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The current set of monthly and special time-limited offers. Updated Aug 24th.

Special Time-Limited Freebie Offers

  • Until August 25th: Lyra’s Oxford by Philip Pullman, a short story in the His Dark Materials YA fantasy setting; Penguin Random House Audio monthly free offer.
  • Until September 4th: Mine Till Midnight by Lisa Kleypas, 1st in Hathaways series of Victorian historical romance; Heroes and Heartbreakers (Macmillan) Book Club of the Month offer

Regular Month-Long Free Book Offers

Leftover from Summer Hiatus, still available

  • Mobile Bodies, Mobile Souls: Family, Religion and Migration in a Global World in Proceedings of the Danish Institute in Damascus series, ethnographic studies of culture in assorted international migrant groups; English-language Free Book of the Month from Aarhus University Press in Denmark
  • Hamsuns sultekunstner by Peer E. Sørenson, Norwegian literature studies & international arts history based on Nobel Prize-winner Knut Hamsun’s novel “Hunger”; Danish-language Free Book of the Month from the University of Aarhus Press in Denmark
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[Free eBook] The Butchers of Berlin by Chris Petit [WWII Historical Murder Mystery]

The Butchers of Berlin by English author Chris Petit is the 1st novel in his Schlegel & Morgen series of historical murder mystery/crime thrillers, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Simon & Schuster UK.

This was last week’s featured Free Book of the Week selection in the iTunes UK store and was apparently made free to promote the newly-released 2nd in series, Pale Horse Riding. The series is set in Germany during World War II, investigating crimes taking place domestically within the country, starring a civilian investigator and an SS officer.

This story begins their unusual partnership with an odd string of murders which leads the investigator, who normally pursues financial crimes, to be assigned to a homicide case which becomes ever more mysterious as they delve deeper into whatever’s really going on.

Offered in the UK only, available at multiple retailers.

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[Free Audiobook] A Boy Called Christmas by Matt Haig [Children’s Fantasy Adventure]

A Boy Called Christmas by British author Matt Haig is the 1st story in his Christmas trilogy of children’s holiday adventure tales with fantasy elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Penguin Random House Audio.

The series gives an alternate backstory for Santa Claus and his family in the modern day, undergoing Christmas adventure quests, and this installment is narrated by actor Stephen Fry.

The story stars a young boy who goes in search of his missing father, traveling to the North Pole on adventures which include meeting reindeer and trolls and the elves of Elfheim village, who are experiencing problems only young Nikolas might be able to solve.

Offered worldwide until 12 PM Eastern Time on November 20th, available as a DRM-free MP4 download directly from the publisher and in their app.

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[Free eBook] Project Oceanus by Alan David [Science Fiction Technothriller]

Project Oceanus by Alan David, a pseudonym for British author Donald S. Rowland, is his vintage standalone science fiction technothriller, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

This was originally published in 1975 by Robert Hale’s Hale SF line using the pseudonym Mark Suffling.

The story is set in the 23rd century on a damaged Earth where everyone is looking towards the ocean for their salvation, and plucky researchers attempt to perfect dangerously experimental technology what will enable humans to breathe underwater even as nefarious global forces seek to exploit the invention for their own purposes.

Offered worldwide, available at Amazon.

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[Free eBook] Space Probe by Alan David [Science Fiction Space Opera]

Space Probe by Alan David, a pseudonym for British author Donald S. Rowland, is his vintage standalone science fiction space opera novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

This was originally published in 1974 by Robert Hale’s Hale SF line using the pseudonym Graham Garner.

The story pits a plucky freight company employee and his companion against space pirates preying upon starships, as they work to discover a mole leaking secret information and uncover a dangerous chance to put an end to the pirates’ depredations.

Offered worldwide, available at Amazon.

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[Free eBook REPEAT] Starfall Muta by Alan David [Science Fiction with Horror]

Starfall Muta by Alan David, a pseudonym for British author Donald S. Rowland, is his vintage standalone science fiction survival novel with horror elements, free again for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

This was originally published in 1975 by Robert Hale as part of their Hale SF line under the pseudonym Graham Garner.

The story involves a shuttlecraft incident which strands several crewmembers on the surface of an inhospitable alien planet with hostile inhabitants, while they try to carry out their original mission as well as find a way to make it back to their ship.

Offered worldwide, available at Amazon.

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[Free eBook] Granada Window by Marguerite Steen [Vintage Spain Cultural Travelogue]

Granada Window by the late English author Marguerite Steen, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature whose works enjoyed a period of popularity in the 1930s and 1940s, is her vintage cultural history cum travelogue memoir, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ The Odyssey Press imprint.

This was originally published in 1949 by The Falcon Press.

The book is a combined introductory cultural history and personal travelogue memoir of Spain, a country which the author would later settle in, which combines a look at its literature, history, and heritage alongside a tour of the region of Andalusia, sprinkling in her own experiences encountering the Andalusian people during her travels, and observations of cultural differences between Britain and Spain.

Offered worldwide, available at Amazon.

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[Free eBook] Shades of Gay: An Erotic Novel by David Clarke [LGBT Literary Fiction]

Shades of Gay: An Erotic Novel by David Clarke is his erotic literary fiction novel with strong m/m romantic elements, free for a limited time courtesy of LGBT specialty publisher Lethe Press.

The story explores the resilience of relationships and the nature of sex addiction, as a gay couple breaks up over the revelation of infidelity prompted by one partner being unable to resist the urge to engage in casual sex with other men, leading him to lose himself in meaningless encounter after encounter with strangers, gradually realizing the importance of what he has lost with his one true love.

Offered DRM-free worldwide, available at Amazon.

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[Free eBook] Served Cold by Marie Harte [Contemporary Romance]

Served Cold by Marie Harte is the 1st novel in her Best Revenge series of steamy f/m contemporary romance, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Macmillan’s Entangled: Brazen imprint.

The series apparently involves people entering relationships in order to get back at the other party for previous romantic slights, only to find love blossoming again despite their worst intentions.

This one is a second chance reunion romance whose airing of grievances is rooted in an unceremonious ditching by the heroine’s first high school boyfriend, who falls back in love nevertheless.

Offered worldwide, available at multiple retailers.

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[Free eBook] Stark Naked by Desiree Holt [Contemporary Western Romance]

Stark Naked by Desiree Holt is the 1st novella in her Naked Cowboys series of f/m contemporary western romance, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Macmillan’s Entangled: Select Contemporary imprint.

The series is set in Texas, and is centred around various members of the Stark family who own a ranch. NB: Apparently despite the suggestive series titling, these are merely steamy and fall under the aegis of Entangled’s “regular” contemporary imprint rather than whatever they call the more erotic one. YMMV.

This story features an awkward meet cute between a woman visiting her college friend at the Texas ranch, and the friend’s obligatory hot brother, who strives to convince her not to let that first impression get in the way of their potentially getting together.

Offered worldwide, available at multiple retailers.

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[Free eBook] The Debate Continues: Being the Autobiography of Marjorie Bowen by Marjorie Bowen [20th C Author Autobiography]

The Debate Continues: Being the Autobiography of Marjorie Bowen by the late English author Marjorie Bowen, a prolific multi-genre novelist who wrote under many other pseudonyms during the early mid-20th century and had several works adapted to film, is her vintage autobiography, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1939 by William Heinemann Ltd, and there’s a retrospective article about Bowen and her works as part of The Independent’s “Forgotten Authors” series, if you’re interested.

This autobiography details her early life spent in poverty and troubled family relationships as well as her attempts at self-education, and subsequent writing influences and career decisions.

Offered worldwide, available at Amazon.

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