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Re: Free kindle ebooks

Post by Rob Lister » Wed Jul 26, 2017 4:34 pm

Abdul Alhazred wrote:That's not the cover art I recall, but what I said in general still goes.
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Re: Free kindle ebooks

Post by Abdul Alhazred » Wed Jul 26, 2017 4:37 pm

Just as an aside, anyone here who hasn't read it yet should get on the stick already. :coolspecs:
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Re: Free kindle ebooks

Post by xouper » Wed Jul 26, 2017 4:38 pm

Rob Lister wrote:
Abdul Alhazred wrote:That's not the cover art I recall, but what I said in general still goes.
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I like that cover better. Does anyone know why the amazon store shows a generic cover?

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Re: Free kindle ebooks

Post by gnome » Wed Jul 26, 2017 4:46 pm

xouper wrote:
It appears they are collections of short stories, one per chapter.

Chapters 10 through 19 appear to be the same in both books. I only spot checked some of the paragraphs, so there could be differences I suppose. If I were truly motivated, I could convert them from kindle format to text format and do a document compare.

The other chapters appear to be the same stories but in a different chapter order.

Except each book has one chapter that is not in the other book:

In Flavor of the Week: BOOK 6: THE OUTLANDISH (ALIEN ROMANCE)
In Set Up: BOOK 9: GOOD ENOUGH (GAY ROMANCE)

I did not check the other pair of books (The Stranger vs Don't Arrest Me).

I'm glad I didn't pay good money for them. It might be interesting to read some of the reviews, assuming there are any. Except all four books have gone missing from amazon. Good thing I archived the original product pages on my hard drive.

Wait, I found them. All four are still there on amazon but using different ASINs. All four have a new publishing date of July 24, 2017, and they are priced at $0.99. Same covers, same titles, and same authors. Probably same content, although I have no way to verify that unless they become free some day (they're on my watch list).

Fascinating.
I'm envisioning a particularly spazzy author with little sense of version control.
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Re: Free kindle ebooks

Post by Rob Lister » Wed Jul 26, 2017 5:11 pm

xouper wrote:
Rob Lister wrote:
Abdul Alhazred wrote:That's not the cover art I recall, but what I said in general still goes.
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I like that cover better. Does anyone know why the amazon store shows a generic cover?
It's actually a very good, if quick read; worthy of an afternoon. More entertaining than most things on Netflix. I'm a little surprised none of the publishing houses picked him up.

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Re: Free kindle ebooks

Post by gnome » Wed Jul 26, 2017 6:48 pm

I concur, I really enjoyed it myself.
"If fighting is sure to result in victory, then you must fight! Sun Tzu said that, and I'd say he knows a little bit more about fighting than you do, pal, because he invented it, and then he perfected it so that no living man could best him in the ring of honor. Then, he used his fight money to buy two of every animal on earth, and then he herded them onto a boat, and then he beat the crap out of every single one. And from that day forward any time a bunch of animals are together in one place it's called a zoo! (Beat) Unless it's a farm!"
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Re: Free kindle ebooks

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Re: Free kindle ebooks

Post by xouper » Mon Jul 31, 2017 6:31 am

As part of today's haul, I bought this free kindle book by Chris Michael Wilson, what appears to be book one of a series:

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https://www.amazon.com/dp/B074875L4L/

So I thought I would search the kindle store for other books by the same author, so (from the book product page) I clicked on the author link and here's what I got:
10 results for Kindle Store: "Chris Michael Wilson"
  1. Heaven Was Detroit: From Jazz to Hip-Hop and Beyond (Painted Turtle)
    by M. L. Liebler and Dave Marsh
  2. The Strong Gray Line: War-time Reflections from the West Point Class of 2004
    by Cory Wallace and Jim Wilson
  3. The Best Australian Poems 2010
    by Robert Adamson and Ali Alizadeh
  4. Children and Adolescents in Trauma: Creative Therapeutic Approaches: 18 (Community, Culture and Change)
    by Chris Nicholson and Michael Irwin and Kedar Dwivedi
  5. An Occupational Therapist's Guide to Sleep and Sleep Problems (Occupational Therapists Guides)
    by Carly Brown and Andrew Green
  6. The Best Australian Poems 2015
    by Geoff Page and Michael Sharkey
  7. Intellectual Disability and Dementia: Research into Practice
    by Karen Watchman and Trevor Chan
  8. Campbell Biology, Canadian Edition
    by Jane B. Reece and Lisa A. Urry
  9. Magium: The Mage Tournament: Book 1
    by Chris Michael Wilson
  10. A New Imperative: Regions and higher education in difficult times (Universities and Lifelong Learning MUP)
    by Chris Duke and Michael Osborne
Seriously?? :o :o :o

Only one of those books is by the author I was searching for.

Yet another example that amazon's search function is borken.

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Post by Abdul Alhazred » Mon Jul 31, 2017 9:25 am

Bonfire of the Vanities etc



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Re: Free kindle ebooks

Post by Witness » Mon Jul 31, 2017 8:59 pm

xouper wrote:Yet another example that amazon's search function is borken.
Not at all, it just "expands your choices". :wink:

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Re: Free kindle ebooks

Post by xouper » Mon Aug 07, 2017 4:40 am

One of the interesting things about this hobby is finding some strange stuff.

In today's haul of free kindle books, I got this one:

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https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0713X13Y6/
It's The Worst Book Ever Written:
Don't Waste Your Money Buying This,
You're Not Going to Get a Refund

by Lucas Robak

1.0 out of 5 stars 19 customer reviews

Kindle $0.00
Paperback $21.77

Amazon Best Sellers Rank:
#1 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Biographies & Memoirs > True Crime > White Collar Crime
#3 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Education & Teaching > Teacher Resources > Education Theory
Maybe later I'll look through it to see if I should ask for my money back. :P

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Re: Free kindle ebooks

Post by xouper » Sun May 13, 2018 11:51 pm

Another free one, and topical for this forum:
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Re: Free kindle ebooks

Post by xouper » Thu Aug 16, 2018 12:07 am

Today I hit a milestone. As of a few moments ago, I now have more than 300,000 free kindle books, according to amazon. And I have an email invoice for each and every one of them.

It took me three years to get the first hundred thousand.
It took me another year to get the second hundred thousand.
And then six months to get the third hundred thousand.

That's about 550 books per day, every day for six months.

At that rate it will take me maybe another 3.5 years to get to a million. Assuming I can actually get that many. And assuming I can keep up that high rate, which at this point seems less than certain. I found out recently that Amazon only has about 5 million kindle books, so it may not be possible to get to a million freebies. We shall see.

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Re: Free kindle ebooks

Post by xouper » Thu Aug 16, 2018 12:14 am

The most expensive free book I got so far is this monster, which I got about a month ago shortly after it was published. Retails for $500.00.

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Safety and Reliability – Safe Societies in a Changing World
Proceedings of ESREL 2018, June 17-21, 2018, Trondheim, Norway
Print Length: 3234 pages
Publisher: CRC Press; 1 edition (June 15, 2018)
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07DV5F71F/

It's also available for free (as a pdf) directly from the publisher, which is a reputable publisher of technical books.
https://www.crcpress.com/Safe-Societies ... 0815386827

I now have both, the kindle and the pdf. In fact, I suspect the kindle edition is merely the pdf in a kindle wrapper, since the kindle edition text does not reflow like a normal kindle book does.

Previous years proceedings are $494.99 for the pdf. I was not able to find any of those previous years for free, not even on amazon. Thus I am predicting that the 2018 edition will also be $500 by this time next year, when I hope to get the 2019 edition for free.

That's a lot of pages. Thumbing through the table of contents, there is a lot of interesting stuff in there — and I do mean a lot, since the average chapter is maybe ten pages — and I can now say I have actually read one of my free kindle books. Well, one chapter anyway, called, "Safety analysis of autonomous driving using semi-Markov processes". I was curious to know how they used Markov models and what their conclusion is. I was surprised to learn they recommend skipping level three autonomy mode and going straight to level four. Makes sense to me.

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Re: Free kindle ebooks

Post by Witness » Thu Aug 16, 2018 12:19 am

xouper wrote:
Thu Aug 16, 2018 12:07 am
That's about 550 books per day, every day for six months.
You automated the downloading process?

xouper wrote:
Thu Aug 16, 2018 12:07 am
At that rate it will take me maybe another 3.5 years to get to a million.
1 h / book, 8 h / day, it would take 300+ years to read that million. But I understand it's not for reading… :mrgreen:

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Re: Free kindle ebooks

Post by xouper » Thu Aug 16, 2018 12:45 am

Witness wrote:
Thu Aug 16, 2018 12:19 am
xouper wrote:
Thu Aug 16, 2018 12:07 am
That's about 550 books per day, every day for six months.
You automated the downloading process?
The kindle app for windows automatically downloads my purchases to my hard drive. And it crashes regularly while trying to do that. I suspect the programmers did not anticipated this level of usage. I'm watching the memory usage and I predict that by 500,000 books, because it is a 32-bit app, it will hit the 2 gigabyte limit and crash permanently, even though I have 8 gb ram installed. I am hoping by then they will release an update that might (perhaps inadvertently) solve that problem.