Free iBook by Ian Hamilton

Today's free gift on Apple's 12 Days of Chrismas app is the iBook version of Ian Hamilton's The Red Pole of Macau.

From December 26 to January 6, Apple is giving out a free gifts every day. So far, I've seen a music videos, games and an episode of Sherlock that I've already seen. So This iBook is my first download.

And it's perfect because I've been meaning to check out Ian Hamilton's Ava Lee series. Among them is The Water Rat of Wanchai and The Wild Beasts of Wuhan.

Ava Lee is a forensic accountant that takes on cases of corruption. I think this might be good read for my trip to Hong Kong in January.

But if you want the free iBook you better act fast, it will only be available until end of day.

 

 

 

Free tools for Kindle

Did I ever mention that I love my Kindle? Because I do. I really, really do. I started reading for fun again after I bought it. For those of you reading off your Kindle, there are a couple free tools that can make your experience that much better.

These tools also apply to those of you reading eBooks with the Kindle app for smartphones and Kindle for PC/ Mac.

My favourite free tools for Kindle:

Calibre

Calibre is free software that allows you to organize and convert your ebook files. So you can convert PDF files to Kindle files (MOBI) and read it like any other ebook. Calibre’s actually a very powerful tool that can much more than that with the help of plugins but I’ll let you Google it yourself.

EreaderIQ

EreaderIQ tracks Kindle titles on your Amazon wish list and notifies you when items go on sale. It also keeps a automated list of recent titles that have gone on sale and recent titles that have been priced at $0! It’s perfect if you’ve got your eye on older titles that are priced above $9.99. Those often go on sale after a few months. EreaderIQ will also track when paper titles are available on Kindle. The only downside is that the EreaderIQ site is quite ugly.

Lendle (US only)

Kindle now allows US Residents to lend out their Kindle books for a week – but they can only lend out each book once. Lendle allows Kindle users to borrow and lend books to each other anonymously. And it’s risk-free because after the one week lending period, Kindle automatically transfers the book back the owners. The only downside is that some publishers won’t allow you to lend out/ borrow certain title and if you’re outside the US, you’re out of luck.

BookLending.com

BookLending.com does the same thing as Lendle only it allows non-US Residents to freeload off kind-hearted Americans who voluntarily lend out their Kindle library. That means Canadian readers like me can borrow books but cannot lend mine out.

What tools do you use for your ereader?

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