Monday, December 26, 2016

Discover Ebook Reading with Your New Android Tablet

For those who received a new Android tablet as a gift, you're now in possession of a perfectly good ebook reader. Like me, you'll use your tablet to do other things like research the web, waste life energy on social media, and watch movies, but I also enjoy reading ebooks on my tablet.

Every Android device comes with access to the Google Play store. This store sells apps, music, television shows, movies, and ebooks to a global audience. You can also easily add apps for other online media retailers and services like Kindle, Kobo, and Netflix to your tablet.

Today I'm going to focus on reading ebooks from Google Play and independent sources on your tablet with an emphasis on finding free ebooks.

  • You'll open the Google Play store by tapping its icon on your tablet. It might already be on your home screen. If not, you'll find it in the Apps area.
  • Unsurprisingly, the ebooks section of the store won't be particularly obvious when you enter the online store. Touch the little horizontal bars near the top of the page to open the store menu. Then you'll see Books as a choice.
  • Once you're in the Books section, you'll be able to search and sort for whatever you desire to read. Lots of free ebooks are available on the Google Play platform, but the retailer does not make them particularly obvious or easy to find.
  • To dig into the free offerings, you'll want to do a store search with "free" as a keyword. For example, free historical fiction or free Arthurian books. This will produce substantial results for you to consider.
  • You will also be able to sort ebooks by Deals. Discounts on all sorts of titles are typically available at this retailer. Browsing by deals, you'll start to find titles for $0.99 or even smaller amounts like $0.79 and $0.19.

As you become familiar with your tablet, you could also download ebooks from independent sources outside the retail giants. 

  • You might find free ebooks given away by expert authors hoping to provide how-to, self-help, or fitness advice. An abundant supply of free fiction can be accessed by doing searches for favorite authors or simply "indie authors" who frequently give away ebooks. There really is no limit to the amount of free nonfiction or fiction ebooks online.
  • When you download ebooks from independent sources, you'll likely choose a file in PDF or Epub format.
  • Your tablet will open any PDF files that you store on the device. When you tap on a PDF file, you'll be presented with options for opening it. Unless you have other appropriate types of PDF viewers installed, you'll choose between Drive PDF viewer or an Office application. Either work fine.
  • To read Epub files on your tablet, you'll need to install an Epub reader application. There are many to choose from. The easiest way to load one on your tablet, is to go to the Play store and search Apps for "free epub reader." You could also do an internet search and download Epub viewers from other sources that you might find. There will be paid versions of these applications as well if you want more features.
  • Once you have an Epub reader on your tablet, you can select Epub files whenever you want to download an ebook. These files are typically smaller in size than PDF files, and they reflow content for digital viewing.

This is the process that you would use if you chose to download a free ebook directly from my website. 

Sunday, December 18, 2016

How to find Free Ebooks at Nook

The Nook ebook store presents readers with a steady supply of free reads. The merchandising system does not make it easy to find them, but if you do a search with the word free, such as "free romance," the results will come back with a bunch of free titles.

Try this search with any type of genre or topic after the "free" like "free fantasy" or "free shifter fiction."

You can then sort search results by the menu options for "newest to oldest," "bestsellers," and so forth.

As you browse the results for free ebooks, you're likely to find titles by many indie authors. Indie authors frequently offer free reads to people to attract new readers. People don't have to pay anything to try these new authors.

Because I'm a series writer, I giveaway the first books in my series and then earn money when people pay for sequels. 

See my fiction at Nook. 

Although headlines have been consistently bad for the Barnes & Noble bookstore company, I continue to connect with readers who shop at the Nook store. 

Despite loss of market share and an inability to commit to foreign reading markets, the Nook store remains a viable source of fiction by indie authors in the United States. Authors like me have the freedom to offer free samples. My ebook giveaways aren't restricted to a small number of days like authors that only publish on Kindle. Readers can access my free ebooks at Nook any day of the year.

Many of my ebooks are free on Kindle as well, but this is only enabled by Amazon's willingness to price match my free ebooks at other retail sources. And Amazon does not always price match. If I'm participating in a marketing event that drives readers to my Kindle freebies and a free title gets a bunch of downloads, Amazon always snatches away price matching and makes what should be a free ebook cost $0.99. I assume this is triggered by a system that does not want me to give away ebooks even though it WILL LEAD TO SALES.

My ebook giveaways are classic loss leaders. I satisfy curiosity for free and then gain a few sales from that portion of readers who enjoyed the free read.

I hope that Barnes & Noble continues to operate its online ebook store. It would be silly for a struggling company to ignore online revenue potential, and customers of Nook have been good to me for six years now.

See my fiction at Nook. 

A note from Tracy Falbe: Be the first to know about my new releases and special sales at Brave Luck Books. Join the Readers' List. Ebooks and audiobooks available worldwide. Print in select countries.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Free this weekend at Kindle, Kobo, iBooks, Nook, Google Play, and Smashwords

It's the first weekend of the month, and that means author Patty Jansen has put together a massive list of free ebooks for fans of science fiction and fantasy.

At her website, all the titles have been organized according to retailers. Readers worldwide will be able to find a free read. This is a great way to discover new authors that might not be presented to you when you're browsing at a retail site. There's so many hidden gems, and promotions like these uncover them for you. Lists made by Jansen offer you one of the few venues for discovering free ebooks at Google Play or Smashwords.

This month, I have a title available in the promotion. It's the historical fantasy Werelord Thal: A Renaissance Werewolf Tale.

See Werelord Thal and many other fine novels during this promotion. All listed titles will be free on December 3rd and 4th. Many of them are free all of the time.

Free on Kindle

Free at Kobo

Free for Nook

Free at iBooks

Free at Google Play

Free at Smashwords

Did you miss the free promotion days?

You can still read Werelord Thal for free.

A note from Tracy Falbe: Be the first to know about my new releases and special sales at Brave Luck Books. Join the Readers' List. Ebooks and audiobooks available worldwide. Print in select countries.