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How To Find Free Nook Books

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I have always been an avid reader, a love that was passed down by my dear old Mum. I was always that annoying kid who read books that were way beyond my years, and not because I was some sort of little genius. I just went with what my Mum gave me, and at the start those were Agatha Christie books, that I devoured in no time at all. Miss Marple was my Mum's favourite, and I had a penchant for Hercule Poirot, so we would take turns reading out favorites, and then pass them back and forth. In my older years our tastes went in different directions, with mine very much leaning towards horror. I'd always loved the old black and white fright flicks, and when I discovered Stephen King and Clive Barker, I knew the path I wanted to follow.

We did come together again for one book, or a series of books as they were released at the start, and that was Stephen King's Green Mile. It was first released as a serial novel, and we would take turns buying each subsequent month, with the buyer getting to read the next installment first. My Mum and I bonded over a lot of things, but books was where it all began, and it's a love that has never left me, much like the love for my Mum after she passed. Books have always been an escape of sorts for me, much the way writing has become, and I still think of her when I pick up a really good paperback, so to say that I was less than thrilled when e-readers came out was putting it mildly.

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A Change Of Heart

I had seen the Kindle in the store a few times, and was somewhat underwhelmed by what I saw. I found it to be a little gray and lifeless, as well as completely lacking in that new book smell. it wasn't until I paid one of my regular visits to Barnes and Noble. Noticing that a crowd had gathered around a booth that had been set up, I decided to go take a look, and it was then that I decided I wanted an e-reader. The fellow who was conducting the display showed all the great features of the NOOK, and all in glorious color. It was seeing the National Geographic magazine on there that sold me, and I decided I had to have one........well, as soon as I had the money.

That day came a couple of months later when I received a nice little bonus at work. I made sure to get approval from my wife first, always the obedient husband, and then rushed off to Wal-Mart to pick up my NOOK Color. It was love at first power up, that was until i realised that I actually had to pay for the books that I wanted too.

In Search Of A Freebie.

The goal at that point was to try and track down some free reading material so that I could test out my new baby. A quick search at the Barnes & Noble website revealed a couple of great ways to get my hands on ebooks at absolutely no charge. The first is to use the search function on the NOOK whilst shopping. It turns out that all you have to do is type in a price, as well as the genre you desire. A quick 0.00 horror in the search box revealed thousands of freebies just waiting for me to download. Sure there looked to be some horribly iffy titles, but I also found a few gems, and a friendship along the way, which I'll get to later.

I also discovered that Barnes & Noble offer what they call, Free Book Friday, where they put up one NOOK title every week for free download. The titles are usually very good, although not always in the genre you might want. The added bonus of this giveaway is that it comes in the NOOK forums in the B&N website, and other users are very quick to share others great free titles that they found during the previous week. I have scored more than my fair share of free ebooks this way.

Behind These Eyes Of Sleep

A Smashing Discovery.

During one of my 0.00 Horror searches I ran across a book of horror shorts by a writer named, Drew Brown. The stories were fantastic, and as I read the credits at the front of the book, I noticed that it was published at a site called Smashwords. Searching that site led me to a treasure trove of free books by self-published, undiscovered authors. I figured i would try and upload some of my own work there, and was delighted with how easy it was to do. I found Mr. Brown's bio on the Smashwords site and decided to contact him via Twitter. We now keep in touch regularly, and am delighted to announce that a zombie novel that he wrote, called Last Hope, was picked up by a publisher and will be released in paperback shortly. It's a great place to find undiscovered talent, as well as a slew of free NOOK books. You may have to wade through some dogs, but you will occasionally find that gem in the rough.

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Comments

Feb 6, 2012 5:23pm
miravu
Thanks for a great article! I was thinking pretty much the same thing earlier today. When the ebook revolution hit, I held onto my paperbacks fiercely protective of the age old tradition of curling up with a good book with pages that crinkle and smell like paper. After I gave ebooks a chance I realized how much they have to offer in terms of accessibility and portability. I'll have to check out smashwords...I usually stick to the free classics in the public domain. Thanks again!
Feb 7, 2012 5:51am
CrystalNici
I still have all my old paperback (and Hardback books) and I still buy new ones and would not change that for the world. That being said, its incredibly hard to take your entire bookshelf on holiday with you! I have an ipod and download free books onto that to take away when I am travelling, It is really fantastic. Im away again on Friday and will definitely be taking my pod with me. I do want an ebook reader tho, John could you do an article about this particular one with all the actual features on it, showing for example how it compares with the Ipad and the Kindle? That would be awesome. Pm me when it is done if you do it so I can have a look? That would be some more really useful information on here!
Nici xxx
Feb 7, 2012 5:51am
CrystalNici
I still have all my old paperback (and Hardback books) and I still buy new ones and would not change that for the world. That being said, its incredibly hard to take your entire bookshelf on holiday with you! I have an ipod and download free books onto that to take away when I am travelling, It is really fantastic. Im away again on Friday and will definitely be taking my pod with me. I do want an ebook reader tho, John could you do an article about this particular one with all the actual features on it, showing for example how it compares with the Ipad and the Kindle? That would be awesome. Pm me when it is done if you do it so I can have a look? That would be some more really useful information on here!
Nici xxx
Feb 7, 2012 10:38am
inkedwriter
Thanks Nici....I might just do that article.....good idea
Feb 9, 2012 8:48am
SamJones
This is brilliant i'm also an avid reader and love getting free books! Thanks for the tips on nook books!
Feb 10, 2012 5:51am
egdcltd
Always nice to find some free ebooks, I'd never heard of Smashworks, and I've downloaded a book to try. I get quite a few free ebooks from Baen, which are mainly fantasy and military sf (often, very right wing military sf).
Feb 10, 2012 11:46am
SandyBeachGuy
Great info, will definitely check out Smashworks for some free nook books. Thanks
Feb 10, 2012 1:45pm
brlamc
Nice article on the Nook and free Nook books. I need to buy one of these eBook devices but not sure which one to get. Is the Nook better than the Kindle? Not sure which ereader is the better one. There's so many choices!
Feb 10, 2012 1:51pm
inkedwriter
I bought my Nook before they went to more of a tablet type format, like the Kindle Fire. I loved the color aspect of it, and my basic Nook color now performs much like a tablet in that I can get Netflix movies on there, download apps and all sorts of other goodies. When testing them both out about a year ago, I much preferred the Nook over the Kindle.
Feb 10, 2012 10:40pm
mommymommymommy
My nine year old twins bought themselves Nooks with gift cards and are great at finding free books to read.
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