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Free Books for Mother’s Day

Looking for a literary Mother’s Day gift?

Fill your mom’s iPad, Kindle, Nook or other eReader with classic eBooks about mothers. Below, we’ve linked to a collection of the most popular fiction about mothers in Project Gutenberg.

These are not all sentimental or happy stories, but they will give your mom some classic literature to enjoy all year round.

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Free Books for Cinco de Mayo

As we celebrate Cinco de Mayo this weekend, we’ve collected a long list of free eBooks about Mexico. These books come from the Internet Archive, and include a treasure trove of 18th, 19th and 20th Century writings about Mexico.

See the country through the eyes of explorers, archeologists, travelers, writers and colonizers in these books. History Channel described the holiday:

[It] commemorates the Mexican army’s 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War (1861-1867) … Cinco de Mayo traditions include parades, mariachi music performances and street festivals in cities and towns across Mexico and the United States.

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William Shakespeare’s Birthday Flowchart

Goodreads has created a massive William Shakespeare flowchart to celebrate the famous author’s birthday today.

We’ve embedded the complete chart below–visit AppNewser to download free copies of all these plays.

If you want all these poems and plays in a single place, you can download a free copy of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare. If you don’t feel like reading a whole play, try Shakespeare’s Sonnets.

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Did Amanda McKittrick Ros Write the Worst Novel Ever?

What is the worst book ever written? For the last century, many readers have argued that Amanda McKittrick Ros wrote the worst books ever.

Download a free copy of Ros’ Irene Iddesleigh novel and decide for yourself. Published in 1887, the book has a long history among critics. In his Kindle Single “Epic Fail,” author Mark O’Connell rounded up some famous fans of Ros’ unique “accidental surrealism.” Here’s an excerpt:

There were Amanda McKittrick Ros societies at Oxford and Cambridge. C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and their fellow Inklings were largely responsible for this enthusiasm: the informal Oxford literary group held sporadic Ros reading competitions, in which the winner was the member who could read from one of her novels for the longest without breaking into laughter … She was a sort of Bizarro World Oscar Wilde: an Irish author who became a London cause célèbre for the complete witlessness of her writing. Her fame even reached the shores of the New World, with no less a figure than Mark Twain crowning her “Queen & Empress of the Hogwash Guild.”

Travel the World with Free Children’s Books

What’s your favorite children’s book setting?

The travel site cheapflights.co.uk has published an infographic exploring some of the most beautiful real-life locations from children’s books.

We’ve embedded the complete infographic below along with free digital book links to some of the books for your for your Kindle, iPad or other eReader.

 

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Free eBooks by Virginia Woolf

The great author Virginia Woolf drowned 72 years ago today. To remember her literary legacy, we’ve rounded up four free Woolf books for your Kindle, iPad or other eReader–follow the links below to download. You can find the rest of her books at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

Over at Brain Pickings, Maria Popova has collected condolence letters from other authors and linked to Patti Smith‘s tribute to Woolf. Here’s an excerpt from the letters post:

On March 28, 1941, at the gruesome onset of WWII, Virginia Woolf filled the pockets of her overcoat with rocks, treaded into the River Ouse behind the house in East Sussex where she lived with her husband Leonard, and drowned herself. She had succumbed to a relapse of the all-consuming depression she had narrowly escaped in her youth. Once news of her death broke, an outpour of condolence letters captured the enormous collective grief, mourning at once the deeply personal emptiness left behind by a remarkable woman and a loyal friend, and the severe cultural loss of a brilliant mind and a transcendent artist.

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‘How to Make a Kindle Book Cover’ Free Today

Our sibling blog AppNewser features a new free eBook every day. Today they spotlighted a free book to help you design a cover for your digital book.

Check it out:

How to Make a Kindle Book Cover: Step-by-Step Instructions to Make High-Impact eBook Covers with Photoshop Elements 11 by Charity Milan is today’s Free eBook of the Day. The book is a guide to helping you package your eBook. Check it out: “Find detailed step-by-step instructions that will teach you how to use Photoshop Elements 11 to get professional, compelling covers done — taught by an author who learned the program and has printed plenty of Kindle books under a plethora of pen names.”

Free Books for Extraterrestrial Abduction Day

Happy Extraterrestrial Abduction Day!

To help you celebrate, we’ve rounded up some free fiction, nonfiction and audio about alien abductions–inspiring reading for all kinds of writers. Yahoo News had more about the holiday:

Extraterrestrial Abduction Day, sometimes called Alien Abduction Day, could be the answer to your financial, mortgage and bad boss troubles. Maybe a UFO will land, abduct you and relocate you to a better world. In previous years, people (or aliens?) have celebrates this odd holiday with festivals or movie marathons … Stay safe indoors, and away from alien abduction hot spots.

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Free Books by Philip Roth’s Favorite Authors

The great novelist Philip Roth turned 80 years old today.

To celebrate his birthday, we’ve linked to a long list of free eBooks that inspired his long career as a novelist–follow the links below to download for your Kindle, Nook, iPad or other popular reader.

The New Yorker has more details: “Roth told Les inRocks that when he turned seventy-four he reread his favorite authors—Dostoyevsky, Conrad, Turgenev, Hemingway.”

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Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code eBook Free Until March 24

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of The Da Vinci Code, Doubleday is giving away digital copies of Dan Brown‘s runaway bestseller until March 24.

The book will include the prologue and first chapter of Inferno, Brown’s upcoming novel. Follow these links to download: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, GoogleSony Reader, Apple iBookstore and Kobo. Brown also revealed his only U.S. appearance to support the book:

Doubleday also announces today that Mr. Brown will speak at Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center on May 15 at 7:30 pm. The talk will be his only U.S. appearance, and Doubleday is providing a live stream to bookstores and libraries across the country. To date, 150 outlets have signed on to share the event with their communities. Tickets go on-sale today through the Lincoln Center Box office and [at this link].

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