Wilkie Collins: Love Dragon Tattoo? This wildly popular Victorian-era novelist was a precursor to the modern detective novelist. His fascinating, densely plotted page-turners often focused on revenge and the plight of women. Download The Moonstone and The Woman in White.
Arthur Conan Doyle: Speaking of great mystery writers, the Sherlock Holmes creator’s works are available for free. Save yourself the price of admission to the Hollywood version and go straight to the source.
Phillip K. Dick: Last year, 11 of the prolific sci-fi master’s works were made part of public domain. Others like Minority Report and A Scanner Darkly aren’t free but will only cost you a dollar or two.
Jane Austen: You’ve probably read and re-read Pride and Prejudice, but check out Emma, Persuasion, and Mansfield Park as
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett: This children’s classic never gets old. Also available for free: Little
Women by Louisa May Alcott.
The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton: This captivating novel about New York society of the very early 20th century feels utterly fresh and surprising today.
Anton Chekhov: Pretty much any short story writer will point to Chekhov as a master of the form. It seems almost wrong that his stories (including the perfect “The Lady with the Dog”) and plays won’t cost you anything.
Dubliners by James Joyce: Okay, so I may not get to Ulysses any time soon, but I read the spectacular story/novella “The Dead” from this collection a couple times a year.
The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain: His better-known books are available, too, but Twain’s account of his European “grand tour” is still gutbustingly funny.
Fairy tales of Hans Christian Andersen and the Brothers Grimm: These weird, dark classics aren’t for kids — and in today’s pop culture, they’re more relevant than ever.
This list only scratches the surface. Do you have any free Kindle ebooks that you’d like to share?
Please note: This one isn’t free, but it’s mine, so I will also suggest: Seeking Sara Summers. Available on several e-readers, including: Kindle, nook, ipad, Sony, and Kobe books.
Happy New Year, everybody! And, Happy Reading!!