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Take a Blind Date with a Free eBook

This weekend, why not take a blind date with a free eBook?

For years, libraries around the country have offered patrons a “blind date with a book.” They wrapped a book in brown paper to hide its true identity, offering a coy description of its contents. Like any good blind date, you have to give the mystery book a try.

We’ve adapted the concept for our digital reading audience, creating blind date descriptions for five free and classic digital books below. Over at AppNewser, you can take a blind date with a free app.

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Free Books for Valentine’s Day

This Valentine’s Day, why not fill your lover’s digital device with love stories?

Below, we’ve linked to the most popular free love stories on Project Gutenberg, enough classic literature to keep you reading together for the rest of the year.

 

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Blind Date with a Free eBook

This weekend, why not take a blind date with a free eBook?

For years, libraries around the country have offered patrons a “blind date with a book.” They wrapped a book in brown paper to hide its true identity, offering a coy description of its contents. Like any good blind date, you have to give the mystery book a try.

We’ve adapted the concept for our digital reading audience, creating blind date descriptions for five free and classic digital books below.

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Get a Free Copy of Poetry Magazine

The Poetry Foundation will offer free copies of Poetry magazine in celebration of National Poetry Month 2013.

Sign up online to receive your free copy. Individuals, book clubs and reading groups must send in a request by March 24th.  Please note that each recipient (individuals or groups) will receive up to ten free copies only.

Here’s more from the release: “The April 2013 issue of Poetry includes new poems by Adam Kirsch, Jane Hirshfield, Eavan Boland, Michael Robbins, Randall Mann, Dean Young, Lucie Brock-Broido, and J.T. Barbarese; prose by Christina Pugh; first appearances by Anna Maria Hong, Gwyneth Lewis, Mary Moore Easter, and Jamaal May; and the continuation of the feature ‘A Few More Don’ts,’ (commemorating Ezra Pound’s famous ‘A Few Don’ts by an Imagiste’) featuring Marjorie Perloff, William Logan, and Sina Queyras.”

Free Books That Inspired Martin Luther King, Jr.

As Americans celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, we have collected links to free digital editions of the books that inspired the life and writings of Martin Luther King, Jr..

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 Edgar Allan Poe books collection, our Downton Abbey poetry reading list, our Free Bram Stoker collection and our Free Books That Inspired David Foster Wallace list and Free Books Neil deGrasse Tyson Thinks Everybody Should Read.

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Free Books for Benjamin Franklin’s Birthday

Today is Benjamin Franklin‘s 306th birthday, a day to remember the work of the famous publisher and author. 

To celebrate, we’ve collected five free digital books written by the great man–they can be downloaded in all eBook formats. We especially recommend the autobiography with illustrations by E. Boyd Smith (sample embedded above).

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 Edgar Allan Poe books collection, our Downton Abbey poetry reading list, our Free Bram Stoker collection and our Free Books That Inspired David Foster Wallace list and Free Books Neil deGrasse Tyson Thinks Everybody Should Read.

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Free eBooks for Your New iPad, Kindle or Nook

Readers around the globe have unwrapped new tablets and eReaders this holiday season. Below, we’ve included a long, long, long list of free and legal eBooks you can download right now for any device.

Explore our Project Gutenberg lists and click “read this eBook online” to sample the book without downloading anything.

If you have an iPad, iPad Mini, iPhone or iPod Touch, you can download the ePub edition. If you have a Kindle or a Kindle Fire, you need to download the Kindle edition. If you have a Nook, Sony eReader or a Kobo, you should download the ePub edition.

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25 Free Christmas eBooks

Want to give free eBooks to your friends and family this holiday season?

For all the GalleyCat readers who celebrate Christmas, we’ve collected 25 free digital books about the holiday–they can be downloaded in all eBook formats. Our list includes old classics like A Christmas Carol (pictured) but we also discovered some lost gems like A Kidnapped Santa Claus.

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 Edgar Allan Poe books collection, our Downton Abbey poetry reading list, our Free Bram Stoker collection and our Free Books That Inspired David Foster Wallace list and Free Books Neil deGrasse Tyson Thinks Everybody Should Read.

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15 Free Books About Mayan Culture

Fed up with stories about how the world will end on December 21, 2012, NASA released the video embedded above: Why the World Didn’t End Yesterday.

The video provides some excellent insight into the Mayan calendar, an astrological masterpiece that scientists have studied for years. Instead of worrying about the end of the world, you should take this opportunity to learn more about the Mayan culture.

Below, we’ve linked to free eBooks about Mayans (available in all major formats) to help you learn more about this amazing culture.

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Free Stories by the Brothers Grimm

Google has created an interactive Google Doodle to honor the 200th anniversary of Grimm’s Fairy Tales. Click on the image embedded above for a visual exploration of the “Little Red Riding Hood” story.

To celebrate the milestone, we’ve rounded up free eBooks by the Brothers Grimm you can download download right now for your eReader, smartphone or tablet. Follow the links below to read.

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