Helen (heleninwales) wrote,

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Public service announcement

There are Free eBooks available from the Book Depository.

An announcement here in dianawynnejones set me off post haste to find out more details of the new Diana Wynne Jones book, Enchanted Glass which of course entailed looking at the Amazon.co.uk page and, for comparison, the Book Depository site.

And so my eye chanced to fall on their promotion which involves giving away eBooks. As it happens, I had intended to go and have a look on Project Gutenburg for an electronic copy of Paul Clifford by Edward Bulwer-Lytton, but a quick search revealed that it was indeed available as a PDF from the Book Depository. I will now experiment with reading on the Eee because if it works, it will allow access to lots of books that I just don't have room for in physical form.

If you're wondering why on earth I want to read an author who is now best known for writing what is sometimes considered the worst opening sentence ever, it's because there was a BBC Radio 4 programme about him and I was persuaded that there was far more to him than, "It was a dark and stormy night..." and that the story was worth persisting with beyond that opening sentence.

Did you know, for instance, that if it hadn't been for Bulwer-Lytton, British Columbia would now be an American state? He also wrote some early examples of what are now very popular genres, including SF.

Anyway, I don't know whether the Book Depository eBooks contain things that aren't already available elsewhere, but I just thought I'd draw your attention to them.
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