[Free eBooks] 15 titles from Verso Books [Academic, Culture, History, Philosophy, Politics, Etc.]

As a special treat to mark the end of back-to-school month, publisher Verso Books are offering a repeat of the 15 titles from their September flash giveaways accompanying their still-ongoing 50% off Student Reading sale, in case anyone missed them earlier.

The titles include a mix of quasi-academic history (ancient and recent), political and economic philosophy, arts & culture, social and gender studies, and other related topics written by authors worldwide, selected from their promotional recommendation lists during the Student Reading sale.

This is the list, and you can pick them all up from their dedicated promo blogpost here (wait for everything to load, then click to switch to “Ebook” for each title before adding to cart; requires account signup with billing address but no payment info) through this weekend:

  • Capitalism, Socialism, Ecology by André Gorz, from the Environment & Ecology recommended reading list
  • Bad New Days by Hal Foster, from Art & Aesthetics
  • Darkwater by W.E.B. Du Bois, from Race & Ethnicity
  • Building the Commune by George Ciccariello-Maher, from Sociology
  • Fictitious Capital by Cédric Durand, from Economics
  • Invisibility Blues by Michele Wallace, from Feminism and Gender
  • Democracy Against Capitalism by Ellen Meiksins Wood from Political Theory
  • Read My Desire by Joan Copjec, from Psychoanalysis
  • Good Neighbors by Sylvie Tissot, from Architecture & Cities
  • Peasant-Citizen and Slave by Ellen Meiksins Wood, from History (is about ancient Greece)
  • Politics and Letters by Raymond Williams, from Cultural & Literary Theory
  • Cultural Capital by Robert Hewison, from Film & Media
  • The Left Hemisphere by Razmig Keucheyan, from Critical Theory
  • The Philosophy of Marx by Etienne Balibar, from Philosophy
  • Homo Juridicus by Alain Supiot, from Anthropology

Offered worldwide through 11:59 PM Eastern Time on September 30th, available DRM-free (ePub & Mobi, watermarked with your email address but otherwise freely transferrable to all your devices) directly from the publisher.

[Free eBook] That’s the Way It Is: A History of Television News in America by Charles L. Ponce de Leon [Media Industry & Cultural History]

That’s the Way It Is: A History of Television News in America by Charles L. Ponce de Leon, a professor of history at California State University, is a social history of the media industry and surrounding culture, free for a limited time courtesy of the University of Chicago Press.

This is their featured Free Book of the Month for September.

This accessibly-written social history covers the origins and gradual evolution of TV news broadcasting and audience reception in the US from the 1940s to the present day, dispelling popular notions of a golden age of reporting which has declined into exploitative celebrity-obsessed frivolity—instead presenting the mixed reality of serious journalism, silly gossip, and politicization which has existed since the beginning, alongside entertaining anecdotes about key figures in media history.

Offered worldwide through September, available directly from the university’s website.

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[Free eBook] The Warlock in Spite of Himself by Christopher Stasheff [Science Fantasy Adventure]

The Warlock in Spite of Himself by the late Christopher Stasheff is the 1st novel in the Warlock of Gramarye subseries of the Gramarye universe science fiction/fantasy hybrid adventures, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Phoenix Pick Press.

This was originally published in 1969 by Ace Books and was the beginning of a very popular series spanning 12 further novels and then another 10 related spin-off sequels. I read this a long time ago and it was somewhat old-fashioned, but light, retro fun and I liked it enough to buy the sequels on sale.

The series is a humorous science fiction/fantasy hybrid, taking place in a future where humanity has settled the stars, starring Rod Gallowglass, an agent for a galactic concern, and his trusty robosteed companion, who become involved with magical adventures, both simulated and real.

This adventure sees him discovering the hidden planet Gramarye— which appears to be a medievaloid society with magical witches, warlocks, and mythical creatures but actually has an Earth-based scientific origin and explanation for its “powers”—and foiling plots by rival groups to undermine the government in between getting to know the locals and uncover more about their world.

Offered DRM-free worldwide through September, available directly from the publisher.

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[Free Audiobook] The Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper [Classic Historical Adventure]

The Last of the Mohicans by the late James Fenimore Cooper is is the 2nd novel in the Leatherstocking Tales pentalogy of historical adventure fiction, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Tantor Audio.

This is their Free Book of the Month selection for September, and is narrated by William Costello. This was originally published in 1826 as The Last of the Mohicans: A Narrative of 1757 and has been adapted repeatedly to many different media over the centuries, including the popular film starring Daniel Day-Lewis.

The novels takes place in the formerly Iroquois areas of mid-late 18th-century New York, starring the frontiersman Natty Bumpo, known by various nicknames to the European settlers and local Native Americans. This story is set during the Seven Years’ War when France and Great Britain were battling over America, and sees Bumpo as part of a caravan transporting a Colonel’s daughters to safety at a Fort, only to be caught up in the conflict as new rivalries and old wounds cause them to become a target for revenge.

Offered worldwide through September, available as DRM-free MP3s from the retailer’s website.

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[Free Audiobook] Frankenstein by Mary Shelley [Classic Science Fiction Horror]

Frankenstein by the late English author Mary Shelley is is a standalone classic science fiction horror novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Penguin Random House Audio.

This is their featured Free Book of the Month offer for September and is narrated by Jim Weiss. The novel was originally published in 1818 as Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus was later heavily revised by the author in the 1831 edition best known today as one of the first modern science fiction/horror tales, and an enduring favourite adapted into many media as well as the source of the iconic monster.

The story is centred around an ambitious scientist and the new creature he creates via an unorthodox experiment, exploring themes of discovery, tragedy, and humanity.

Offered worldwide until just before noon Eastern Time on September 27th, available as a DRM-free MP4 download directly from the publisher and in their app.

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[Free eBook] Lost and Found Sisters by Jill Shalvis [Contemporary Fiction with Romance]

Lost and Found Sisters by Jill Shalvis is the 1st novel in the Wildstone series of contemporary literary/women’s fiction with strong f/m romantic elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Headline’s Eternal imprint.

This is the featured iTunes Book of the Week in the UK store. The series is centred around themes of grief, friendship, and sisterhood, as women endure a devastating loss and uncover unexpected secrets and betrayals in its wake, which leads them to try starting over with the possibility of new love.

This story stars a woman attempting to recover after the loss of her sister to a car accident, who receives news of a surprising inheritance in a small town, which makes her question everything she thought she knew about her family.

Offered in the UK only, available at multiple retailers.

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[Free eBook] The Man from H-to-M by Jacob Hay [Vintage Mystery/Espionage Short]

The Man from H-to-M by the late Jacob Hay is a standalone mystery/spy thriller short story, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Wildside Press. as one of their sporadic weekly giveaways to help promote their Black Cat Mystery Community for vintage pulp mystery/crime thriller reprints.

This was originally published in 1969 in the May issue of Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine magazine in Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine magazine.

The story is set during the Cold War, starring a lowly government clerk in Czechoslovakia who impulsively takes a British mail order course on DIY sleuthing and surveillance.

Offered worldwide through October 1st (probably), available DRM-free directly from the publisher.

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[Free eBook REPEAT] Regnate by R. M. Dorn [Fantasy]

Regnate by R. M. Dorn is a standalone fantasy adventure novel, free again for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

The story is an epic-style quest fantasy to defeat a tyrannical ruler and save the realm, with the twist that the ruler is the hero’s own brother, who had won the tournament for the crown and intended to change the cruel ways of the regime, only to seemingly become corrupted by some mysterious force behind it, which must be rooted out.

Offered worldwide, available at Amazon.

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[Free eBook] Harmonious Hearts 2014 [YA LGBT Multi-Genre Fiction Anthology]

Harmonious Hearts 2014 is an annual volume anthology in the Harmonious Hearts series of young adult multi-genre short stories, free for a limited time courtesy of LGBT specialty publisher Dreamspinner Press’ Harmony Ink imprint for teen readers.

The series showcases selections from Harmony Ink Press’ annual Young Author Challenge, selecting the best YA LGBTQ-themed stories submitted by authors between the ages of 14 to 21, across multiple genres. This is apparently being made free for a limited time to help promote an accompanying ebook sale in the publisher’s various imprints’ webstores.

This volume features coming of age, romance, adventure, and other stories in fantasy, science fiction, historical and contemporary settings from the 1st annual contest,

Offered worldwide through September 25th until midnight Eastern Time, available DRM-free directly from the publisher and also at multiple other retailers.

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[Free eBook] Poverty and the Industrial Revolution by Brian Inglis [18th-19th C Socioeconomic History]

Poverty and the Industrial Revolution by the late Irish author Brian Inglis, a journalist, historian, and television presenter best known for the All Our Yesterdays historical documentary series, is a standalone 18th-19th century British socioeconomic history, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1971 by Hodder & Stoughton.

This examines the background behind and immediate and lingering effects of the changes in British economy and society as a result of the Industrial Revolution, with its impacts upon agriculture and manufacturing and the ensuing lives of the lower classes as machinery and other “modern” techniques made their traditional burden of manual labour lighter even as it made the value of their labour worth less to landowners, accompanied by speculation on lessons to be learned and applied to the increasingly automation-filled present day (circa the 1970s).

Offered worldwide, available at Amazon.

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