Wednesday, June 8, 2011

The Book Report: Sharing the latest in books, apps and literary marketplace news

'Books' by Paula Slade

Welcome to another edition of “The Book Report.” This week we cover a book signing for a good cause showcasing bestselling author W. Bruce Cameron, and provide you with a veritable virtual library of free legal downloads for eReaders.


Sharing a bit of wine, some cheese and a dog bone or two

The New York Times Bestseller "A Dog's Purpose"and the adoptable dogs of THE AMANDA FOUNDATION Present:


A Dog and People Book Party to benefit
Palisades Village Book Friends*

Village Books
Wednesday, June 8,
7:30 P.M.
1049 Swarthmore Avenue, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272

Event Notes:  “Bestselling author W. Bruce Cameron and his dog Tucker (and Tucker's Amanda Foundation dog friends) will be signing copies of the new trade paperback of the New York Times bestseller A Dog’s Purpose at a “Wine, Cheese, and Bones” Party at Village Books.
Half of the book’s cover price will go to the Palisades Village Book Friends, a non-profit 50 (c)(3) organization formed to promote and support literary events in the community, and to ensure the continuation of the tradition started by Village Books of organizing author readings, signings, and other literary events.

The Amanda Foundation is a partner in this benefit to help the “Dog Friendliest Independent Bookseller in Los Angeles” to survive and thrive.   One of LA’s oldest and most respected animal charities, The Amanda Foundation has been a pioneer in spay and neuter programs.  Several of The Amanda Foundation adoptable dogs will be in attendance for guests to meet, as well as Dina Zaphiris, host of Animal Planet’s “Petfinder” with one of her dogs that has been trained to detect cancer by scent.

A Dog’s Purpose spent 19 weeks on the New York Times bestsellers list when it was published in hardcover, and it will be debuting on the New York Times list in trade paperback this Sunday, June 12th.
A Dog’s Purpose is also coming to the big screen as a major motion picture from DreamWorks Studios with Cameron writing the screenplay.

Everyone who reads A Dog’s Purpose is passionate about it.  It was voted “Top 5 Best Fiction of 2010” in the Goodreads Readers Choice Poll, and it was named a "Best Read 2010" in Cesar's Way Magazine.  Pulitzer Prize-winning author Alice Walker also raved about it on her website, saying “I laughed and smiled and cried…This book is wise and sure to open the hearts of all who read it.”

Kids, dogs, and grown-ups are all invited to meet W. Bruce Cameron and Tucker and support Village Books, one of Los Angeles’s most treasured independent bookstores.”


The Library at Thebes
In addition to getting free eBook offers from Google and from the major online retailers, Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Apple, there are a number of sites where free eBooks are the norm.

Some of the sites will offer reading direct from your computer or in PDF format, others invite free legal downloads to smartphones, eReaders and tablets.

Everything for every reading taste and age is available, from established classics to emerging writers and even children’s books.

Almost all of these sites offer fiction and non-fiction, but for your convenience, we have called out specialized categories that might be of interest.

You may want to bookmark this page for future reference and perusing these links at your leisure. Free is always fun.

AskSam Ebooks (Everything from governmental texts and legal to Shakespeare).

Baen Free Library (For Science Fiction fans).

Bibliotastic (Good reads from self-published authors).

BookYards (Includes audio books, educational materials, foreign language books and more).

eBookLobby (Cooking, food, travel, law, arts, photography and more).

FreeComputerBooks (Best for computer, programming, lecture notes, tutorials, and math).

4eBooks  (Specializes in books on computer programming).

FreeTechBooks (Just what the name implies – engineering, science, textbooks etc.)

KnowFree (A virtual educational think tank).

ManyBooks (Perfect for iPod, eBook readers and Personal Digital Assistants).

MemoWare (Maps, technical references, religion, philosophy, literature).

The Online Books Page (From the University of Pennsylvania includes prize-winning books, women writers and banned book collection).

OnlineComputerBooks (Not only computers books but math, physics, science, Internet,  business and marketing).

OnlineFreeEBooks ( A wide variety including health, hobbies, sports and martial arts).

SnipFiles (Free software along with free eBooks). (Magazines, games, graphics, photography).

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