From the monthly archives:

October 2010

Best Places To Get Ebooks

by Ebook Doctor on October 5, 2010


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As an ebook reader user, you must shop around when it comes to buying ebooks. There are now many stores selling downloadable books but prices vary, so its definitely good to have a good list of E sources around.

Firstly we’ll look at the free ebook sources out there, where you can find a treasure trove of out of print books to download free.

Getting free ebooks

The best place for free books is Project Gutenberg – From classics such as the Art Of War, Alice In Wonderland, or Pride And Prejudice – You will be able to find hundreds of thousands of ebooks downloadable in all formats (epub/kindle/pdf/txt).

There are a few other sites out there which also provide free books but these are usually taken from Project Gutenberg! If you use popular bit torrent websites, you can also find a wide range of popular books there. (Quality varies, and if you enjoy the book please buy so support the author)

Best places to buy ebooks in the UK

Kobo Books – Kobo Books have a larger store (2 million titles) with some great prices. You can download their e-reader software on your PC, Mac, Ipad, iphone or download the ebooks in epub/pdf format. (compatible with most ebook readers)

Diesel Ebooks – Diesel Ebooks usually have the best prices on ebooks in the UK and have a surprisingly large catalogue of ebooks you can purchase in all the major formats. Buying is easy and you get rewards when you purchase books which you can redeem for money off your next order. (Compatible with most ebook readers)

Amazon Kindle Store – If you own a Kindle, or an Ipad this is the best ebook book store to use. Amazon have really competitive prices on ebooks, its just a shame that you can’t download these ebooks in popular formats for other ebook readers.

Waterstones – Waterstones have an ebook section on their website (click ebooks), but their catalogue is nowhere near as big as Kobo or Diesel, nor is their purchase process as user friendly.

Best places to buy ebooks in the USA / Worldwide

Ebooks.com – This is the reference when it comes to ebook stores. With a large catalogue and competitive prices.

Kobo Books – Kobo Books have a larger store (2 million titles) with some good prices too. You can download their e-reader software on your PC, Mac, Ipad, iphone or download the ebooks in epub/pdf format. (compatible with most ebook readers)

Diesel Ebooks – Diesel Ebooks usually have the best prices on ebooks in the US and have a surprisingly large catalogue of ebooks you can purchase in all the major formats. Buying is easy and you get rewards when you purchase books which you can redeem for money off your next order. (Compatible with most ebook readers)

Amazon Kindle Store – If you own a Kindle, or an Ipad this is the best ebook book store to use. Amazon have really competitive prices on ebooks, its just a shame that you can’t download these ebooks in popular formats for other ebook readers.

Best places to buy ebooks if you have an Ipad / Iphone?

The Apple Ipad and Iphone have access to the Ibook store by default, but as an Ipad user I can never find the best deals on ebooks there. These are usually 10-25% more expensive than on Amazon.

But, there are some great alternatives:

Kobo Books– Sign up to Kobo and download their Ipad/Iphone app to buy books direct from the Kobo Book store for some great discounts.

Amazon Kindle Store – Amazon have a really nice Ipad/Iphone app which I use daily where you can buy ebooks in one click, and sync all your kindle ebook purchases. This way you get to use your Ipad as an ebook reader, and get some really good discounts on ebooks. To use, just create an account and use this when downloading your ipad/iphone app.

Best places to buy audiobooks?

Its quite difficult to find downloadable audiobooks, as many are available as cd’s which makes it a pain to use on MP3 players or ipods/iphones.
We recommend getting a subscription to Audible which lets you download audiobooks from as little as £4/$6.

Click here for the UK free trial offer.
Click here for the US free trial offer.

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