[Free eBooks] 5 free nonfiction from Verso Books [History, Political Theory, Activism, Economics.]

As a special treat to accompany their Student Reading sale through Wednesday, September 30th, 5 quasi-academic nonfiction ebooks are free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Verso Books.

Each free title in the giveaway is a selection from their themed suggested student reading lists (also on sale for 40% off print and ebooks), on various topics of history, political theory, economics, and activism from notable authors worldwide, and include:

  • How to Be an Anti-Capitalist in the 21st Century by the late Erik Olin Wright, a Vilas Distinguished Professor of Sociology at the University of Wisconsin
  • The Groundings with My Brothers by the highly influential Guyanese intellectual and 1960s anti-colonial activist Walter Rodney, who was later assassinated
  • Work: The Last 1,000 Years by Andrea Komlosy, a professor in the Department of Economics and Social History at the University of Vienna, Austria
  • Considerations on Western Marxism by British essayist Perry Anderson, Professor of History and Sociology at the University of California, Los Angeles
  • The Return of the Political by Belgian political theorist Chantal Mouffe, Professor of Political Theory at the Centre for the Study of Democracy at the University of Westminster

Offered worldwide through Wednesday, September 30th until just before midnight Eastern Time, available @ the publisher’s dedicated blogpost (watermarked but otherwise DRM-free ePub & Mobi bundle, requires account signup with valid email and billing address, but no payment info; click to switch each book’s tab from Hardcover or Paperback to Ebook to add the freebies to your cart).

[Free eBook] The Polarizers: Postwar Architects of Our Partisan Era by Sam Rosenfeld [US Political History & Current Affairs]

The Polarizers: Postwar Architects of Our Partisan Era by Sam Rosenfeld, an assistant professor of political science at Colgate University, is his history of US political party development, free for a limited time courtesy of the University of Chicago Press.

This is their featured Free Book of the Month for September, and is described as an intellectual and institutional history of party polarization in the post-WWII United States, exploring the deliberate trending away over the decades from bipartisanship towards increasingly polarized ideology in both the Democratic and Republican camps and the various actors and agendas behind the shifts, focusing on overlapping periods from the 1945 to 2000, with an epilogue summarizing developments through 2016.

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

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[Free eBook] Norstrilia by Cordwainer Smith [Award-Winning Classic Science Fiction]

Norstrilia by Cordwainer Smith, a pseudonym for the late Paul Linebarger, is his vintage classic science fiction novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Phoenix Pick Press.

This is their featured Free Book of the Month for September, and was originally published in parts as two novels, the Hugo Award-finalist The Planet Buyer in 1964, followed by The Underpeople in 1968, before being reunited in the author’s original one-volume form in 1975 from Ballantine Books, which won Japan’s 1988 Seiun Award for Best Translated Long Story and has placed twice on Locus Magazine’s All-Time Best SF Novel lists.

The story takes place in the author’s “Instrumentality of Mankind” future history setting where a vigorous central government arising from a post-apocalyptic Earth has expanded into space and then stagnated, setting up the conditions for the revival of humanity from its increasingly sterile dysfunction. This adventure is heavily influenced by the Chinese classic novel Journey to the West, starring the misfit scion of an ancient family on the only planet where a precious immortality drug is cultivated, who runs afoul of enemies whose machinations force him to flee to Earth for safety, where his wealth quickly makes him a target for the potentially more dangerous schemes of assorted crooks and revolutionaries.

Offered through October 5th (the monthly freebie rotates on the first Tuesday), available DRM-free worldwide directly from the publisher.

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[Free eBook] Sapphire Nights by Patricia Rice [Paranormal Romance]

Sapphire Nights by Patricia Rice, a recipient of the Romantic Times Reviewers Choice & Career Achievement Awards, is the 1st novel in her Crystal Magic series of f/m contemporary paranormal romance, free for a limited time courtesy of the author herself.

The series is set in the fictional small town of Hillvale in California, starring persons with empathic and psychic abilities who uncover and resolve secrets, mysteries, and the occasional murder rooted in the local history.

This installment stars a newcomer scientist with amnesia attempting to uncover the truth about herself, helped by a Chinese-American investigator from L.A. haunted by his father’s long-ago disappearance in the town, who struggles to cope with the expanded reality of spirits and other weirdness surrounding them both.

Offered DRM-free worldwide, probably until early October, available @ the Book View Café author consortium website.

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[Free eBook] The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal [Award-Winning Alternate History Science Fiction]

The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal, a puppeteer and recipient of the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer (now the Astounding Award), is the 1st novel in the Lady Astronaut series of alternate history science fiction, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Macmillan’s Tor Books.

This is their featured free eBook of the Month Club offer for June, won the Hugo, Nebula, Locus, and Sidewise Awards, and is being offered free to help promote the upcoming 3rd novel, The Relentless Moon, due in July.

The series takes place in an alternate 1950s where a global disaster prompts international efforts to accelerate and expand space exploration with the aim of colonizing the Moon and beyond to preserve humanity, and provides the prequel backstory to the Hugo Award for Best Novelette winning short “The Lady Astronaut of Mars” (readable free online at the Tor.com website).

This installment sets up the realization of the long-term effects of the initial meteorite strike and the ensuing efforts of talented women to take an equal role in the future as astronauts themselves, as seen from the viewpoint of a US mathematician and former pilot turned “calculator” for the new space program as she struggles against public and professional prejudices as well as her own disabling personal anxieties.

Offered through Friday, June 26th until just before midnight Eastern Time, available DRM-free to Canada & US only directly from the publisher.

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[Free Audiobooks] Into White by Randi Pink & Like No Other by Una LaMarche [YA Contemporary Fantasy & Cross-Cultural Romance]

AudioFile’s SYNC Summer of Listening 2020 promotion for young adults offers 2 free audiobooks per week—1 classic or non-fiction, 1 modern—available worldwide for a limited time courtesy of participating major publishers, and you can see the planned release schedule here.

This week’s two selected titles, which have a theme of coming of age while confronting cross-cultural differences, will be available to claim until 11:59 PM Eastern Time on June 10th.

  • Into White by Randi Pink, read by Adenrele Ojo, from Listening Library. A gritty YA contemporary fairy tale fantasy novel set in Alabama, starring a black teen attending a mostly white high school where she doesn’t fit in with her fellow students of either race, who in a case of “be careful what you wish for” magically finds herself appearing outwardly white and popular in a new reality which may not be nearly as improved as she had imagined.

  • Like No Other by Una LaMarche, read by Phoebe Strole & Leslie Odom Jr., from Listening Library. A YA contemporary coming of age f/m cross-cultural romance novel set in Brooklyn, starring a fun-loving nerd from a Caribbean family and a Hasidic Jewish “good girl”, who meet by chance in a stuck elevator during a hurricane and come to understand each other, finding forbidden love blossoming in the aftermath as they try to navigate societal and cultural obstacles to be together.

This year, they’ve switched over to requiring the Overdrive Sora app available for iOS and Android (previously, these were available as DRM-free MP3s with a time-limited download period to your computer/device), but once added to your in-app library, these will remain permanent titles that you can re-download at any time at your leisure.

You’ll need to signup with a valid email address on AudioFile’s front page for the promotion, and then enter the setup code audiobooksync in the Sora app when asked, and then claim each week’s featured title using the Borrow function on its page in the app, more details available on their FAQ page for the promotion.

Offered until just before midnight Eastern Time on Wednesday, June 10th, available worldwide.

[Free eBook] Who Do Serve, Who Do You Protect?: Police Violence and Resistance in the United States [Current Affairs Essays & Journalism]

Who Do Serve, Who Do You Protect?: Police Violence and Resistance in the United States edited by Joe Macaré, Maya Schenwar, & Alana Yu-lan Price, with a foreword by #BlackLivesMatter co-founder Alicia Garza is a topical essay collection, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Haymarket Books.

The book is a collection of reports and essays written by community organizers, legal activists, and journalists exploring the topic of police violence and miscarriages of justice against black, Latino, and indigenous communities and also persons with mental illness and other conditions in the US, as well as attempts at reform and keeping communities safe via other means.

This is being offered in conjunction with their 30% off themed sale on “Haymarket Books Against Policing & Mass Incarceration”, and they also offer a free downloadable PDF study guide for their award-winning From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation volume which is part of the sale.

Offered through Friday, June 5th (probably until just before midnight Pacific Time), available DRM-free worldwide directly from the publisher.

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[Free eBook] In Our Own Worlds #2 by Katharine Duckett, Seanan McGuire, Lina Rather, & Kai Ashante [Award-Nominated LGBT SF/Fantasy Omnibus]

In Our Own Worlds #2 by Katharine Duckett, Seanan McGuire, Lina Rather, & Kai Ashante is the 2nd omnibus in the In Our Own Worlds compilations of LGBT-themed science fiction & fantasy, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Macmillan’s Tor Books.

This is their supplementary featured free eBook of the Month Club offer for June to help celebrate Pride Month.

This omnibus contains 4 bestselling Tor.com imprint novellas featuring LGBT characters and relationships, by authors Katharine Duckett (an historical fantasy take on Shakespeare’s classic play The Tempest, set in Milan), Seanan McGuire (in her Nebula Award-winning Wayward Children contemporary portal fantasy series), Lina Rather (a space opera adventure), and Kai Ashante (a Hugo Award-nominated quest fantasy with m/m romantic elements).

Offered through Friday, June 5th until just before midnight Eastern Time, available DRM-free to Canada & US only directly from the publisher.

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[Free eBook] Red in Tooth and Claw by Jo Walton [Award-Winning Victorian Pastiche Fantasy]

Red in Tooth and Claw by Welsh-born Canadian author Jo Walton, a recipient of the Hugo, Nebula, Mythopoeic, World Fantasy, and John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, is a standalone fantasy with satirical elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Macmillan’s Tor Books.

This is their featured free eBook of the Month Club offer for May It won the World Fantasy Award for Best Novel in 2004 (and is a fun read and interesting take on both the original human and imitation dragon cultures), and is being made free to help promote Walton’s upcoming book, Or What You Will, expected in July.

The story is a pastiche of a Victorian romantic social drama novel, specifically inspired by 19th century English author Anthony Trollope‘s classic “Chronicles of Barsetshire” series, only set in a Society composed almost entirely of dragons.

Offered through Friday, May 22nd until just before midnight Eastern Time, available DRM-free to Canada & US only directly from the publisher.

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[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.