It’s Read an eBook Week! Have you read one yet? If not, pull up a chair…lots of sites are getting in on the action! Plus we’re giving away some Kindle2 cases, so read on for more details!
(image courtesy Tempe library)
There are honestly too many to list them all. You can see the full list, but I wanted to highlight some of my personal favorites.
First, apparently Smashwords is getting, well, smashed by demand…their site has been down on and off since Sunday! They are offering some great free and low cost ebooks from a variety of authors, so if you are looking for something new and different, check them out (if you can access them! As of Tuesday night their site is still down!)
If comics are more your area of interest, check out. They are offering up a free ebook a day from March 7th-13th. And if you have a really big appetite for comics, they also have a whole list of to get you started.
What if you really want the latest NYTimes bestseller? Kobo Books is offering 10% off with the code “Read2010″ valid from March 7-13th.
BooksOnBoard is also offering freebies during this week, so it is worth poking around there as well!
Remember, you can read any of these books through Stanza on your iPhone, Aldiko on an Android device, on any ePUB ebook reader, and even on your Kindle! If you don’t already have an ebook reader, a few suggestions on how you could spend that tax refund…
Jetbook lite: Cheapest ebook reader available, has an LCD screen instead of eInk, so page turns are significantly faster.
Sony Pocket Edition: A basic ebook reader, with a slightly smaller screen than its cousin the Sony Touch Edition (or the nook or the Kindle). It is very pocketable, solidly built, and can be found for as low as $149 refurbished.
PocketBook 360: Another basic reader, this one is lighter and more compact than many others out there. It also features the ability to rotate the display, making it both right and left-hand friendly.
Kindle2: Amazon’s ebook reader. Books can be purchased and loaded via Whispernet or sideloaded via USB.
nook: Barnes and Noble’s flagship ebook reader. It has had a checkered past but reportedly firmware updates have made it significantly better.
Sony Touch Edition: Pricey for a device with no 3G, but it does offer a touchscreen if you crave sliding your fingers all around your book.
Sony Daily Edition: Offers a 7inch screen, but also clocks in at a higher price than its main competitors the nook and the Kindle.
Kindle DX: 9.7inch screen version of the Kindle2. Excellent if you prefer a larger screen or want to do a great deal of PDF-based reading.
Entourage Edge: A hybrid ebook reader/android tablet. This was just released recently, and reports are that it is excellent for technical work involving PDFs, or any type of reading that requires jotting notes, etc.
Camangi/Archos Android Tablets: Great if you are familiar with Android, but if you are just looking to pick up and read a book, a dedicated reader might be a better choice. Or wait until the next generation of Android Tablets like the Notion Ink Adam start trickling out.
iPad: Not out yet, but apparently has this thing called iBooks…
Gear Diary Giveaway:
So now that we’ve gotten you all hyped up, we want to hear about YOUR ebook experiences. Tell us in the comments about your favorite ebook reading device, your first ebook, why you love/hate reading on eInk…just sound off on the whole category. We have 3 JavoEdge Kindle 2 cases to give away (see Judie’s review of them here), and the winners will be picked at random from the comments below. You have until March 13th, so get commenting!