Every day, Kindle Nation Daily posts new free eBooks available for the Kindle. These aren’t public domain, either. They’re from publishers, sometimes from the Big Six themselves.
Beginning July 19, 2010, I’ve been downloading these books. Not all of them, just the ones I’m most likely to possibly read. So I haven’t really been a pig and just grabbed everything.
Well, last night I decided to have a look at Your Account at Amazon, to see if I could get a tally of these freebies. That’s something that’s not really possible with Kindle for PC because it doesn’t separate Samples from full books.
In Kindle for PC, I have over 1,000(!) items. That’s books and Samples. In fact, this isn’t everything because I had to split my folders, pulling a lot out into a separate folder that Kindle for PC doesn’t see, because it was getting too slow to use.
Under Your Account, I was shocked to discover I have 656 free Kindle Books. Six hundred and fifty-six! That’s a mixture of publisher freebies and public domain. I’m going to be generous and say one-third are public domain. So that still leaves me with over four hundred “legitimate real books” (as most people would term them) in Kindle format.
And now I am pWned by Amazon. Because there is just no damned way I would even begin to try to DRM-strip and reformat those to ePub. I’m locked into the damn Kindle format. I now have a frikkin real library of books in that format.
For those of you who might be similarly pWned — you’ve been grabbing the freebies but don’t own a Kindle and don’t really like the hardware, either — it looks like the new Kindle 3.0 for Android Honeycomb is the best way to go:
I wonder how that would be on a rooted NookColor running Honeycomb? Hmmmmm….