Yet Another Kindle Convert

So, for Christmas I asked for a Kindle. I'm hoping to store as much public domain philosophy on it as I can manage, and thereby avoid buying textbooks whenever possible.
Because of Amazon's shipping policies when it comes to international Kindle orders, my shiny new e-reader is safely ensconced in The Future. I've been assured it's making its way to the Present, but it may take a while.

In the mean time, I am trying to gather as much information as possible, so: any suggestions from those of you who already have Kindles? Things I should do? Shouldn't do? What are the best places to find books (free books? DRM-free books)? What ought I to download? How long is the window usually between a book's hardcopy release and it's digital release? Does amazon hate me in any other ways for being Canadian? Etc?

Thanks in advance!

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MeiLin's picture

Most High

I dunno about how Amazon feels, but how could anyone hate Canadians? Smile

Project Gutenberg is the Great Free Repository of Public Domain Everthang. Hit them up first. Oh wait, no: first download Calibre. THEN start going to the various free Kindle spots.

Kindle Nation Daily, despite completely botching the ad I placed with them, is a very good resource for inexpensive and free Kindle content.

Smashwords has tons of free ebooks of varying quality.

If you google "free ebooks" you'll get a whole lotta hits, most of them useful. And Amazon itself has a good free Kindle page.

yay! one of us!

Gudy's picture

Embodiment

... the basics, so let me just add a couple more things.

Someone wrote:
How long is the window usually between a book's hardcopy release and it's digital release?
That varies wildly, depending mostly on the publisher and author. You can get everything from e-books first (Baen) to e-books late or never. Common strategies (if you want to grace something with the term 'strategy' that looks, from where I sit, suspiciously like groping in the dark) seem to be releasing the e-book together with the hardcover or with the paperback.

Someone wrote:
Does amazon hate me in any other ways for being Canadian?
Since Canada is part of the North American market, regional (un)availability of some titles should not be much of an issue, so I can't think of any way that Amazon would hate you for being Canadian more than it hates its average costumer anyway.

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