Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Free, for a time.

Andrys Basten writes a blog called A Kindle World blog . It is her labour of love and it is worth a read for anybody who owns an Amazon Kindle. She passes on a whole range of tips for the Kindle owner. She features cheap and free eBooks for readers to think about. She also lists on her right hand sidebar a number of very useful links.

I would like to draw your attention to the FREE NON-Classics Today UK: PubDate link. Quite often some Amazon Kindle eBooks are available for free but only for a very limited time. You do not know how long these eBooks will be free for, it may be a day or even a few hours! Slow moving eBooks may be free for quite a while but if they make a buzz the price will rise.

On Sunday I followed the link and downloaded 4 free eBooks to my Kindle. Looking on Amazon at those 4 eBooks today, 1 eBook is still free. 2 eBooks have risen in price to £1.95 each and 1 eBook has risen to an amazing £6.56 - WOW! - I got it for FREE on Sunday.

You may wonder what eBook I got for free, that is now on offer for £6.56 - go on have a guess?

Such a sharp rise in price would generally indicate a book that is sexy or controversial. Maybe a book that has won an award or from a top selling author. Maybe a book featured on television or has a cult following. Maybe a book by a celebrity or one that has been made into a film.

This book is non of the above, it is a little known book with a very small target audience. It is called Learn HTML, XHTML, CSS, and JavaScript With Ease by w3schools . An indispensable introductory guide to creating web pages using the most up-to-date standards. This beginner guide shows you how to use XHTML, CSS, and JavaScript to create compelling Web sites. While learning these technologies, you will discover coding practices such as writing code that works on multiple browsers including mobile devices, how to use AJAX frameworks to add interactivity to your pages, and how to ensure your pages meet accessible requirements. There are no customer reviews yet on Amazon.co.uk.

So this tale shows that some excellent eBooks are free, for a time. When you see them as downloadable for free, you should download quickly because they may not be free, hours later. These free eBooks are strictly time limited. Andrys Basten repeats this advice quite often and I am glad that I took her advice.
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