[Free eBooks] 50 books from Archipelago Press [Award-Winning World Literary, Historical, Poetry, Kids]

As a special treat during the ongoing quarantine, publisher Archipelago Press, who specialize in notable world literature in translation, have been offering 50 ebooks free for a limited time through May 20th.

The selection consists mainly of literary contemporary and historical novels and short story collections from notable authors and works including Nobel Prize-winning Icelandic author Halldór Laxness (with Wayward Heroes, a 1952 satire set in the medieval Viking world) and various nominees for the International Dublin Literary and other awards, but also includes poetry and some children’s picture books. Countries around the world are represented, ranging from Denmark to France to Morocco to Argentina to India and many more, with an assorted selection of older works from the early 20th century as well as more recent 21st century fare, and includes the occasional bilingual edition incorporating the original language alongside its translation.

You can find a full listing and links to obtain the giveaway selection on Archipelago’s dedicated news announcement blogpost (requires account signup with valid email, but no payment info; you may need to put in a convincing US billing and shipping address in order to checkout successfully, otherwise the system might be glitchy and attempt to add a non-existent extra shipping cost for the free ebooks to other countries).

NB: most of the books are available in both DRM-free PDF and ePub format, and I advise grabbing both due to potential formatting/layout issues for the poetry and anything that might depend on special typographic styling. Some books are only available in one format, and the cart doesn’t show which format you selected until you checkout, so I also suggest doing a double pass of getting all the ePubs first, and then the PDFs in a second checkout batch, or vice versa. A few formats for one or two books may be improperly priced, so make sure they say $0.00 when adding to the cart.

Three titles, Seraphin, The Gothamites, and Hiznobyūtī, are from their “Elsewhere Editions” imprint for children’s literature in translation, and will require a separate sign-up for that site. (Selecting the generic “eBook” option from the dropdown will give you PDF versions instead of the dedicated ePub option.) Also, French poet Maurice Scève’s Emblems, seems to be glitched and unavailable in any eBook format.

Offered DRM-free worldwide through Wednesday, May 20th (probably ending Eastern Time), directly from the publisher.

[Free Audiobooks UPDATE] On Cats by Charles Bukowski & Wanderlust, USA by Flula Borg [Literary Poet Pet Memoir & Humorous Travel Ethnography]

As a special treat to celebrate Independent Bookstore Day, two full-length audiobooks are being offered as a special promotion, free for a limited time courtesy of retailer Libro.fm and publisher HarperCollins’ HarperAudio imprint.

The two titles are available through Saturday, April 25th (UPDATE: the freebie period has been extended through Sunday April 26th, Pacific Daylight Time) as DRM-free MP3s (requires account signup with billing address but no payment info), and can also be gifted to your friends’ emails for them to claim later. You can find them by scrolling down Libro.fm’s special promotional page which includes their other charitable sale offers for the event or directly by clicking the titles below.

  • On Cats by the acclaimed late German-American poet and novelist Charles Bukowski, read by Roger Wayne, unabridged. A compilation of the author’s literary and personal reflections as well as poetry, written about the various cats encountered throughout his life, as well as the species inspiring him in general

  • Wanderlust, USA: An Über-Curious Guide to Sassy American Pastimes by German actor, comedian, and YouTube personality Flula Borg, read by the author himself, unabridged. A 6-episode audiobook-original humorous ethnographic travelogue adventure through the US in order to visit and experience the scenes of eccentric recurring cultural events including the Iditarod dog-sledding race in Alaska, Elvis Week in Mississippi, Revolutionary War-era historical reenactment in Lexington and more, and getting to know the history and communities behind them and their enduring popularity.

Offered worldwide through April 25th (at least until midnight Eastern Time, and possibly also Pacific Time), available DRM-free at Libro.fm.

[Free eBook REPEAT] Divining Divas: 100 Gay Men on their Muses [LGBT Poetry Tribute Anthology]

Divining Divas: 100 Gay Men on their Muses, edited by Michael Montlack, an award-winning poet and Berkley College faculty member, is an anthology of poetry written by gay men as tributes to the famous and/or fictional women who inspired them, free again for a limited time courtesy of LGBT specialty publisher Lethe Press.

This collection was named as part of the 2013 Over the Rainbow Project book list, and contains contributions by a hundred poets both established and new, including Kenyon Review Prize-winner Randall Mann, Lambda Literary Award-winner Mark Bibbins and many more, with tributes to influential women as ancient as Sappho and as modern as Lady Gaga (with a detour into pop culture with the X-Men and Buffy the Vampire Slayer et al.)

Offered DRM-free worldwide, available at Amazon.

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[Free Audiobooks] Swing by Kwame Alexander & Blink and Caution by Tim Wynne-Jones [Young Adult, Coming of Age Poetry, Crime Thriller]

AudioFile’s annual SYNC Summer of Listening promotion for young adults has returned for 2019, and offers 2 free audiobooks per week—1 classic or non-fiction, 1 modern—as free MP3 downloads, usually available worldwide (some titles are subject to geo-restrictions, and you can see the planned release schedule here).

This week’s two selected titles, which have a theme of close friendships surviving stressful circumstances, available until 7am Eastern Time on May 2nd, are as follows:

  • Swing by Kwame Alexander with Mary Rand Hess, a jazz-inspired standalone poetic literary fiction novel-in-verse about the friendship between two boys with different personalities and interests as they come of age together through difficult high school experiences; read by the author himself, from Blink, available worldwide
  • Blink & Caution by Tim Wynne-Jones, YA contemporary crime thriller novel starring two street kids on the run, who separately ran afoul of the wrong ruthless people, teaming up into an uneasy partnership which might hold a chance of redemption for both; read by MacLeod Andrews, from Candlewick on Brilliance Audio, available worldwide

Offered as DRM-free MP3s through 7am Eastern Time on May 2nd, available in selected countries worldwide (requires installing Overdrive Media console software on your PC, Mac, Android, or iDevice, and you need to finish downloading before the time limit).

[Free eBook REPEAT] Divining Divas: 100 Gay Men on their Muses [LGBT Poetry Tribute Anthology]

Divining Divas: 100 Gay Men on their Muses, edited by Michael Montlack, an award-winning poet and Berkley College faculty member, is an anthology of poetry written by gay men as tributes to the famous and/or fictional women who inspired them, free again for a limited time courtesy of LGBT specialty publisher Lethe Press.

This collection was named as part of the 2013 Over the Rainbow Project book list, and contains contributions by a hundred poets both established and new, including Kenyon Review Prize-winner Randall Mann, Lambda Literary Award-winner Mark Bibbins and many more, with tributes to influential women as ancient as Sappho and as modern as Lady Gaga (with a detour into pop culture with the X-Men and Buffy the Vampire Slayer et al.)

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