January 8, 2013 by Colin Kelly
I was live on BBC Radio Scotland today after Fred Macaulay set me the challenge of seeing how many ebooks I could buy for £5.
All the out of copyright classics are free and the various sites offer some incredible deals on more recent titles to tempt you in. For example, ‘Life Of Pi’ is currently available to download for 20pence from the Kindle store.
I’m not a huge reader (although I am working my way through Lee Child’s Jack Reacher series) but had to suggest a decent ebook library. Here are my suggestions. Have you read them and what did you think?
‘Life of Pi’ – Yann Martel
20p from the Amazon Kindle e-book store. Will only work on Kindle – the other stores sell this for about £4-£5, still cheaper than £22 for the hardback. Buy it because it’s a must see movie, and people who’ve read it say it’s inspiring and life changing. A good one to start the year with.
‘The Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out The Window And Disappeared’ – Jonas Jonasson
This is also 20p from the Kindle store and ‘laugh out loud funny’ according to the reviews. A nice one to follow up the rather deep and meaningful book that’s gone before.
‘You Had Me At Hello’ – Mhairi McFarlane
This is a new title, a debut by a Scottish author that’s getting great reviews and selling well. It’s one of these heartwarming, ‘I thought I’d lost you but we’re actually soul mates forever’ romantic comedy things. This is available as an ebook from Waterstones for 99p. Buy this because it’s brand new and you’ll get it cheaper than your pals who’re reading the paperback.
‘A Cool Head’ – Ian Rankin
It’s a ‘quick read’ , only 128 pages and written specially for World Book Day a few years ago. If you’re not a big reader this is a good one to start with. It’s a thriller – a robbery gone wrong, a woman who witnessed a murder, some stolen money and some very unpleasant characters. Available at £1.49, from all major ebook stores.
‘The Girl With The Glass Feet’ – Ali Shaw
£1.99 on all devices. Aberdeen Press and Journal called it ‘not just special..remarkable’ it’s also been called, ‘beautiful, dazzling and unforgettable’ It’s about a woman who is slowly turning into glass. To try to find a cure she goes back to a strange island where she thinks the changes began…and there she fall in love.
As well as the classics you can also borrow ebooks from many public libraries. Just ask them for the details! Let me know what you think of the titles above and any others you suggest.