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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Nook Daily Find 5/29

Confessions of a Scholarship Winner: The Secrets That Helped Me Win $500,000 in Free Money for College. How You Can Too. ($2.99 Kindle, B&N), by Kristina Ellis [Worthy Publishing], is the Nook Daily Find, price matched on Kindle.
Book Description
How ANY student--including YOU!--can win scholarships and earn free money for college!

On the first day of high school, Kristina Ellis's mom--a single, working mother who lost her husband to cancer--informed her that she could not financially support her after graduation. Kristina would need to find her own way to pay for college.

As an average student with less-than-impressive test scores, Kristina realized she would have to sell herself to scholarship committees if she wanted to stand out. That's when she devised the plan that led to her receiving over $500,000 in scholarships--enough to pay for her full education at a top- 20 university, all the way through her doctoral degree, and make her dreams come true.

How she made it happen--and how you can too!--is the focus of this book. In Confessions of a Scholarship Winner, Kristina shares not just her little-known secrets for scholarship success but
her incredibly inspiring story.

Friday, July 6, 2012

Free App - Evolution (I)

Evolution: Making Sense of Life, an app from Roberts & Company Publishers, is free in the iTunes store (requires iPad/iThing with iOS 5.1). This is a tie-in to their new textbook, Evolution: Making Sense of Life ($100 paperback pre-order or you can pre-order from the publisher for $80). I've been trying to get the app to let me buy it for two days and it is finally working -- I suspect it's a pricing mistake, though, so don't wait too long on it. Haven't had a chance to play with it yet, but it looks like it should be good, especially if it follows the textbook.
App Description
Science writer Carl Zimmer and evolutionary biologist Douglas Emlen have teamed up to write a textbook intended for biology majors that will inspire students while delivering a solid foundation in evolutionary biology.

Zimmer brings the same story-telling skills he displayed in The Tangled Bank, his 2009 non-majors textbook that the Quarterly Review of Biology called “spectacularly successful.”

Emlen, an award-winning evolutionary biologist at the University of Montana, has infused Evolution: Making Sense of Life with the technical rigor and conceptual depth that today’s biology majors require.

Students will learn the fundamental concepts of evolutionary theory, such as natural selection, genetic drift, phylogeny, and coevolution.
Get the free app from iTunes.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Free Book - Even You Can Learn Statistics (K/N)

Even You Can Learn Statistics: A Guide for Everyone Who Has Ever Been Afraid of Statistics (Main/UK), by David M. Levine and David F. Stephan, is a repeat freebie in the Kindle store and from Barnes & Noble.
Book Description
The easy, practical, up-to-date introduction to statistics–for everyone! Thought you couldn’t learn statistics? You can–and you will! One easy step at a time, this fully updated book teaches you all the statistical techniques you’ll need for finance, quality, marketing, the social sciences, or anything else! Simple jargon-free explanations help you understand every technique. Practical examples and worked-out problems give you hands-on practice. Special sections present detailed instructions for developing statistical answers, using spreadsheet programs or any TI-83/TI-84 compatible calculator. This edition delivers new examples, more detailed problems and sample solutions, plus an all-new chapter on powerful multiple regression techniques. Hate math? No sweat. You’ll be amazed at how little you need. Like math? Optional “Equation Blackboard” sections reveal the mathematical foundations of statistics right before your eyes!
Get the free ebook from Barnes & Noble.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

3 Free Books from Charles River Editors (K)

The Charles River Editors have added to their batch of free books in the Kindle store
  1. How to Get Great Skin: From the Inside and Out, by Dr. E
  2. Current Events: Israel and Her Enemies (Illustrated)
  3. American Legends: The Life of George Washington (Illustrated)

Monday, March 12, 2012

Free TextBooks from CK-12 Foundation (K)

The CK-12 Foundation have added to their list of free textbooks. I've included links below for the new titles on Kindle (6 new, 14 total), but I understand you can get these from iTunes, also, if you prefer that venue, as well as get them from the Foundation's website (some are online only or PDF, those that are more finalized are in EPUB or MOBI). These are quite large files (up to 100MB, >1,000 pages, for some), so you may want to transfer via USB at Amazon (or read them on your PC) and not try to get every volume at once on their website (or they'll be hammered for days on their bandwidth). With iTunes, I'd consider buying via the desktop app and transferring via USB, just to keep from timing out on a WiFi connection to your tablet or phone (or driving your cellular bill sky high if using it for the data transfer). I did check one book from Amazon - there was no DRM and I don't expect it on any of the others.
  1. CK-12 People's Physics Book, Version 3
  2. CK-12 Biology
  3. CK-12 Trigonometry - Second Edition
  4. CK-12 Earth Science For High School
  5. CK-12 Earth Science For Middle School
  6. CK-12 Probability and Statistics - Basic (A Full Course)

36 Free Books from Charles River Editors (K)

The Charles River Editors have another batch of free books in the Kindle store
  1. The Christmas Stories of Charles Dickens: A Christmas Carol and 13 Other Classic Stories (Illustrated)
  2. Current Events: Arab Spring (Illustrated) *repeat
  3. Consulting Interview Case Preparation: Frameworks and Practice Cases
  4. The Law, by Frederic Bastiat
  5. 25 Classic Christmas Poems (Illustrated), by Walt Whitman, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Robert Frost and Sir Walter Scott
  6. Christmas Short Stories (Illustrated), by Stephen Leacock
  7. A Kidnapped Santa Claus (Illustrated), by L. Frank Baum
  8. A Christmas Story: The Story of Three Wise Men (Illustrated), by William J. Locke
  9. Christmas Every Day (Illustrated), by William Dean Howells
  10. Timeless Classics: The Overcoat (Illustrated), by Nikolai Gogol
  11. Balancing the Chakras: The Body's Energetic Channels, by Michael Solis *repeat
  12. Timeless Classics: Rip Van Winkle, by Washington Irving
  13. How to Craft the Perfect Admissions Essay for an Ivy League School, by Michael Solis *repeat
  14. Timeless Classics: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, by Washington Irving
  15. Battles and Leaders of the Civil War: The Battle of Shiloh (Illustrated), by Ulysses S. Grant
  16. Timeless Classics: The Wealth of Nations, by Adam Smith
  17. How to Get Into an Ivy League School, by Michael Solis *repeat
  18. Master the Tricks of the S.A.T., by Michael Solis *repeat
  19. Timeless Classics: Antigone (Illustrated), by Sophocles
  20. Timeless Classics: Oedipus the King (Illustrated), by Sophocles
  21. Battles and Leaders of the Civil War: The Confederate Cavalry in the Gettysburg Campaign (Illustrated), by John S. Mosby
  22. Timeless Classics: On the Duty of Civil Disobedience (Illustrated), by Henry David Thoreau
  23. Timeless Classics: The Best Russian Short Stories (Illustrated), by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Nikolai Gogol, Leo Tolstoy and Anton Chekhov
  24. Timeless Classics: The Theban Plays (Illustrated), by Sophocles
  25. Timeless Classics: The Nose, by Nikolai Gogol
  26. Battles and Leaders of the Civil War: The Cavalry Battle near Gettysburg (Illustrated), by William E. Miller
  27. Battles and Leaders of the Civil War: The Chancellorsville Campaign (Illustrated), by Darius N. Couch
  28. Battles and Leaders of the Civil War: The Invasion of Maryland (Illustrated), by James Longstreet
  29. Battles and Leaders of the Civil War: The Struggle for Round Top (Illustrated), by Evander M. Law
  30. Timeless Classics: Dead Souls, by Nikolai Gogol
  31. Timeless Classics: Oedipus at Colonus (Illustrated), by Sophocles
  32. Timeless Classics: Philoctetes (Illustrated), by Sophocles
  33. Timeless Classics: The Iliad (Illustrated), by Homer
  34. Timeless Classics: The Iliad and The Odyssey (Illustrated), by Homer
  35. Timeless Classics: The Odyssey (Illustrated), by Homer
  36. Timeless Classics: The Trachiniae (Illustrated), by Sophocles

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Free Book - Quest to Learn (K)

Quest to Learn: Developing the School for Digital Kids, by Katie Salen, Rebecca Rufo-Tepper, Arana Shapiro and Robert Torres, is free in the Kindle store. This is another in the series of free education related texts from MIT Press.
Book Description
The design for Quest to Learn, an innovative school in New York City that offers a "game-like" approach to learning.

Quest to Learn, an innovative school for grades 6 to 12 in New York City, grew out of the idea that gaming and game design offer a promising new paradigm for curriculum and learning. The designers of Quest to Learn developed an approach to learning that draws from what games do best: drop kids into inquiry-based, complex problem spaces that are built to help players understand how they are doing, what they need to work on, and where to go next. Content is not treated as dry information but as a living resource; students are encouraged to interact with the larger world in ways that feel relevant, exciting, and empowering. Quest to Learn opened in the fall of 2009 with 76 sixth graders. In their first semester, these students learned -- among other things -- to convert fractions into decimals in order to break a piece of code found in a library book; to use atlases and read maps to create a location guide for a reality television series; and to create video tutorials for a hapless group of fictional inventors. This research and development document outlines the learning framework for the school, making the original design available to others in the field. Elements in development include a detailed curriculum map, a budget, and samples of student and teacher handbooks.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Free Book - Stupid History (E)

Stupid History: Tales of Stupidity, Strangeness, and Mythconceptions Through the Ages ($7.99 Kindle), by Leland Gregory, is free over at Copia. This was free on Kindle back in Nov '10, but under a different ASIN (feel free to report the lower price on the new edition; maybe it will go free too) and then for NOOK in June of last year. Might as well collect a full set, though, so I've downloaded this one.

While you are at Copia, you might also want to check out their $0.99 Humor Books Sale, which features titles such as I Love You More Than Beer, Women Are from Venus Men Are Idiots and Idiots in Charge (amongst a few others).
Book Description
If it would shock you to learn that Benjamin Franklin didn't discover electricity, you'll appreciate this take on hundreds of historical legends and debacles. Historians and humorists alike may be surprised to learn that:

Samuel Prescott made the famous horseback ride into Concord, not Paul Revere. As a member of Parliament, Isaac Newton spoke only once. He asked for an open window. On April 24, 1898, Spain declared war on the U.S., thus starting the Spanish-American War. The U.S. declared war the very next day, but not wanting to be outdone, had the date on the declaration changed from April 25 to April 21.With these and many other stories, leading humorist Leland Gregory once again highlights both the strange and the funny side of humankind.
Get the free ebook from Copia.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

7 Free Books from Kaplan and New Word City (K)

New Word City has another batch of free books in the Kindle store, which are likely to only remain free for a day or so, and Kaplan Test Prep has added a couple of intro books for those planning for college entrance exams.
  1. Intro to ACT, by Kaplan Test Prep
  2. Intro to SAT, by Kaplan Test Prep
  3. Marlon Brando, A Life In Film, by Richard Schickel
  4. George Washington, Spymaster Extraordinaire, by Thomas Fleming
  5. George Washington's First Love, by Thomas Fleming
  6. Ernest Shackleton, Exploring Leadership, by Nancy F. Koehn
  7. Clint Eastwood, A Life

Friday, February 3, 2012

Nine Free Books from New Word City (K)

There is a new batch of free books from New Word City in the Kindle store.
  1. What the Ivy League Won't Teach You, by William Deresiewicz
  2. No More Bad Decisions, by Sydney Finkelstein
  3. Discovering the World's Oldest City, by Edgar James Banks
  4. Lorenzo De Medici Rules in Florence, by Oliphant Smeaton
  5. Humphrey Bogart: A Life In Film, by Richard Schickel
  6. Laurence Olivier, A Life In Film, by Richard Schickel
  7. Nelson Mandela, A Life
  8. Michelle Obama: A Life
  9. Margaret Thatcher: A Life (repeat)

Free Book - First Year Teacher (K)

First Year Teacher: Wit and Wisdom from Teachers Who've Been There, by Randy Howe, is free in the Kindle store.
Book Description
First Year Teacher is an invaluable resource for newbie teachers. It offers hundreds of tips, warnings, and anecdotes from experienced educators--all in one warm and charming package.

Benefit from their wisdom:
"Principals love a heads-up on both good and bad news. It only makes you look good if you keep the principal in the loop. Don't hide in your classroom!" —Fifth grade teacher

Learn from their mistakes:
"Don't put off returning phone calls of a pushy parent. The longer you wait, the longer they have to think of new questions!" —U.S. History and Government teacher

And remember that humor conquers all:
"When you're having a hard day, remember why you became a teacher in the first place. My neighbors wouldn't listen to me talk about environmental science, so I had to find a captive audience!" —Environmental Science teacher

Free Book - From Here to Freshman Year (K)

From Here to Freshman Year: College Admissions Strategies for All Four Years of High School, by Kaplan, is a repeat freebie in the Kindle store.
Book Description
The essential pocket guide to making the most of high school, updated for today’s ninth through 12th-graders

Is it too early to start applying for college scholarships in ninth grade? Do I need to take AP classes? How important are extra curricular activities when I apply to college? These questions and many more are answered in this revised edition of Kaplan’s popular From Here to Freshman Year.

This easy-to-use guide provides up-to-date information for ninth, 10th-, 11th-, and 12th-graders to prepare them for college. Filled with tons of tips and time lines for all four years of high school, it also provides information for parents and students on time management, stress reduction, and problem solving.

Conveniently portable, From Here to Freshman Year takes parents and students through high school with the ease of knowing that they took the right steps to prepare for college each year.

Must-know topics include: the application process; campus visits; working with your guidance counselor; taking important tests like the PSAT, SAT, ACT, and AP exams; letters of recommendation; purchasing the right computer, and more.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Free Book - Don't Know Much About Mythology (K/N/I/E)

Update: 1/10/12 Now free from Barnes & Noble, iTunes and Sony.

Don't Know Much About Mythology, by Kenneth C. Davis, is free in the Kindle store.
Book Description
The latest installment in the New York Times bestselling Don't Know Much About® series -- a magical journey into the timeless world of mythologyIt has been fifteen years since Kenneth C. Davis first dazzled audiences with his instant classic Don't Know Much About® History, vividly bringing the past to life and proving that Americans don't hate history, they just hate the dull, textbook version they were fed in school.

With humor, wit, and a knack for storytelling, Davis has been bringing readers of all ages up to speed on history, geography, and science ever since. Now, in the classic traditions of Edith Hamilton and Joseph Campbell, he turns his talents to the world of myth.Where do we come from? Why do stars shine and the seasons change? What is evil? Since the beginning of time, people have answered such questions by crafting imaginative stories that have served as religion, science, philosophy, and popular literature. In his irreverent and popular question-and-answer style, Davis introduces and explains the great myths of the world, as well as the works of literature that have made them famous. In a single volume, he tackles Mesopotamia's Gilgamesh, the first hero in world mythology; Achilles and the Trojan War; Stonehenge and the Druids; Thor, the Nordic god of thunder; Chinese oracle bones; the use of peyote in ancient Native American rites; and the dramatic life and times of the man who would be Buddha.

Ever familiar and instructive, Davis shows why the ancient tales of gods and heroes -- from Mount Olympus to Machu Picchu, from ancient Rome to the icy land of the Norse -- continue to speak to us today, in our movies, art, language, and music. For mythology novices and buffs alike, and for anyone who loves a good story, Don't Know Much About® Mythology is a lively and insightful look into the greatest stories ever told.
Get the free ebook from Barnes & Noble.
Get the free ebook from iTunes.
Get the free ebook from Sony.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Free Book - I Used to Know That (K/N)

I Used to Know That: Stuff You Forgot From School, by Caroline Taggart, is free in the Kindle store and from Barnes & Noble.
Book Description
  • Figures of Speech (and other devices for spicing up your writing): Expressions used in a nonliteral way, such as when you say, "My lips are sealed," but you haven’t put glue over them. Includes hyperbole, which is exaggeration for effect, as in "I’ve told you a hundred times."
  • Notable British Authors: From William Blake and William Golding to George Orwell and Virginia Woolf, relearn which authors wrote the most notable poems and tomes. You’ll also find fun facts about each author, including that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle started writing fiction when his medical practice slowed and Jonathan Swift wrote his own obituary.
  • International Authors: Homer’s not just the name of a character on The Simpsons. This 9th century Greek writer penned the great epics the Iliad and the Odyssey.
  • Arithmetic: With division you divide a divisor into a dividend and the answer is a quotient. If there is anything left over, it is called a remainder. So 15 divided by 2 gives a quotient of 7 with a remainder of 1.
  • Biology: The term biology comes from the Greek, meaning study of life; therefore, this field of learning concerns plants and animals and how the human body works. Give your central nervous system something to ponder, such as how a plant is structured or which elements make up the periodic table.
  • Explorers: A quick rundown of people who discovered some of the regions of the world, like Amerigo Vespucci (1454-1512, Italian), who discovered the mouth of the Amazon and the River Plate, which made him important enough to have a continent or two named after him.
  • Geography: Read this section, and you won’t be able to deny that the Nile is a river in Egypt, or that Russia has five of the longest rivers in the world.
Sure to touch a chord with anyone old enough to have forgotten half of what they learned at school, here is a perfect gift for every perennial student. Make this and all of the Blackboard Books a permanent fixture on your eReader, and you’ll have instant access to searchable knowledge. Whether you need homework help or want to win that trivia game, this series is the trusted source for fun facts.
Get the free ebook from Barnes & Noble.

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Four Free Vook Books (Kindle)

The Charles River Editors at Vook have four free books for us today, starting with this illustrated edition of Current Events: Arab Spring.
Book Description
A barrel of gunpowder is relatively safe until a match is put to it, and then there’s a big bang and an awful mess. Set the barrel in an arsenal with other explosives and flammable materials, and there’s no telling how bad that mess will be. In 1914 an Archduke was shot, not a very special murder in and of itself, but it set off World War I, and that spread across a continent ready and waiting for it to be started.

Nearly 200 years later, in 2010, in keeping with the lowered tone of society, it was a barrow boy driven by despair to suicide who triggered the spreading revolution of angry Arabs against their autocratic governments. In a span of a few months, autocratic regimes that had held power for decades fell in countries like Egypt and Libya, while others in Yemen and Syria have been left barely clinging to life. Some have been mostly peaceful; others have been brutally opposed by governments. All face an uncertain future.

Current Events: The Arab Spring can’t provide the answers to all of the burning questions, but in a region whose politics and demonstrations have been turbulent and rapid, this quick primer will bring readers up to date on all of the events taking place in countries affected by the Arab Spring. With chapters on each nation in turmoil, this easy to read guide provides answers to some questions while also posing questions currently without answers.

How to Get Into an Ivy League School, by Michael Solis
Book Description
Applying to an Ivy League College? Curious to learn more about what it takes to gain admissions to America's most elite institutions? Then look no further.

Written by an Ivy League grad, How to Get Into an Ivy League School presents a comprehensive overview of what aspiring Ivy League students can and should do to strengthen their applications and improve their chances of securing admission to the school of their choice. Along with pictures of the various Ivy League campuses, this book includes several chapters breaking down the admissions process, discussing extracurriculars, Letters of Recommendation, Essays, Top 10 Tips, and more.

How to Craft the Perfect Admissions Essay for an Ivy League School, by Michael Solis
Book Description
Applying to an Ivy League College? Curious to learn more about what it takes to gain admissions to America's most elite institutions? Then look no further.

Written by an Ivy League grad, How to Craft the Perfect Admissions Essay for an Ivy League School presents a comprehensive overview of the one chance students are given to separate themselves from the pack: the essay. How to Craft the Perfect Admissions Essay for an Ivy League School provides the reader with the tools necessary for selecting well-chosen and interesting topics, drafting the essay from introduction to conclusion, sprucing up one’s writing, avoiding common college essay pitfalls, and revising effectively with the goal of creating essays that will leave admissions officers both satisfied and impressed.

Master the Tricks of the S.A.T., by Michael Solis
Book Description
No high school student wants to do it, but just about all of them will find themselves staring directly into the beast. If there are three letters high school juniors hate most, they are S, A, and T. While this three-letter word is loathed by many and dreaded by most, it is a necessary component for anyone who wishes to attend an undergraduate college in the United States.

The SAT's subject material is taught in every high school, but that hardly makes it easy, and most students will look for study guides outside of simply remembering their 10th grade algebra homework. This eBook, prepared by Ivy League graduates, presents a basic overview of what tricks SAT test-takers can learn to boost their scores in each of the testing sections. It dedicates one chapter to each of the testing sections: critical reading, writing, and mathematics, while giving sample problems that are based on SAT problems that have been seen on actual tests. The goal of this eBook is to help SAT test-takers learn the traps used to trick students, as well as ways to better prepare for each of the sections.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Free Book (Kindle/nook) - Even You Can Learn Statistics

Even You Can Learn Statistics: A Guide for Everyone Who Has Ever Been Afraid of Statistics, by David M. Levine and David F. Stephan, is a repeat freebie in the Kindle store and from Barnes & Noble.
Book Description
The easy, practical, up-to-date introduction to statistics–for everyone! Thought you couldn’t learn statistics? You can–and you will! One easy step at a time, this fully updated book teaches you all the statistical techniques you’ll need for finance, quality, marketing, the social sciences, or anything else! Simple jargon-free explanations help you understand every technique. Practical examples and worked-out problems give you hands-on practice. Special sections present detailed instructions for developing statistical answers, using spreadsheet programs or any TI-83/TI-84 compatible calculator. This edition delivers new examples, more detailed problems and sample solutions, plus an all-new chapter on powerful multiple regression techniques. Hate math? No sweat. You’ll be amazed at how little you need. Like math? Optional “Equation Blackboard” sections reveal the mathematical foundations of statistics right before your eyes!
Get the free ebook from Barnes & Noble.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Free Book (Kindle/nook/EPUB) - Change.edu

Update: 12/7/11 Now free from Sony.
Update: Now free from Barnes & Noble.

Change.edu: Rebooting for the New Talent Economy, by Andrew S. Rosen, is free in the Kindle store. There have been a few chapters free before, but this appears to be the entire text -- if you are interested in education (fwhether for your kids or yourself or from the point of view of an educator or employer) and how it should be viewed in terms of preparing for being able to fit into the workplace later on (rather than graduating with >$100K in debt, but only being able to find a spot pulling espresso after graduation), you'll probably want to take a look.
Book Description
“The next twenty-five years offer an opportunity to transform the way students have learned for centuries. We will be able to deliver education to students where they are, based on their specific needs, desires, and backgrounds.”—Andrew S. Rosen

Imagine a university where programs are tailored to the needs of each student, the best professors are available to everyone, curriculum is relevant to the workplace – and the value of the education is demonstrable. In Change.edu, Andrew S. Rosen shows how that future is possible but in danger of being stifled by a system of incentives that emphasize prestige and tradition, rather than access and outcomes.

The U.S. higher education system has historically been considered one of the best in the world. This thought-provoking story presents the imperative for transforming that system for the 21st century and beyond. Rosen takes on the sacred cows of traditional higher education models, and calls on the country to demand the changes we need to build a qualified workforce and compete in a global economy. Change.edu is sure to open minds — and open doors to a wealth of opportunities.
Get the free ebook from Barnes & Noble.
Get the free ebook from Sony.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Free Book (Kindle/nook) - PCAT Prep for the New CBT

PCAT Prep for the New CBT, by Kaplan, is free in the Kindle store and from Barnes & Noble.
Book Description
PCAT Prep for the New CBT is a free eBook that provides information on the computer-based Pharmacy College Admission Test coming into effect July 2011. In addition to Kaplan’s proven study strategies, there are a total of 50 practice questions with detailed explanations for all sections of the exam: Verbal Ability, Biology, Chemistry, Quantitative Ability, Writing, and Reading Comprehension.

This test-change primer links to Kaplan’s PCAT 2011 Test Change Info Center that will also help address your concerns around PCAT and the new CBT.
Get the free ebook from Barnes & Noble.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

NOOKstudy's How to Land an Internship

NOOKstudy's How to Land an Internship: 25 Tips, by SparkNotes, is free from Barnes & Noble. Might come in handy for the student or new grad at your house (and an internship can lead to a paid position or resume experience that lands one later).

While you are there, you can still pick up NOOKstudy's Lining Up a Semester Abroad: 25 Tips for free, also. Both titles are from Sterling Publishing, which is owned by B&N, so only available on the nook.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Free Book Roundup

This post is a little different from my usual free book postings. There are a number of books that have been free in the past, went back up in price and have dropped once again, some of them that have been free very recently, others quite some time ago. In addition, there are a number of mini-books that I've been ignoring, which I'm going to group together by type. I know a lot of people avoid the mini-books or the subject matter doesn't interest everyone, so I won't include full descriptions on each of these. If you are new to the blog, you might find one or two good ones to pick up, especially at the top of the post.

An Unwanted Hunger, the first novel in the Soul of V’Kar series by Ciana Stone, is a repeat from last year, courtesy of Ellora's Cave.
Book Description
Passion this strong is dangerous. They both know it. Mortal enemies, their respective factions have been at war since the dawn of man. Resa is a Dhampir, bred and trained to hunt Vampyres. Constantine is a prince among the Vampyre, the oldest and most lethal.Nothing good can come of this hunger, this need that drives them relentlessly toward one another. Neither reason nor devotion to duty can stay their need. There is but one way to quench the thirst that drives them. Once sated, they can return to the battle and see which one, if either, is left standing.But one drink from the cup of desire serves only to magnify the hunger. One act of lust that could alter them forever, changing the course of destiny.

The Golden Acorn (The Adventures of Jack Brenin), by Catherine Cooper, was free for some time and many of us picked up the second in the series for 99 cents. If you are in that group, you may want to get Silver Hill, which was released this week
Book Description
When Jack Brenin finds a golden acorn lying in the grass, little does he know that it is the beginning of a thrilling and magical adventure. Just an ordinary boy, Jack has been chosen for a hugely important task, and enters a world he believed only existed in legend. Full of twists and turns, talking ravens and mischievous Spriggans, 'The Golden Acorn' is a hugely entertaining and exciting tale from a very talented new author. Your kids will love it, and so will you! This brilliant story deservedly won the Brit Writers' Awards 2010 for unpublished writers. Jack’s adventures continue in 'Glasruhen Gate' and 'Silver Hill'.

Sasha: A Trial of Blood and Steel Book One, by Joel Shepherd, was first free in the summer and only had a brief absence from the lists.
Book Description
SASHA IS A FIGHTER, THE LIKE OF WHICH THE HIGHLAND COUNTRY OF LENAYIN HAS NEVER SEEN.Spurning her royal heritage to be raised by the great warrior, Kessligh, her exquisite swordplay astonishes all who witness it. But Sasha is still young, untested in battle and often led by her rash temper. In the complex world of Lenayin loyalties, her defiant wilfulness is attracting the wrong kind of attention. sxLenayin is a land almost divided by its two faiths: the Verenthane of the ruling classes and the pagan Goeren-yai, amongst whom Sasha now lives. The Goeren-yai worship swordplay and honour and begin to see Sasha as the great spirit—the Synnich—who will unite them. But Sasha is still searching for what she believes and must choose her side carefully. When the Udalyn people—the symbol of Goeren-yai pride and courage—are attacked, Sasha will face her moment of testing. How will she act? Is she ready to lead? Can she be the saviour they need her to be?

If at First . . . (Short Story), by Peter F. Hamilton, was also first free the summer.
Book Description
Peter F. Hamilton has proven himself a modern master of epic space opera, carrying the tradition of far-future empire building begun by Heinlein and Asimov into the new millennium. But Hamilton is also a master of the short story, and when he tackles one of science fiction’s most enduring themes—time travel—the result is as provocative as it is entertaining. It starts in 2007 with a break-in. The victim: Marcus Orthew, the financial and technological genius behind Orthanics, the computer company whose radical products have delivered a one-two punch to the industry, all but knocking PCs and Macs out of the ring. The perpetrator: a man obsessed with Orthew. Just another simple case of celebrity stalking—or so everyone assumes at first, including Metropolitan Police Chief Detective David Lanson. But when Lanson interviews the suspect, he makes a startling claim: Orthew is from the future. Or, rather, a future—a parallel timeline. Thus begins the ride of a lifetime for Lanson, as his pursuit of the facts tumbles him headlong down a rabbit hole—and the hunter finds himself hunted.

The Last Drop, by L. Sprague de Camp and L. Ron Hubbard, was first free in the summer of 2010.
Book Description
A humorous tale about a New York bartender who receives mysteriously special potions from Borneo which can make people grow or shrink depending on which one they drink. When our hero uses the potion to deal with some unfriendly mobsters, the results are comic and riotously unpredictable—including an unexpected run-in with a dogfish.

Fatal Destiny, a Fatal novella by Marie Force, was free last month.
Book Description
With the week of their wedding finally upon them, Washington, D.C., Police Lieutenant Sam Holland and her fiancé, Senator Nick Cappuano, are at odds. In the aftermath of a tragic loss, they struggle to reconnect as the big day draws near, but their work keeps pulling them apart. When a new clue into a cold case surfaces, Nick asks Sam not to take any foolish chances before the wedding and to leave it alone for the time being.

Sam agrees, but she can't let it go entirely and winds up trapped in an explosive situation. Then an unwelcome visitor from her past threatens her future happiness… With trouble at every turn, will Sam survive long enough to walk down the aisle?

Hidden by Blood (A Sweetblood Novella), by Laurie London, repeats from the summer.
Book Description
Deep within the forests of the Pacific Northwest, two vampire coalitions battle for supremacy--Guardians who safeguard humanity and Darkbloods, rogues who will stop at nothing to satisfy their craving for the sweetest of human blood.

Now, former Army Ranger Finn McKentry finds himself imprisoned as a blood slave, forced to submit to an enemy more powerful than any he's encountered before. Only Brenna Stewart, the woman he'd loved and lost, can set him free--but the secret she harbors might lead them down the most dangerous path of all...

Code Blue, by Richard Mabry, repeats from last year, courtesy of Christian publisher Abingdon Press.
Book Description
In the first book of the Prescription for Trouble series, “Code Blue” means more to Dr. Cathy Sewell than the cardiac emergency she has to face. It describes her mental state as she finds that coming back to her hometown hasn’t brought her the peace she so desperately needs. Instead, it’s clear that someone there wants her gone…or dead.Cathy returns to her hometown seeking healing after a broken relationship, but discovers that among her friends and acquaintances is someone who wants her out of town…or dead. Lawyer Will Kennedy, her high school sweetheart, offers help, but does it carry a price tag? Is hospital chief of staff Dr. Marcus Bell really on her side in her fight to get hospital privileges? Is Will’s father, Pastor Matthew Kennedy, interested in advising her or just trying to get her back to the church she left years ago? When one of Cathy’s prescriptions almost kills the town banker, it sets the stage for a malpractice suit that could end her time in town, if not her career. It’s soon clear that this return home was a prescription for trouble.

The Dead Saint (Bishop Lynn Peterson), by Marilyn Brown Oden, repeats from this spring, courtesy of Christian publisher Abingdon Press.
Book Description
It begins with a single gunshot, and Bishop Lynn Peterson watches in horror as a good friend, who is a member of the New Orleans Saints, collapses on the street.When a medal the player wore—a medal Lynn had promised to return to the man's family—disappears, Lynn is thrust into a suspenseful and fast-moving journey through four assassinations, an attempt on her life, conflicts with a mysterious and ancient society, and a behind-the-scenes conspiracy that reaches all the way to the White House.The turbulent, unstoppable intrigue challenges Lynn mentally, physically, and spiritually as she engages in a desperate battle with an opponent who is just as determined to kill as Lynn is to stop him even though she has no idea where—or who—he will strike next.

Shrouded in Silence, by Robert L. Wise, also repeats from this spring, courtesy of Christian publisher Abingdon Press.
Book Description
Determined to find an answer, Jack and Michelle Townsend set out on a quest to find the original ending to the Gospel of Mark.Following ancient clues, they head for Rome, but what starts out as a scholarly search turns violent as two separate groups strive to stop the Townsends, plunging their quiet research into chaos.After a bomb destroys their office, the Townsends are pushed to the limits of their determination and commitment to God’s will. Can faith in God’s purposes endure in a swirl of conspiracy and espionage that brings the couple to the brink of death?

Sweet Baklava, by Debby Mayne, repeats from late winter, courtesy of Christian publisher Abingdon Press.
Book Description
After years of looking for a place to belong, Paula Andrews finally finds her niche in Tarpon Springs, Florida. Her soap and candle shop flourishes, and her friendship with the Papadopoulos family gives her the love and support she never got from her own family.The only thing missing is a romance—or in the grand hopes of the Papadopoulos family, a proper marriage. Preferably with Nick, their favorite son, currently serving in the Air Force. Paula, however, has doubts. After all, he’s been gone a long time and loves flying. Their lives have grown apart. Would he still feel anything for her?When Nick comes home on leave, sparks fly, and not just with Paula. Nick's father wants him home, helping with the family sponge-diving business. His mother wants him back in the family, back in church. Nick just wants Paula . . . and the Air Force.So who’s going to give in first? And what will it mean for their love and future?

Finding the Top Stocks: Strategies for Success Top Stocks 2012, by Martin Roth, is a mini-book companion to Top Stocks 2012: A Sharebuyer's Guide to Leading Australian Companies.
Book Description
For the first time, Top Stocks 2012, the 18th edition of the bestselling Australian share market bible, comes with a free e-book companion, Finding the Top Stocks—Strategies for Success. A short guide, also written by respected financial journalist Martin Roth, Finding the Top Stocks—Strategies for Success examines eight strategies and market theories and indicates how you can use Top Stocks 2012 to take advantage of these strategies.

The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook Presents - 10 Summertime Treats, by Dinah Bucholz, is a repeat from summer.
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It's summertime and the weather is just right to sit back and relax with a nice, cool . . . pumpkin juice! With July comes backyard barbecues, long afternoons by the pool, and Harry's birthday of course! Celebrate this magical time with The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook Presents: 10 Summertime Treats. This free eBook includes 10 decadent treats guaranteed to provide sweet relief from the sultry summertime heat. From icy juices to cool, melt-in-your-mouth sundaes, this summer you can conjure a dessert fit for Hogwarts Hall!

Superheroes: The Best of Philosophy and Pop Culture, by William Irwin, repeats from the summer.
Book Description
Explore the philosophical depths of Batman, Superman, Captain America, and your other favorite superheroes—FOR FREE!

Behind the cool costumes, special powers, and unflagging determination to fight evil you’ll find fascinating philosophical questions and concerns deep in the hearts and minds of your favorite comic book heroes.

Why doesn't Batman just kill the Joker and end everyone's misery? Does Peter Parker have a good life? What can Iron Man teach us about the role of technology in society? Bringing together key chapters from books in the Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture series, this free superhero sampler engages the intellectual might of big thinkers like Aristotle and Kant to answer these questions and many others, giving you new insights on everything from whether Superman is truly an American icon to whether Wolverine is the same person when he loses his memory.

Secrets Uncovered - Blogs, hints and the inside scoop, by Mills & Boon editors and authors, is mostly samples, but also includes some original material. This is a UK Romance version of what Macmillan is doing with their (free) Tor/Forge Author Voices series, which is now up to three volumes.
Book Description
Blogs, hints and the inside scoop from Mills & Boon editors and authors. Our fabulous authors and editors have joined forces to compile some of the highlights from this years New Voices competition advice, last years help and some handy Mills & Boon Community posts from the last year! You can refer to the words of wisdom from those in the know at your leisure whilst also enjoying some of our editors brilliant blog posts on making the most of your romance writing!

On the education front, there are two titles from Andrew S Rosen that are sections of a larger title, Change.edu: Rebooting for the New Talent Economy: Club College: Why So Many Universities Look Like Resorts and Harvard Envy: Why Too Many Colleges Overshoot. You might want to take a look if you (or a child) is starting college sometime soon. To help get ready for admissions to graduate school, also look at Kaplan New GRE: An Introduction to the GRE Revised General Test, which highlights the changes this test has recently undergone.

From publisher O'Reilly, there are a number of free titles, with three general themes: computer science topics, new computer languages and computer book bibliographies. Don't dismiss this latter as just catalogs of their books - putting together such lists is something many serious scholars do, before getting to writing their own titles and with so many books out in some areas, having a bibliography can help new students when studying a new language. Some of these are new to the blog, as I've been letting them accumulate for a post; others are repeats, which I'm including for completeness. Also, if you prefer EPUB format, you should be able to find all of them free on O'Reilly's website.