A Visit from the Ghosts of Authors Past: The Lure of Free Classics

If you’re into e-books, you’ve doubtless discovered how many freebies are available for download from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Project Gutenberg. Many of these are classic works of literature that have been available on the web for years, but it appears that the added convenience of downloading them wirelessly is creating a new audience among e-readers. Just take a look at Amazon’s list of Top 100 Free downloads. As I’m writing this, the Top 15 includes The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes at number 6, Pride and Prejudice (without zombies) at 10, A Christmas Carol at 12, and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland at 14. Farther down the list are Treasure Island, War and Peace, The Scarlet Letter, Little Women, and on and on. I’ve been bitten by this bug myself and downloaded several of that long list of classic works I always meant to read but never got around to.

If you have a Kindle, check out this blog post on how to download the free Gutenberg library books directly to your Kindle. Although many of these are available for free download from Amazon, a recent Washington Post article reports that Amazon has begun charging for many of the books that can be had for free directly from Gutenberg. As for me, I’ve just downloaded A Christmas Carol and look forward to a visit from Marley’s ghost in the original version.

About glcraig

Gretchen Craig’s lush, sweeping tales deliver edgy, compelling characters who test the boundaries of integrity, strength, and love. Told with sensitivity, the novels realistically portray the raw suffering of people in times of great upheaval. Gretchen was born and raised in Florida. She’s lived in climates and terrain as diverse as the white beaches of the Gulf Coast, the rocky shores of Maine, and the dusty plains of Texas. Her awareness of place imbues every page with the smell of the bayous of Louisiana, the taste of gumbo in New Orleans, or the grit of a desert storm. Rich in compelling characters and historical detail, Always and Forever is a sweeping saga of Josie and Cleo, mistress and slave. Amid Cajuns and Creoles, the bonds between these two remarkable women are tested by prejudice, tragedy, and passion for one extraordinary man. Gretchen’s first novel won the Colorado Romance Writers Award of Excellence for Mainstream with Romantic Elements and was chosen as an Editor’s Pick in the Historical Novel Society reviews. Ever My Love, winner of the Booksellers Best Award from the Greater Detroit Romance Writers of America, continues the story of Cleo and Josie’s families, of their struggle for principle, justice, and love in a world where the underpinnings of the plantation culture are crumbling. Crimson Sky, inspired by the pueblos, mountains, and deserts of New Mexico, evokes the lives of people facing neighboring marauders and drought. Now the march of Spanish Conquistadors up the Rio Grande threatens their homeland, their culture, and their entire belief system.
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2 Responses to A Visit from the Ghosts of Authors Past: The Lure of Free Classics

  1. Winona Cross says:

    I received my Kindle for Christmas last year and I love it. Finding the free books at Amazon wasn’t difficult. I now have 115 books on my Kindle. Many are the classics you mentioned, including “War and Peace.” Thanks for a wonderful website and blog.

    • glcraig says:

      Hi, Winona. Thank you for leaving a comment on my blog. I know it’s absurd how long ago you did that, but I have only just today discovered the “More” button on my comments page. Yeah, I’m 110. Did you wade through War and Peace? I gave up.
      Gretchen Craig

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