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July 9, 2010

Free ebooks from Borders

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In the latest salvo in the digital reading wars, Borders is making a push against competitors such as Amazon's Kindle and Barnes & Noble's nook, by offering five free ebooks. Anyone who downloads a free Borders application today through Wednesday, July 14, can choose titles that include "Frankenstein: Prodigal Son," by Dean Koontz, "One Shot" by Lee Child, "Julia's Kitchen Wisdom" by Julia Child and "Master your Metabolism" by Jillian Michaels.

The offer follows the launch of the Borders-branded digital store, powered by Kobo, and the release of Borders' BlackBerry, Android, iPad and iPhone ebook apps. The app is also available for desktop comuters.

"We're committed to giving our customers the best possible value in digital books, independent of the device ... " Borders CEO Mike Edwards said in a news release. "To thank our customers for their continued loyalty to the Borders brand, we want to provide them a sample of the great content available on"

The competition among ebook retailers is good news for consumers. Just recently, we've seen Amazon drop the Kindle price from $259 to $189, and Barnes & Noble respond with its own deals. At some point, there's likely to be a shakeout, and some competitors will drop out. But for now, the deals are sweet and getting sweeter.

Posted by Dave Rosenthal at 10:17 AM | | Comments (5)


Just another sign that all of the entertainment industry is taking a hit from the economy, even book stores. Free can jump start sales. I wish them the best of luck - some good titles in there.

I was kind of wondering how many ebook readers I would need to load on my iPad - currently I have:
1. iBooks
2. eReader (Fictionwise's - low resolution reader)
3. Kindle
4. B&N eReader
5. Stanza (the only app that lets me read my Fictionwise purchashes at iPad resolution)

For 5 free books it's worth loading another app, assuming there are good books to choose from.

Thanks for the tip.

I downloaded the B&N ereader because of this article and was rather disappointed with it. It's sort of confusing to navigate and when you click anything, it sits there for a minute before it loads the page and you can't tell if it's responding at all. And when I tried to download one of the free books, I found that the app requires credit card info (even though there's no charge made to it). Then when I entered the info and clicked to buy the book, no response for a few seconds, and then was told the app 'could not process my request' and to 'please try again later'. I did what everyone does in this type of situation, I clicked the buy button again, got the same thing... like 4 times. Never did get the book. Finally gave up on that one and went to look at another of the free books and even though I'd clicked the box to remember my credit card info, was asked to enter it again. Free is a good thing--when it actually works.

Wow! Frankenstein: Prodigal Son? I can't believe that they have their own Sony eBook version of it. Too bad I missed it. I should have seen this blog a long time ago! Dang!

Just another sign that all of the entertainment industry is taking a hit from the economy, even book stores.

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Dave Rosenthal came to The Baltimore Sun as a business reporter in 1987 and now is the Maryland Editor. He reads a wide range of books (but never as many as he'd like), usually alternating between non-fiction and fiction. Some all-time favorites: A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole; Wind, Sand and Stars by Antoine de Saint-Exupery; and anything by Calvin Trillin or John McPhee. He belongs to a book club with a Jewish theme.
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