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help have recently joined the e readers revolution and am spending a fortune!

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fuckwittery Sat 23-Mar-13 09:09:28

I got a kindle fire and DH an ipad for Xmas and I've spent a fortune in the last 3 months on ebooks!

I seem to have read my way through all the decent free books/20p books or there's not enough to keep me going. Although I've just found a couple of new ones recommended on threads on this topic that I've downloaded.

I read loads as I'm currently struggling to sleep and read half the night!
There's only so much classic free fiction I can read (I like to alternate with more modern stuff) and I end up buying books I really want to read for several quid a pop. But then I read them in a day, and probably won't re-read on kindle/ipad, so it seems a bit of a waste. So are there any decent e-book libraries where you don't have to only borrow a book a month (was SO disappointed with kindle lending library).

Also when you're looking at the top books list (kindle and ebooks on ipad), is there any way of filtering out the soft porn stuff? It really offends me (and I like erotic literature, the stuff that appears on my list is sooooo badly written from the few samples I've sullied my eyes with and the cover photos and titles offensive!)

WipsGlitter Sat 23-Mar-13 09:11:14

I make a wish list if things I fancy and then keep an eye in it. Frequently the price drops a bit.

newbiefrugalgal Sat 23-Mar-13 09:12:12

Does your library offer this 'free' service. Worth checking

motherinferior Sat 23-Mar-13 09:12:15

Check out your local library; ours has an e-book section although it is not amazing.

TheNebulousBoojum Sat 23-Mar-13 09:13:28

I find going to 'The page you made' (bottom LHS) and deleting all the books I'd looked at and disliked meant that the choices for me mostly stuck to my areas of interest. Spring sale is on, I've spent a fortune but I've had my Kindle a couple of years now and kept mostly to £2.99 or less.
More than that, and I'd want the real thing. smile

fuckwittery Sat 23-Mar-13 09:16:00

wow, yes my library does offer the service brilliant! Now I better just pay a fortune in fines for the last lot of books I returned late blush, hopefully I will remember to return ebooks on time (or do they automatically take them back?). Will try and work out how it works!

fuckwittery Sat 23-Mar-13 09:17:56

it's not compatible with kindle, but hopefully I can download to DH's ipad which he might never get to play with again

DuchessofMalfi Sat 23-Mar-13 09:21:28

Our library only allows you to borrow ebooks on a kobo or other device but NOT a kindle sad. I'm thinking about getting the cheapest kobo so I can do this.

I also love that our library allows you to borrow audio books, and also download them onto an mp3/ipod. I've listened to quite a few already and have a huge wishlist building up. All for free smile I love my library smile smile smile

sashh Sat 23-Mar-13 09:22:00

project Gutenberg has free books.

There are other ways of getting free books that are not strictly legal, so I'm not telling you to look at torrenting.

TheNebulousBoojum Sat 23-Mar-13 09:28:39

Gutenberg's editing is truly dire in most cases though. I can't bear to read their versions.

GinOnTwoWheels Sat 23-Mar-13 11:21:38

Save the books you are interested in on ereaderiq and buy them when the price drops.

Keep an eye on the various sales Amazon have and the kindle daily deal.

They have a monthly selection of books for £2.99 or less as well.

Install Calibre and convert library books into the kindle format.

Arcticwaffle Sun 24-Mar-13 12:29:16

I alternate. Lots of free classics from Gutenberg (or the free versions on Amazon). Quite a few 20p or 30p Kindle Deals (some of these have been good, Winter in Madrid and Capital have been the sort of book I would have paid more for and I can't read them in a day), some tacky cheap Kindle chicklit or thrillers (The Expats, Thursdays in the Park, The love of my life, Second time around), and a few full price kindle books.

Overall I'm spending about the same as I might have pre-kindle but you do have to be a bit careful what you buy. And I have had to rediscover my adolecent enthusiasm for Russian classics, etc.

bran Sun 24-Mar-13 12:50:56

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

fuckwittery Sun 24-Mar-13 13:49:59

Thanks the spring sale is good, I think I have just been looking at the top 100 books and have read most of the decent ones there, but looking on the amazon website on my laptop brings up much more/is easier to navigate. Have ordered a few that should keep me going! have checked out ereaderiq

FakeHotCrossLobsters Mon 25-Mar-13 21:49:31

If you are an amazon prime user you can borrow some books from amazon for free as well.

But sign up for the daily deals email as well.

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