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Sophie Kinsella Has Written a New Shopaholic Short Story

Shopaholic on HoneymoonWriter Sophie Kinsella decided to give an early holiday gift to her fans. She announced on Facebook that she has written a new short story called “Shopaholic on Honeymoon.”

The title was released today as a free eBook in the United Kingdom, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and India. Readers in the United States and Canada will be able access this digital book on December 16th.

Follow this link to read the full piece online. Back in October, Dial Press released the seventh installment of the main series which is called Shopaholic to the Stars.

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Bryan Cranston Narrates ‘You Have to F***ing Eat’

You Have to Fucking EatBreaking Bad actor Bryan Cranston recorded a four-minute audiobook of Adam Mansbach‘s new children’s book for adultsYou Have to F***ing Eat. In an interview with The New York Times, Mansbach commented that Cranston “reads with such nuance.”

Audible has made the digital audiobook available for free until December 12th. Follow this link to download it.

Pulp Fiction actor Samuel L. Jackson served as the narrator for the audiobook edition of Mansbach’s previous titleGo the F*** to Sleep. Reading Rainbow host LeVar Burton read the story out loud during an appearance on the Rooster Teeth podcast; click here to watch a video that captured Burton’s recitation.

Scholastic Publishes the ‘Open a World of Possible’ Anthology as a Free eBook

scholasticlogo082310Scholastic has published a free eBook entitled Open a World of Possible: Real Stories About the Joy and Power of Reading to celebrate the launch of its new literacy initiative.

This anthology contains over 100 stories and essays written by literacy experts and authors. The dedication in this book honors the late Walter Dean Myers and features his quote: “Once I began to read, I began to exist.”

Some of the contributors include bestselling author James Patterson, former National Ambassador of Young People’s Literature Jon Scieska, and education expert Karen L. MappFollow this link to download the digital book.

Free Scary Books for Halloween

Looking for some scary books to prepare for Halloween? Below, we’ve collected 25 free scary books you can download right now.

In 2010, novelist Neil Gaiman created the “All Hallow’s Read,” literary holiday, a night to give someone you love a scary book. The writer explained the new tradition in the video embedded above–here’s more from the official site:

Obviously, we support bookshops and authors, but more than that, this is about making a holiday tradition of book-giving. So feel free to give second-hand books or books from your own shelves. And feel just as free to buy a beautiful new book from a small independent bookseller, or from online or… look, there’s no wrong way to buy a book. You can even gift it to their Kindle … If you do not know what scary book to give someone, talk to a bookseller or a librarian. They like to help. Librarians will not mind even if you admit that you are not planning to take out a book, but instead you are going to buy one and give it to someone.

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Marketing Your Book During the Holidays

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Self-publishing company Lulu has released a short free handbook called “Marketing Your Book for Holiday Sales.” Follow this link to download a free copy.

The book is based on a survey of almost 200 of the bestselling authors on Lulu. Here are a few key findings that inform the book:

60 percent of best-selling authors attributed their book’s success to meeting the needs or interests of well-defined niche audience.  Nine out of ten best-selling authors have published more than one book. The majority of best selling authors (57 percent) dedicated five hours or less to the marketing of their book each week.

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Free Books That Neil deGrasse Tyson Thinks Everybody Should Read

After celebrating his birthday, physicist and author Neil deGrasse Tyson turned to Twitter to express his problems with the hit movie, Gravity.

The physicist and author once answered a question that matters to all Galleycat readers: “Which books should be read by every single intelligent person on the planet?” He created a concise list of classic books. Follow the links below to download free ePub, Kindle or text versions of the books.

In the video embedded above,  Tyson answered another cosmic question–does the universe have a purpose? Do you agree with his answer?

 

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Free Samples of the National Book Award in Fiction Longlist

What was your favorite novel this year?

The first-ever longlist for the 2013 National Book Award in fiction has been revealed.

Below, we’ve collected free samples of the books on the longlist for your reading pleasure. We also found free samples of the young people’s literature longlist, the nonfiction longlist and the poetry longlist for 2013.

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Free Books That Inspired Roald Dahl

Happy birthday, Roald Dahl! To celebrate the author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and other classic kid’s books, we’ve dug up free eBooks that inspired him as a young boy.

In his autobiographical book, Boy: Tales of Childhood, Dahl explained how an English teacher named Mrs. O’Connor changed his life with her reading list. We’ve collected free eBooks from his early classroom assignments–follow the links below to download. The Telegraph has an excerpt:

In two and a half hours, we grew to love Langland and his Piers Plowman. The next Saturday, it was Chaucer, and we loved him, too. Even rather difficult fellows like Milton and Dryden and Pope all became thrilling when Mrs O’Connor told us about their lives and read parts of their work to us aloud. And the result of all this, for me at any rate, was that by the age of 13 I had become intensely aware of the vast heritage of literature that had been built up in England over the centuries. I also became an avid and insatiable reader of good writing.

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Kafka Shows Up in a Toilet Paper Commercial

In perhaps the strangest literary cameo of the year, a Franz Kafka book surfaced in a commercial for Charmin toilet paper.

In a series of interviews with animated bears about their bathroom habits, one young bear holds up a copy of Kafka’s The Metamorphosis and remarks, “Sometimes I like to bring a book.” We’ve embedded the video below–what do you think?

If you want to read Kafka’s great book, you can download a free copy. We also recommend you get a free copy of The Trial as well.

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Free Books To Celebrate Mary Shelley’s Birthday

Happy birthday, Mary Shelley! To celebrate her birthday, we’ve rounded up a collection of free eBooks you can read from the celebrated author of Frankenstein.

Washington Post books section deputy editor Ron Charles wrote a short essay about her most famous book. here’s an excerpt:

Shelley and her lover, Percy Shelley, were on vacation in Geneva when their traveling companions Lord Byron and John Polidori proposed they play the sort of party game that brilliant Romantic writers played before Trivial Pursuits: Who can write the best horror story? Polidori gave us “The Vampyre”; Mary Shelley dreamed up the too-bold scientist.

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