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Calibre is a free and open source e-book library management application available. You can download from here which is available for all operating systems. Adobe Digital Editions is also one of the e-book manager by Adobe. You can access it from here. Alfa Ebooks Manager features a lot of templates and options for library vizualization. Besides, it allows ...


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Calibre It is the leading ebook management tool. However, you should be aware when you do add a title into Calibre it will embed a bookmark file in the META-INF folder and will modify your .opf file. Other than that it is avaiable for all environments: Calibre for Windows; 64-bit Calibre for Mac Linux; How to install on Ubunutu: sudo add-apt-repository ...


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Amazon does still do the price matching, and that is the only way to get your book listed as free on their site. The advantage of Smashwords is in distributing to Apple and Sony. If you go to your e-book's details page on Amazon, you will see a link that says "tell us about a lower price". You can click that link and provide them a link to the product page ...


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You can have it permanently published for free at Smashwords. Amazon used to do price matching, and this used to be the way to publish your book for free at Amazon. I am not sure if Amazon is still following this method, and no method could realistically be permanent in Amazon's ever changing business model. You will still need to check periodically. ...


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The best-known resource is Project Gutenberg, which exists for precisely this purpose.


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Amazon does not allow "permanently free" Kindle books. They want to make money. :D You may have seen what you think are permanently-free Kindle books, and though they were probably only running a free promotion via Kindle Select, who am I to say there aren't a few flukes out there? Perhaps you did — I have seen stranger things on Amazon. But regardless, ...


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The short answer is that any website offering permanent access to large numbers of copyrighted books, for very little money, from multiple publishers is unlikely to be legitimate. HumbleBundle offers its bundles for limited time. Book Barbarian, ManyBooks, BookBub, Luzme, and no doubt many others, search the web on your behalf and find books that are ...


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I suspect advertising won't get much traction -- unless it's a product related to the subject of the book (I'm assuming nonfiction here). Probably the best payoff from a freebie is getting the email from a downloader. That way you can form a relationship with the reader/customer over time. From the book perspective, you can send book announcements and ...


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Jeboorker is also a look worth. I use it to manage my local epub and pdf ebooks. It's open source, and available for Linux and Windows. You can downlaod it here.


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All the work on Wikisource is free (CC or PD) by US law. It can be downloaded as EPUB with download help available


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The web site Mobile Read maintains a library of public domain eBook files in various formats.


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Karen Woodward wrote a blog on How To Use Permanently Free Books To Increase Sales. ONe topic her blog entry focuses on is how Lindsay Buroker used the power of perma-free and how it can increase awareness of your books to increase sales. What ended up working for Lindsay was making one of her books permanently free and distributing it as widely as ...


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It has become very common for publishers to provide free copies of the first book in a series. So common that the ebook deal site BookBub has pages of links to free ebooks - some deals are ongoing and some just for a limited time.


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Yale University's Avalon Project has a great collection of free materials in the law, history, and diplomacy realm. Also, Amazon has lots of free Kindle versions of various works that are no longer under copyright protection. For example, you can find free Shakespeare materials here.


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Forewords I am assuming that the poster of the question calls "unrestricted books" the books that have no DRM, i.e., no technical devices intended tp prevent some uses, such as copy, search, or adaptation to new reading devices. All books are born legally restricted by copyright, at least today, until they enter the public domain. Very few rightsholders ...


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Google Play Books is a good cloud option. They have iphone, android, and web. If you are looking for conversion functionality and more than just a library / reading, calibre as mentioned is useful.


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It is possible, though there are certain conditions. If you publish with KDP and sign up for Kindle Unlimited, it will allow you to make the title free for a limited time (it used to be 2 days out of every 60). You can upload ebooks to Smashwords, which will you can choose to give a free price tag for. Then, SW will redistribute the same ebook to all ...


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some older versions of Calibre use a legacy Kobo driver. most distros aren't up-to-date as Calibre is developed quite extensively and often. I suggest installing Calibre from the developer's site. I owned a Kobo Aura, and the version of Calibre that Ubuntu shipped at the time failed me... I installed from the site, and problem solved. good luck. https://...


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In a nutshell One way to make visible epub files copied directly on the Kobo file system is to use the Kobo browser once afterwards to download an epub file from the web. Context I did some more experimenting on my own, and finally succeeded, though I did not explore the precise boundaries of what can work and what will not work. I am giving details, so ...


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There is a third option, but it does depend on where you are or willing to publish/release your eBook. Leanpub, Gumroad, and I believe a few others have a "pay what you want" capability. That is, you set a minimum price (as low as $0), and you (sometimes optionally) set a "suggested" price. Then, you unleash your book to the world, and people pay what they ...


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The best way to get this strategy to work is to have more books available for readers to BUY. The idea is to give away a title to generate interest in you as a writer. Then if the readers who acquire the free book decide they like it or you, they can go and look for other titles you might have available, and they end up buying those titles. This is a ...


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I agree with the main answer -- and in fact I have done it to make one of my books for free permanently. I just want to add that the Big 6 probably have separate side agreements with Amazon to allow a certain number of titles to be free. For example, lots of Harlequin novels and first volume of a sci fi series are free. I'm sure the bigger publishers didn'...


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