there aren’t many freebies available for E inkers like me. There are a number of free graphic novels, but these can only be viewed on the Fire, or through an iPad or Android app. They can also be viewed through Amazon’s cloud reader, but to me, that defeats the purpose of having an eReader.

If you’re interested in looking into graphic novels for the Kindle and apps, free or paid, you can find the Amazon bestsellers here.

I also picked up some fiction, travel guides, a graphic design magazine, and a guide to getting free software. I’m a bit dubious about this last one, so let the freebie buyer beware. By free, the author means alternatives to Microsoft and Adobe. Don’t know about that. It’s hard to believe there’s free software compatible and comparable with Photoshop, but I’ll take a look.

Whether you plan to geek out, get out or just relax with your Kindle and a cold drink, enjoy your weekend!

Fiction

Verita by Tracy Rozzlynn
Brett Bradbury’s parents are dead, her boyfriend’s a cheater, and her best friend essentially dumped her. Truly alone in the world, Brett agrees to help colonize the newly discovered planet, Verita. Now Brett’s on a strange new world. She quickly makes friends and starts her assigned job. Verita begins to feel like home, but it’s far from perfect. Brett has an overwhelming attraction to Brody, despite the fact that he’s entirely not her type. Her colleague, Ryan, utterly hates her for reasons out of her control. And there are creatures in the forest that would like nothing more than to devour everyone for dinner.

Cathedral of Dreams by Terry Persun
In Newcity, everyone is content. Bad feelings are not allowed, because your monitoring chip will alert the police to bring you in for treatment. Getting better is mandatory. Unchecked emotions made the world outside Newcity dangerous, unruly, and violent. At least that’s the official story in Newcity. Keith knows something is wrong. Strange visions lead him to become one of the few who escapes Newcity. He finds freedom and companionship outside, but pressure building to revolt against the city’s insidious regime of social control. Leadership is thrust upon him, with only his visions for guidance, only a small band of friends for support—and the fates of both Newcity and the outside world at stake.

Artifacts: A Faye Longchamp Mystery by Mary Anna Evans
Faye Longchamp has lost nearly everything except for her quick mind and a grim determination to hang onto her ancestral home, Joyeuse, a moldering plantation hidden along the Florida coast. No one knows how Faye’s great-great-grandmother Cally, a newly freed slave barely out of her teens, came to own Joyeuse in the aftermath of the Civil War. No one knows how her descendants hung onto it through Reconstruction, world wars, the Depression, and Jim Crow, but Faye has inherited the island plantation—and the family tenacity. When the property taxes rise beyond her means, she sets out to save Joyeuse by digging for artifacts on her property and the surrounding National Wildlife Refuge and selling them on the black market. A tiny bit of that dead glory would pay a year’s taxes. A big valuable chunk of the past would save her home forever. But instead of potsherds and arrowheads, she uncovers a woman’s shattered skull, a Jackie Kennedy-style earring nestled against its bony cheek.

Cocaine Blues by Kerry Greenwood
The London season is in full fling at the end of the 1920s, but the Honorable Phryne Fisher—she of the gray-green eyes and diamant garters—is tiring of polite conversations with retired colonels and dances with weak-chinned men. When the opportunity presents itself, Phryne decides it might be amusing to try her hand at becoming a lady detective in Australia. Immediately upon settling into Melbourne’s Hotel Windsor, Phryne finds herself embroiled in mystery. From poisoned wives and cocaine smuggling, to police corruption and rampant communism—not to mention erotic encounters with the beautiful Russian dancer, Sasha de Lisse—Cocaine Blues charts a crescendo of steamy intrigue, culminating in the Turkish baths of Little Lonsdale Street.

Nonfiction

Best of Smashing Magazine
This eBook is Smashing Magazine’s humble gift to all of your for your support, criticism and encouragement over all these years. It contains best — most useful, most interesting or most inspiring — articles that have been published on Smashing Magazine over the last five years. They have been carefully edited, proofread and updated for your convenience and a pleasing reading experience.

Free Software: How to Save $5000 on the Most Popular Software Titles by Bob Rankin
Most computer users need a variety of software to handle tasks such as word processing, crunching numbers in a spreadsheet, handling their email, or managing personal finances. Other common activities include creating presenations, editing digital photos, updating a website, or installing security software. In this ebook, 30 of the most popular commercial software packages are listed, along with the retail price of each. If you were to purchase all of them, it would cost over $5200. But most people don’t know the valuable secret you’re about to learn… there are excellent, FREE alternatives to ALL of these popular programs! If you’re still paying big bucks for your software, you absolutely need this information.

Travel

Bargain Travel Tips For Your Summer Vacation by Evelyn Trimborn and Carolyn Stone
Everyone looks forward to their summer vacation, but with the economy still in such a poor state, a lot of people may be asking if they can even afford one. The secret is to start planning early in order to get great bargains on summer travel destinations, package vacations and holidays.

Rome Top Ten by Mario Degu
Top ten itinerary in Rome. 10 sites not to miss.

The Most Vital Chinese by James McGlasson
This booklet gives you everything you need to get by for a short trip to China. It gives you all of the following: the 10 Most Useful Phrases for a Newcomer; In a Hotel – the language you will need to book and stay in a hotel; Days & Dates – absolutely everything necessary for booking (days, months, dates, numbers & counting).

Descriptions provided by Amazon

I found these books via Amazon’s Kindle eBooks store. Resources for free Kindle and other format eBooks are listed in my sidebar.

These freebies are limited time offers, so there is no guarantee any of these books will still be free when you click on the links. Grab them sooner rather than later.

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