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Monday, December 10, 2012

Free Books Available Dec 10, 2012

Please see above for how to read these books without a Kindle, and the sidebar at right for a quick explanation of this blog. Have fun getting new books! :) May I suggest that you check daily so you don't miss all those available for only 24 hours?

If you are coming here on a later date, please check the most recent list for today's books. Main Page
(Some of the books below may still be available. I haven't checked specifically. Most are usually 1 or 2 days but sometimes they are free longer.)


Something slightly different: This is not a Kindle book. An excellent blog that I read, the Backyard Farming Connection, is written by Gretchen Stuppy Carlson, and she has just written a new PDF e-book called “THE MODERN HOMESTEAD: A GUIDE TO STARTING YOUR JOURNEY” which she is making free for a limited time if you subscribe to her blog by email. (You get an email when there is a new posts on the blog.)  I do recommend the blog and don’t think you’ll be disappointed if you subscribe! Have a look to see for yourself. The Backyard Farming Connection The page that described getting the free book is HERE.  . I just went through the process and it’s straightforward. On the right of that page under the Mission blurb is a little window for entering your email address. When you do that, click submit; you will then receive an email with a link to activate your subscription and another to download the e-book. I like the subtitle.  I had a quick look through the book this morning while writing this and recommend it! I like the “How We See It” parts where she shares how they learned and grew in each area, included mistakes made and learned from.

General self-sufficiency and survival

The Bug Out Bag Book - Create a Personalized Emergency Gear Kit


The Lancet: Surgery 2012: Clinical Series
“A themed collection from The Lancet, dedicated to traumatic injury and surgery. “ Pre-order free (out Dec 15)

Food, Home, and Farming/Gardening

Cooking Wild & Wonderful
Real (not get-rich-quick-plagiarized gem) cookbook from the chef at Wolfpack ranch in Montana, who has also cooked for hunting camps. Great reviews including ones of converting these meals easily to dutch oven and camp cooking.

How To Cook Healthy Recipes: A Beginner's Guide To Kitchen Basics For Healthy, Natural Meals At Home
From a fitness writer

From Seed To Harvest

LIVING FRUGALLY: Tips On Saving Money And Living Within Your Means

Out of Sight, Out of Mind - Easy Home Organization Tips and Storage Solutions for Clutter-Free Living - Limited Discount Edition

Minimalism for Grandparents: Decluttering for Health, Happiness, and Connection in the Golden Years

Math as a Creative Process: Using Arts, Crafts, and Cooking to Decipher Math Concepts

Preschool Play and Learn: 15 Fun Activities for Christmas (Preschoolplay Play and Learn)

Four Easy Bookmark Projects for Kids (Fabulous Bookmarks You Can Make)


Simple Circles: An Exercise Program for Seniors & Their Families

The Lancet: Family Planning: Global Health Series

How I Cured My Cancer For Just Pennies A Day

Neurobiology, Trauma, and Child Development


Born to Win: Keeping Your Firstborn Edge without Losing Your Balance
By Dr. Kevin Leman, respected traditionally published author of The Birth Order Book, Have a New Child By Friday, etc.

Rocks and Sandals (Pathway Parables)
Faith-based “journey through a series of discussions that develop into a guide for healing hurts, restoring relationships and living free. The book provides a specific set of steps for each reader to take in order to overcome some of the hurtful circumstances that have happened in their life. These include situations that happen with family, friends, organizations, and during life itself that takes our life in a new and often unwanted direction. The reader is introduced to a six step process that can be applied to all of those circumstances and use them to break into the freedom we all desire.”

What To Do When There's Trouble At'Mill (Galen Partners Business Guides)
150 year anniversary reprint of Victorian book.

Textbook Folly
“Author explores his college textbooks and examines them for honesty or bias, education or indoctrination. “

Today there are a whole pile of free books from FT Press, which is a well-respected traditional publisher of technical books:
The Secrets of Economic Indicators: Hidden Clues to Future Economic Trends and Investment Opportunities (3rd Edition)

Practical Solutions for Healthcare Management and Policy (Collection)
Three books in one: Overhauling America's Healthcare Machine: Stop the Bleeding and Save Trillions; Improving Healthcare Quality and Cost with Six Sigma, and Reengineering Healthcare: A Manifesto for Radically Rethinking Healthcare Delivery. For descriptions see link.
Financial Innovation (Collection)
Sustainable, responsible financial innovation: lessons from the crisis, and new paths to global prosperity. Two books in one: Financing the Future, and Fixing the Housing Market.
Creating Breakthrough Products: Revealing the Secrets that Drive Global Innovation (2nd Edition)
Identity: Your Passport to Success
Leading at a Higher Level, Revised and Expanded Edition: Blanchard on Leadership and Creating High Performing Organizations

Regulation Nation: How Government Agencies Circumvent the Legislative Process to Enact Laws and Rob Americans of Their Constitutional Freedoms

Digital Addition Flash Cards in Color (Ordered and Shuffled 1-9)

True Accounts

Sliding on the Snow Stone
"It is astonishing that anyone lived this story. It is even more astonishing that anyone survived it. Stefan grows up in the grip of a raging famine. Stalin’s Five Year Plan brings genocide to Ukraine...the true story of Stefan's extraordinary journey across a landscape of hunger, fear and devastating loss. With Europe on the brink of World War Two, Stefan and his family pray they'll survive in their uncertain world.

Stored Treasures
“Minnie Crane lived through two world wars, pandemics and the Great Depression. Thirty years after her death her tale is brought to life in a way only her great-granddaughter could do. Minnie came from an extremely humble beginning and made huge sacrifices. Her telling account sheds light on the story of Belitsa, a little town in Russian, now part of Belarus, a Jewish community obliterated by the Nazis. It also traces immigration of many Jews to America at the turn of the twentieth century. This inspirational narrative makes history very personal.”

Brierly Ridge: Fields of Melancholy and Mania
”The hills of rural Kentucky are breathtaking to anyone who sets their eyes on them. The sun rises with magnificence in the early morning hours, while dew drips from the leaves of a forgotten tobacco patch. The smell of honeysuckle blends with alfalfa, and a blue moon illuminates the countryside on a warm summer night. There is a feeling to this place that no words can define. The possibilities are endless. Having been raised in the smallest county in the state of Kentucky, I learned many life lessons. Lessons that cannot be learned from a textbook, or a lecture hall on a university campus. From the golden hay fields, to the broken barns, to the innocence of love, this place gave me hope. Bipolar Disorder ultimately took it all away. Or did it? The dreadful illness that effects so many people, reared its ugly head at me. The curse, as I have come to know it, might actually have been a gift sent from the Heavens.”

The Greatest Civil War Battles: The Battle of the Wilderness

The Greatest Civil War Battles: The Battle of Chancellorsville


Nature Survival, War, and other Hardship

Wildflowers of Terezin
“ A Danish Lutheran pastor’s complacent faith is stretched to the breaking point during World War II when he meets a young Jewish nurse Hanne Abrahamsen and becomes deeply involved in Resistance efforts to save Denmark’s Jews from the Nazi prison camp at Terezin, Czechoslovakia—also known as Theresienstadt… When things go terribly wrong and Hanne is sent to Terezin, Steffen finds his heart fully engaged. He undertakes protests and rescues that are more and more dangerous, never imagining where it will lead him, or the ultimate cost of his decision to get directly involved. “

In The Only (Christian Fiction Books)
“ two young siblings struggling to survive a quest in the wilderness, with only a Bible to guide them,” Christian allegory (?)

The Emerald River
“Kent Barnum and Patrick Hall, both fifteen years old, are busy excavating a tree trunk on Kent's rural Oregon farm when the unspeakable happens. Now trapped on a raging underground river, the two boys will fight for their lives—all while Kent's father mounts a desperate search expedition. But what secrets will the underground river give up? And can the two boys survive long enough to discover them?”

Politics, Terrorism, and Intrigue/Conspiracy

The Battle of Mayberry
“There is an evil plot unfolding in Trinity Corners, Minnesota. But it may not be the apparent criminals who are responsible for the botched terror plot against America. In this sleepy, central Minnesota resort community a cast of small town characters is about to unravel a mystery which will draw them into a strange and confusing world where their rural faith and values are pitted against a big government, big media, big city wisdom seemingly at war—not with terrorism—but with them.”

The Taste of Fear
“American movie star Scarlett Cox and her husband, hotel tycoon Salvador Brazza, head to Africa to get away and resuscitate their ailing marriage. When robbed of their money and passports, they seek help from the U.S. Embassy in Dar es Salaam--on the very day Al Qaeda chooses to bomb it. In an eyeblink they're taken hostage and whisked across the border deep into the Congo, one of the last truly wild places left on earth. Battling terrorists, deadly wildlife and cannibalistic rebels, Scarlett and Sal must find a way to survive in a violent, primeval world. And the only person who may be able to save them is the assassin sent to kill them.”

Collapse, Post-Apocalypse, Speculative Futures

The Penal Colony
“The future. The British government now runs island prison colonies to take dangerous offenders from its overcrowded mainland jails. Among all these colonies, Sert, 25 miles off the north Cornish coast, has the worst reputation. There are no warders. Satellite technology is used to keep the convicts under watch. New arrivals are dumped by helicopter and must learn to survive as best they can. To Sert, one afternoon in July, is brought Anthony John Routledge, sentenced for a sex-murder he did not commit. Routledge knows he is here for ever. And he knows he must quickly forget the rules of civilized life. But not all the islanders are savages. Under the charismatic leadership of one man a community has evolved. A community with harsh and unyielding rules, peopled by resourceful men for whom the hopeless dream of escape may not be so hopeless after all ...”

Windigo Soul
Dystopia. “It's Hank Reed's birthday. As a citizen of the United Federation of Nations that means a mandatory death sentence simply because he turned sixty years old. Referred to as "retirement," it's one of the desperate steps the government has taken to curb overpopulation. Retirement is a widely accepted fact of life on a dying planet ruled by a tyrannical government. Hank's execution goes ahead as planned but state sponsored euthanasia isn't what it seems. The Reed family learns what really happens to retirees when secrets the UFN keep from the public start to unravel. This book is intended to be read by adults and may be unsuitable for children under 17. Contains indecent language and descriptions of graphic violence.”

“After a life altering event, the Earth is transformed into an inhospitable host to every living thing on it. Some humans have survived in subterranean shelters, while others have been transformed by their unforgiving environment above ground. One group fosters the hope of optimism for a new and better future, the other looks no further than the daily harsh reality of survival. Can both groups co-exist? Or will fear of the unknown, distrust, and the necessity to work together foster the competitive spirit of men to once again adopt the attitude of dominating one another for the benefit of the few?”

The Myoshi Effect
“The year 2020. Can the United States of America and the United Blue States of America come together and stop a giant asteroid before it destroys Earth in one month's time? Who is the mysterious Doctor Apophis? What is the S.U.R.? What the hell is the Canadian army doing in North Dakota? And what is...The Myoshi Effect?”

The Road to Rejas
“In the post-apocalyptic world of Half Past Midnight, Mark Roesch was the quiet guy - the gentle giant. The people of Rejas learned to count on him during the hard times after D-day. But every survivor had a story from before... and most of those stories dealt with the deaths of friends and loved ones. Mark is no exception. Pain, loss, friendship, and wonder await him along The Road to Rejas.”

More Sci-Fi-or-Fantasy-ish

The War of the Worlds: Aftermath
After the War of the Worlds, “as England begins to rebuild, terrorist outrages begin to rock society. A new adventure begins, as a daring plan is put into place to discover the source of these disruptions. For one survivor of The War of The Worlds, the horror is just beginning.”

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  1. Thank you so much for sharing the link and info on my book!! I really appreciate your words and thoughts. Sending the book out is a bit intimidating and I'm so glad it's been well received. And thanks again for sharing all these free ebooks!

  2. You're so welcome, Gretchen! I hope you will get a whole bunch of subscriptions you might not have got otherwise, and lots of readers will get a great new book they wouldn't have known about otherwise. Perfect arrangement, I think. :)