Thursday, 26 January 2012

You Don’t Need a Kindle to Read Kindle Books—Kurt Chambers

This year has seen a massive explosion in the sale of Kindles and similar devices. I think this is great for several reasons. Firstly, it has helped encourage children to read more books. Kids like electronic devices, especially in this day and age, and anything that encourages kids to read has got to be a good thing. Secondly, it has given the many authors out there the chance to show off their writing skills to the masses. This was something that wasn’t always possible before. It is so hard to become published using the traditional route of going through a publisher or agent. For those of you who have never experienced this, it’s harder than you can ever imagine. I wouldn’t even like to guess how many talented authors there are who have tried and failed over the years only to give up pursuing their dreams.
Did you know you don’t need a Kindle to read Kindle books?

There must be lots of keen readers out there that have been watching this new revolution where Kindle owners get to buy their books at a fraction of the cost of traditional books, but don’t own a Kindle or similar device themselves. Well, do not despair. All e-books that you see on sale are available in different formats, so that not only can you read them on any portable device, but also on your computer. And when you buy an e-book from whatever site, you can download that book as many times as you want and in any format. So if you buy a book today to read on your computer, and if you buy a Kindle, for example, in a month’s time, you can download the same book absolutely free of charge. Once you’ve bought it, it’s yours.

Using my own children’s fantasy book, Truth Teller, as an example, here is what an e-book will look like when reading it on a computer in html format:

If you want to experience what a story is like on a Kindle before you purchase one, you can download a free Kindle app for your computer from Amazon. It will work in exactly the same way as a handheld Kindle.

With the free Kindle on your computer, you then have access to hundreds of free Kindle books that are available on the Amazon site.

Now, all you readers out there who still don’t own a device to read an e-book can now read to your heart’s desire. Isn’t the e-book a wonderful revolution? Now, may I be as bold as to suggest you start with my book. It really is a great story J I know, I’m cheeky. LOL

Happy reading, everyone!

Shameless plug:

You can download a free copy of my award winning fantasy novel, Truth Teller. It is a heart-warming tale of true friendship in an action packed adventure. It is free to all readers in any format.

Truth Teller

How could ten-year-old Charlotte ever envisage that magic really existed. For her, the world of other realms belonged in children's fairy tales—or so she thought—until she discovers a strange shopkeeper, which begins an adventure that will change her life forever.
When she finds herself lost and alone in a far away forest, she must embark on a journey where heart-stopping danger and real life monsters are real. However, a far greater threat shadows her every move. Even with the strengths and skills of her new companions, they cannot protect her against a ruthless druid assassin.
But in this realm, Charlotte is not the vulnerable little girl she thought she was.



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  1. Good to know. I didn't know that, until I won free e-books on Anastasia's blog and she told me how to download an app to be able to read them on my computer. Very useful information, especially for people like me who were hesitant in buying a Kindle. I finally gave in, but it took a while. LOL

  2. Kobo also provides free software to read their books on PC.

    I find I actually do most of my reading on PC.

  3. Thanks, Annie :) I thought I'd better spread the news lol

  4. Thanks for the info, B.J. And thanks for taking the time to leave a comment :)