Thursday, October 15, 2009

Kindle Shopping

I have no idea what sparked my recent Kindle shopping expedition. It could have been influenced by Savidge Reads Sensation Season and all the talk of Wilkie Collins, Mary Elizabeth Braddon, and Susan Hill. OR...it could have been influenced by Carl's RIP IV challenge that I have taken to like a fish takes to water (who would have thought that I had such a dark side?!) But whatever the influence, I took out my Kindle today and visited the Kindle store - in the comfort of my own home (it was a nasty day today with cloudy skies and a high of 48 degrees --- I had no desire to get out in today's weather).

Now I am well aware that Kindle users can download hundreds, if not thousands, of free public domain classics from numerous sites (I tend to use manybks.net and freekindlebooks.org), but the primary problem with these free downloads is that it is somewhat cumbersome to navigate through large "chunksters" --- which is what I tend to read (you know -- the 500+ page books of Charles Dickens, Wilkie Collins, and Alexander Dumas). When browsing through the Kindle store, however, I discovered the wonderful world of "Complete Works of......" by Mobile Reference. Not only do these very reasonably priced (ok -- CHEAP) ebooks provide great reading material for a nominal sum, but the table of contents is hyperlinked to each novel/short story, and then each novel has chapter hyperlinks as well. The text is VERY easy to read, and the dollar value makes this frugal blogger smile :)

Here is a run-down of what I purchased today (now granted, I still had Amazon gift certificates leftover from last Christmas - so in actuality, these downloads cost me absolutely nothing. If any of my family members are reading this post, however, I have completely depleted all gift certificates and would covet these as possible Birthday / Christmas gifts for 2009)

I purchased the Works of Charles Dickens --- over 200 --- for the nominal price of $4.79

I also purchased 50+ works of Wilkie Collins for $4.79 as well.

The works of Elizabeth Gaskell, including her biography of Charlotte Bronte for $3.99

The novels of Mary Elizabeth Braddon for $3.99

And then, for an amazing $1.00 EACH I received:
Other collections that I have downloaded samples, but not yet committed to the purchase, include: Leo Tolstoy, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Louisa May Alcott, Alexander Dumas, and George Eliot.

I realize that the Kindle is not for everyone. And I am learning that the Kindle is not for ALL my reading needs. But as far as collecting the classics in a manageable format (I can take my entire classic collection with me at all times for under 2 pounds!) and at a fraction of the cost of traditional books, I simply cannot help but shout from the rooftops that I truly LOVE my Kindle!

In case you have not heard about the Kindle, you can read my initial review of this eReader here.

Now, if anyone knows how to add more hours to the day --- I will be all set!

18 comments:

Lenore said...

Wow - you really did get some great deals!

Sandy Nawrot said...

Thanks to you, I have so many classics downloaded for free on my Kindle. There is nothing that feeds the need for instant joy than to buy a book on Kindle and have it in about 15 seconds. I was at my book club Wednesday night, and when they announced the next read, I pulled out my Kindle and bought it right there! Speaking of The Woman in White, I'm reading it next!

reviewsbylola said...

Looks like you have a lot of reading to do!

mel u said...

Thanks for the great information-no tha the Kindle has gone international those of us in Asian can consider it-I did not know of the vast number of free books or the huge collections of clssics available-I love books but I am now consideringa kindle for the first time, in part because of your post-

Kaye said...

The Queen of Bargain Hunting tiara and sceptor is being handed back to you! Enjoy all your classics.

Kim said...

So funny, I posted my old review of the Kindle today. Interesting that you find the old classics easier to read on the Kindle, I have such a hard time not knowing where I am in the book overall that I get frustrated. I keep thinking if I had a shorter book I might like it better.

Ti said...

I don't have a Kindle :(

However, if I did I would download all of these as well. Excellent tip!

Jenny said...

I so want a Kindle for Christmas! then I can download some of those great cheap books!

Belle said...

I wish we could buy the Kindle in Canada. It's available now in Australia but still not in Canada :( But congrats on your shopping spree - and on still having some gift certificates from last Christmas to use up!

Jenners said...

I do the same thing ... load it up with classics!!! But I've been getting newer books too. I love reading on the Kindle. : )

Kim said...

I don't have a Kindle either. I kind of go back and forth on my opinion of them-I guess I am just not sure I would really need one. But then I think that if I had one I might think "How did I live without one?"!
You got some great books. I love LM Montgomery.
*smiles*
Kim

farmlanebooks said...

I thought the benefit of the kindle was that you could get all out of copy right books for free?

Can you not download them from the internet for free?

I don't know much about e-readers, but did get the chance to play with a sony e-reader last week. That can read pdf files from the internet. Can the kindle not do that too?

bermudaonion said...

Sometimes I think it's a little too easy to buy books on the Kindle.

Nicole said...

I agree with Kathy. Those are amazing deals.

Beth F said...

Awesome shopping!!!!

Diane said...

This post was so helpful Molly as my Kindle just arrived yesterday. I charged it yesterday, and since today is pouring out and raw, I plan to play with it today. Definitely want to put some Collins books and Classics on, and I notice Outlander is just $2.??, so I may add that as well.

Off to read your initial e-reader post. Thanks again

Trish said...

Great finds, Molly! I still don't think I'm up for a Kindle--I like turning those pages and cuddling up with the book, but I'm starting to see those Kindles everywhere now!

Enjoy!

Margot at Joyfully Retired said...

I definitely want a Kindle and this post has really fueled my desire. I had no idea about all these classics available for such a small price. That's even more reasons for me to have one, right?

Glad you are getting so much enjoyment out of yours.

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