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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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Free Books That Inspired Martin Luther King, Jr.

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s immortal “I Have a Dream” speech, we have collected links to free digital editions of the books that inspired the great leader’s life and writings. Follow this link to read and listen to a recording of the speech.

We’ve included some of his favorite books, but King also taught a Seminar In Social Philosophy at Morehouse College in 1961. We found the complete outline of his syllabus at The King Center’s massive archive.

Follow these links to explore more free eBooks at Project Gutenberg: our 50 Free eBooks To Be Thankful For list, our Free Books for Halloween collection, our Free Herman Melville books list, our Free Books That Inspired David Foster Wallace list and Free Books Neil deGrasse Tyson Thinks Everybody Should Read.

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100 Classic Free Books for Your End of Summer Reading

Web developer Christopher Pound mounted a data mining expedition deep into the free book lists at Project Gutenberg, creating a list of the 100 most popular books by 100 different authors on the site.

The top books list on Project Gutenberg is usually dominated by popular writers with more than one book, but this list creates a different kind of spread. We’ve linked to the top five books below for your weekend reading pleasure. Follow this link to explore the complete list:

As a follow-up to messing around with Goodreads and Project Gutenberg last week, I wondered what the top 100 list would look like with no duplicate authors, so I generated the list below, removing works by authors who have work higher on the list. What I like about the result is how dense it is with different themes, concerns, styles, etc. It’s an intriguing condensation of Project Gutenberg’s fiction collection and perhaps a better reading list for absorbing common literary reference points among works available in English.

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How Many Books Have You Read From a 1907 High School Reading List?

Renaissance Learning has released its fifth edition of the What Kids Are Reading report. Among the many topics covered in the free report, it compared high school reading across the last century.

Below, we’ve linked to free eBook copies of the most popular books in 1907, 1923 and 1964. The complete report noted “a decline over time in the complexity of required texts for high school students.” Follow this link for an infographic summary of the research. Here’s more from the report:

Although our analysis is restricted to the  period of 1907 to 2012, there is evidence that writing has become less complex over the last several hundred  years. Complexity is impacted in part by average sentence length; books with longer sentences tend to be more  difficult to comprehend than books with shorter sentences … it is worth noting that just because the books students are being assigned to read are less complex than in  prior years, this does not necessarily mean that they cannot read or comprehend books at higher levels, nor can  we assume that assigning more complex texts would necessarily lead to improvements in achievement.

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