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Tor to Give Away Free eBooks

logo.gifWant a free ebook every week from Tor publishing? If you sign up for their newsletter, Tor will provide you the link, every week, to a free ebook that can be downloaded. The first book was Old Man’s War by John Scalzi, the winner of the 2006 John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. I’ve not read a Scalzi book but I love his blog, Whatever. My avid following of his blog began in earnest with his Creation Museum visit.

This week’s offering is Through Wolf’s Eyes by Jane Lindskold, another author I’ve not read. What I am saying here? Yes, I am giving over my email address and apparently am willing to be spammed by Tor in exchange for ebooks I might never read. What can I say? I am a total sucker for free books.

Apparently, the free ebook giveaway is a precursor of an introduction of a Tor backed ezine featuring original shorts (fiction and non fiction) and a “lightweight” social networking environment.   I wonder whether it could be a central social networking site for all science fiction / fantasy if it is a Tor backed community. I.e., would ACE/Baen/EOS authors be allowed to promote their books to the Tor funded community?

Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com

17 Comments

  1. R.
    Feb 18, 2008 @ 14:03:39

    Thanks for the heads-up!

  2. Ciar Cullen
    Feb 18, 2008 @ 14:19:00

    I’ll bite. Thanks for the link!

  3. (Jān)
    Feb 18, 2008 @ 14:28:33

    I liked the Lindskold, though the series got weaker with each book.

    As for the creation museum, we north of the river just try to pretend that it doesn’t exist. Hey, if they can ignore billions of years of evolution, I can ignore a small spot in Kentucky.

    Thanks for the link.

  4. AGJ
    Feb 18, 2008 @ 17:15:48

    What format do the books come in?

  5. Teddypig
    Feb 18, 2008 @ 17:43:39

    Yep, I got Brandon Sanderson – Mistborn the other day.

    Oh and it is a non-DRM PDF format.

  6. Robin
    Feb 18, 2008 @ 19:28:48

    That Creation Museum post was one of the funniest things I’ve ever read.

    I almost cried laughing when I read this:

    Let me say this much: I have to admit admiration for the pure balls-out, high-octane creationism that's on offer here. Not for the Creation Museum that mamby-pamby weak sauce known as “Intelligent Design,” which tries to slip God by as some random designer, who just sort of got the ball rolling by accident. Screw that, pal: The Creation Museum's God is hands on! He made every one of those animals from the damn mud and he did it no earlier than 4004 BC, or thereabouts. It's all there in the book, son, all you have to do is look. Indeed, every single thing on display in the Creation Museum is either caused by or a consequence of exactly three things:

    1. The six-day creation;

    2. Adam eating from the tree of life;

    3. Noah's flood.

    Really, that's it. That's the Holy Trinity of explanations and rationalizations. And thus we learn fascinating things. Did you know, for example, that Adam is responsible not only for the fall of man, but also for the creation of venom? It didn't exist in the Garden of Eden, because, well. Why would it? Weeds? Adam's fault. Carnivorous animals (and, one assumes, the occasional carnivorous plant)? Adam again. Entropy? You guessed it: Adam. Think about that, won't you; eat one piece of fruit and suddenly you're responsible for the inevitable heat death of the universe. God's kind of mean.

    OMG this totally made me want to read his book!

  7. (Jān)
    Feb 18, 2008 @ 20:17:58

    Hey Robin, at least they got one thing right: It’s always the mans fault. ;D

  8. Robin
    Feb 18, 2008 @ 21:12:54

    Hey Robin, at least they got one thing right: It's always the mans fault. ;D

    LOL! I guess I should be grateful they didn’t blame it all on Eve — like everyone else does. Although I know there’s an insult to Eve built in there, too (i.e. she was Adam’s little head), so . . .

  9. Jane
    Feb 18, 2008 @ 22:39:05

    I wrote an email and asked but haven’t yet received a response.

  10. Jennie
    Feb 19, 2008 @ 00:02:38

    The first free book is Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn, a fantasy with romantic elements. It was quite good.

    I think the next free book is Scalzi’s Old Man’s War, which is a fun, fast-paced space opera. IIRC it’s written in first person, a quite unreliable POV (i.e. don’t think Scalzi’s politics are represented in this book). He’s a reliably entertaining author.

    I also read Scalzi’s blog every day. Today’s rant on Andrew Burt, who wants to be SFWA’s next president, is priceless. And yeah, his writeup of his visit to the Creation Museum and the contest for funniest captions for his pics was loads of fun.

  11. R.
    Feb 19, 2008 @ 16:29:51

    Jane, I’ve also yet to receive a response,…

    Was it my breath??

  12. Jules Jones
    Feb 20, 2008 @ 08:04:59

    The sign-up has been a bit erratic. It’s been overloaded on occasion to the point where it wasn’t working at all; and when I signed up last week, I think it took three days before I got the email acknowledgement. But I did get my link to a DRM-free pdf of Mistborn shortly after that. I’ve spent too much time staring at my monitor for other purposes this week to try reading it, though.

  13. Jia
    Feb 22, 2008 @ 05:31:32

    I just got the link to John Scalzi’s book. Three formats this time: PDF, HTML & Mobi.

  14. Radish
    Feb 22, 2008 @ 12:21:27

    Yay!! Got mine, too — :)

  15. Jules Jones
    Feb 22, 2008 @ 16:43:26

    Got mine, and read it this afternoon. All of it. I wasn’t planning to even start it today, but I saw one page while I was checking that it had downloaded properly, and it hooked me..

  16. bw
    Apr 21, 2008 @ 09:56:43

    Thanks for the info, I especially found it interesting, keep the good job you are doing!

  17. Free Ebooks
    May 01, 2008 @ 03:58:24

    This is a good move from Tor. Highly appreciated.

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