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| August 13, 2013 | 0 Comments

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Read great eBooks for free this summer.

Summer holidays are a perfect opportunity to relax with a good book. Packing an eBook reader loaded with books ensures you’ll never be caught short for something good to read during your break.

Buying a bundle of new eBooks for your holidays can get expensive, especially if you’re not sure you’ll get around to reading them.

Amazon offer a load of free eBooks for Kindles, as do Nook and Kobo for their eReader platforms. However searching through the free eBook titles can be a bit of a chore, as well-known novels are mixed in with self published books from new and aspiring authors.

To help you separate the good from the bad, here’s our round up of some of the best free Kindle eBooks available from Amazon.


Vanity Fair

Vanity Fair
William Makepeace Thackeray

“Revenge may be wicked, but it’s natural.”

Set against the background of the Napoleonic wars, ‘Vanity Fair’ follows the contrasting fortunes of two young women, Amelia Sedley and Becky Sharp, who go out into the world together, but whose lives take very different courses.


Emma

Emma
Jane Austin

“I may have lost my heart, but not my self-control. ”

Beautiful, clever, rich – and single – Emma Woodhouse is perfectly content with her life and sees no need for either love or marriage. Nothing, however, delights her more than interfering in the romantic lives of others.


Moby Dick

Moby Dick:Or, the White Whale
Herman Melville

“I know not all that may be coming, but be it what it will,I’ll go to it laughing.”

Moby-Dick is as an indisputable literary classic. It is the story of an eerily compelling madman pursuing an unholy war against a creature as vast and dangerous and unknowable as the sea itself.


Black Beauty

Black Beauty
Anna Sewell

“We call them dumb animals, and so they are, for they cannot tell us how they feel, but they do not suffer less because they have no words.”

A horse is a horse of course unless of course the horse is Black Beauty. Animal-loving children have been devoted to Black Beauty throughout this century, and no doubt will continue through the next.


Jane Eyre

Jane Eyre
Charlotte Brontë

“I would always rather be happy than dignified.”

Orphaned into the household of her Aunt Reed at Gateshead, subject to the cruel regime at Lowood charity school, Jane Eyre nonetheless emerges unbroken in spirit and integrity.


Great Expectations

Great Expectations

Charles Dickens

“Heaven knows we need never be ashamed of our tears, for they are rain upon the blinding dust of earth, overlying our hard hearts. I was better after I had cried, than before–more sorry, more aware of my own ingratitude, more gentle.”

Pip is headed for an apprenticeship at the blacksmith’s forge. Then an anonymous donor appears, and sends Pip to London to live as a gentleman. Pip is sure he knows the identity of his secret benefactor. He couldn’t be more surprised when he finds that he’s been mistaken all along.


The Man Who Would Be King

The Man Who Would Be King
Rudyard Kipling

“Daughters of man marry Gods or Devils”

The rugged mountains of 19th-century Afghanistan serve as the backdrop for this humorous and action-packed tale of two happy-go-lucky Britons who take over a remote kingdom. The colorful inhabitants and beautiful prose enrich a beautifully powerful ending.


Little Women

Little Women (Book 1)
Louisa May Alcott

“I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship.”

In picturesque nineteenth-century New England, tomboyish Jo, beautiful Meg, fragile Beth, and romantic Amy come of age while their father is off to war.


Wuthering Heights
Wuthering Heights
Emily Brontë

“He’s more myself than I am. Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same.”

Wuthering Heights is a wild, passionate story of the intense and almost demonic love between Catherine Earnshaw and Heathcliff, a foundling adopted by Catherine’s father.


Pride and Prejudice

Pride and Prejudice
Jane Austen
“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.”

So begins Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen’s witty comedy of manners–one of the most popular novels of all time–that features splendidly civilized sparring between the proud Mr. Darcy and the prejudiced Elizabeth Bennet as they play out their spirited courtship in a series of eighteenth-century drawing-room intrigues.


Don Quixote

Don Quixote
Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
“Finally, from so little sleeping and so much reading, his brain dried up and he went completely out of his mind.”

Don Quixote has become so entranced by reading chivalric romances, that he determines to become a knight-errant himself. In the company of his faithful squire, Sancho Panza, his exploits blossom in all sorts of wonderful ways. Quixote’s fancy often leads him astray – he tilts at windmills, imagining them to be giants.


Les Miserables

Les Misérables
Victor Hugo

“He never went out without a book under his arm, and he often came back with two.”

Introducing one of the most famous characters in literature, Jean Valjean – the noble peasant imprisoned for stealing a loaf of bread – Les Misérables (1862) ranks among the greatest novels of all time.


Dracula

Dracula
Bram Stoker

“Oh, the terrible struggle that I have had against sleep so often of late; the pain of the sleeplessness, or the pain of the fear of sleep, and with such unknown horror as it has for me!”

Having discovered the double identity of the wealthy Transylvanian nobleman, Count Dracula, a small group of people vow to rid the world of the evil vampire.


The Importance of Being Earnest

The Importance of Being Earnest
Oscar Wilde

“I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read in the train.”

Oscar Wilde’s madcap farce about mistaken identities, secret engagements, and lovers entanglements still delights readers more than a century after its 1895 publication and premiere performance.


The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes

The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

“It has long been an axiom of mine that the little things are infinitely the most important.”

Eleven adventures from the crowded life of Sherlock Holmes, including ‘The Final Problem’, with which the author intended to close the career of his famous detective. But Holmes was a match for his creator, and 12 more stories follow in ‘The Case Book of Sherlock Holmes’.


The Good Soldier

The Good Soldier
Ford Madox Ford

“Why can’t people have what they want? The things were all there to content everybody; yet everybody has the wrong thing.”

“A Tale of Passion,” as its subtitle declares, The Good Soldier relates the complex social and romantic relationships between two couples, one English, one American, and the growing awareness by the American narrator John Dowell of the intrigues and passions behind their orderly Edwardian facade.

A Doll s House

A Doll’s House
Henrik Ibsen

“You have never loved me. You have only thought it pleasant to be in love with me.”

A classic expression of women’s rights, the play builds to a climax in which the central character, Nora, rejects a smothering marriage and life in “a doll’s house.”


Sons and Lovers

Sons and Lovers
D.H. Lawrence

“Recklessness is almost a man’s revenge on his woman. He feels he is not valued so he will risk destroying himself to deprive her altogether.”

This intensely autobiographical novel recounts the story of Paul Morel, a young artist growing to manhood in a British working-class family rife with conflict. The author’s vivid evocation of the all-consuming nature of possessive love makes this one of his most powerful novels.


Poems

Poems
Emily Dickinson

“Not knowing when the dawn will come
I open every door.”

This book, a distillation of the three-volume Complete Poems, brings together the original texts of all 1,775 poems that Emily Dickinson wrote.


The Advenures of Tom Sawyer

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
Mark Twain

“The less there is to justify a traditional custom, the harder it is to get rid of it.”

Impish, daring young Tom Sawyer is the bane of the old, the hero of the young. There were some in his dusty old Missippi town who believed he would be President, if he escaped a hanging. For wherever there is mischief or adventure, Tom is at the heart of it.


The Diary of a Nobody

The Diary of a Nobody
George Grossmith, Weedon Grossmith

“’Why should I not publish my diary? I have often seen reminiscences of people I have never even heard of, and I fail to see – because I do not happen to be a ‘Somebody’ – why my diary should not be interesting”

Weedon Grossmith’s 1892 book presents the details of English suburban life through the anxious and accident-prone character of Charles Porter. Porter’s diary chronicles his daily routine, which includes small parties, minor embarrassments, home improvements, and his relationship with a troublesome son. The small minded but essentially decent suburban world he inhabits is both hilarious and painfully familiar.

Still trying to choose the right eReader?

Our recommendation remains the Kindle Paperwhite as the best eReader currently available. It’s available from Amazon* for £109.

What great free Kindle eBooks did we miss out?

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Credits: Book summaries provided by Goodreads.

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