[Free eBook] White Mischief: A Cultural History of Cocaine by Tim Madge [History & Current Affairs]

White Mischief: A Cultural History of Cocaine by British author Tim Madge, an historian and journalist, is a cultural and political history of the drug, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 2001 by Mainstream Publishing and this reprint comes with a brand new foreword commenting on the changes (or lack of them) in policy in the past two decades.

This covers the history of the uses and abuses of various forms of cocaine, from its origins as the revered coca leaf in South America and early favourable image as a miracle drug in 19th century Europe and the US to its eventual banning and subsequent re-emergence as a 20th century recreational drug for high-rollers, as well as exploring the policies which arose as a result of the modern “war on drugs”.

Offered worldwide, available at Amazon.

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[Free eBook] Dirty Rotten Scoundrels by Matthew Benns [Australian True Crime History]

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels by Australian author Matthew Benns, a journalist and author of assorted nonfiction bestsellers, is an Australian true crime history, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher HarperCollins.

This book, which is tilted towards the pop entertainment side but provides plenty of dates and references, gives an account of con artists in Australia throughout history, from the 19th century to the present day and ranging in type from relatively harmless literary hoaxers to devastating personal scammers and financial fraudsters, with case studies detailing their exploits and methods and the lasting effects upon their victims.

Offered in the US only, available at Kobo only, from the looks of it.

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[Free Audiobooks] Solo by Kwame Alexander & The Devil’s Highway by Luis Alberto Urrea [YA Fiction & Award-Winning Journalism]

AudioFile’s SYNC Summer of Listening 2018 promotion for young adults 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 journeys and tragedies, available until 7am Eastern Time on May 10th, are as follows:

  • Solo by Kwame Alexander, a YA contemporary/literary fiction novel about a budding musician struggling with the effects of drug addicted washed-up rock star father on his life and the absence of his deceased mother, making a journey to Ghana to uncover his true history after family secrets come to light; read by the author himself, with audio performances by singer Randy Preston, from Blink, available worldwide
  • The Devil’s Highway: A True Story by Luis Alberto Urrea, an investigative journalism account of a 2001 tragedy in which a group of 26 Mexican immigrants attempted to cross into Arizona via a grueling path, with only 12 survivors remaining afterwards, which won the Laman Literary Award winner and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize; read by the author himself, from Hachette Audio, available worldwide

Offered as DRM-free MP3s through 7am Eastern Time on May 10th, 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 Audiobooks UPDATE] 6 audiobooks from Libro.fm [Fiction, Non-Fiction, & Young Adult]

UPDATE: Libro.fm has extended part of the offer through May 1st, for Brain Rulesfor Aging Well and the two audio samplers.

As part of a special promotion to celebrate the annual Independent Bookstore Day on April 28th this year, audiobook retailer Libro.fm is offering six full-length audiobooks and two samplers from publishers Macmillan and Penguin Random House, mostly available worldwide in DRM-free MP3 format (requires account signup with billing address but no payment info). If you like, you can also get extra copies for your friends, if you enter a valid email address to send the gift link to.

The six books being offered are a mix of fiction and non-fiction, from children to adult:

There are also two freebie audio samplers, exclusive for Bookstore Day:

  • Macmillan Audio Sampler with essays and short stories by Luvvie Ayaji, bestselling thriller authors Jeffrey Archer and Lisa Scottoline, literary fiction author Jeffrey Eugenides, Francesca Serritella, and Lara Williams
  • Penguin Random House Audio Story Sampler with excerpts from popular works from their bestselling and classic authors.

Offered DRM-free worldwide (mostly) through April 28th, probably just through Eastern Time, and you can read more about the offer on its main page @ Libro.fm.

[Free eBook] The History of Assassination: From Becket to JFK by Brian McConnell [Politics & True Crime]

The History of Assassination: From Becket to JFK by the late Brian McConnell, a journalist who helped foil a plot to kidnap Princess Anne during the 1970s, is a true crime political history, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1969 by Leslie Frewin.

This covers assassination as performed in modern (circa the 1960s) and ancient times (actually going back farther than Thomas à Becket to the Roman era) around the world, providing an overview and some analysis of national historical trends as well as selected case studies of famous assassinations past and present, alongside a bit of speculation on the then-recent deaths of the Polish prime minister and the UN Secretary-General, who both died in potentially suspicious plane crashes.

Offered worldwide, available at Amazon.

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[Free eBook] Private Spies: The Secret World of Industrial Espionage by Ronald Payne [Vintage Business & Crime History]

Private Spies: The Secret World of Industrial Espionage by the late British author Ronald Payne, a journalist who was a foreign correspondent for the Daily Telegraph and considered a world authority on espionage and terrorism topics, is his vintage history and then-current affairs topical analysis of industrial spying, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1967 by Arthur Barker.

The book was a contemporary hot topic exploration (circa the 1960s), focusing primarily on then-recent case examples of industrial espionage, but also referring back to its roots among the historical attempts to uncover trade secrets of old silk and pottery industries, with some speculation and suggestions about methods, motivating rationale, prevention, and deterrence.

Offered worldwide, available at Amazon.

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[Free Audiobooks] 2 free titles from AudioSYNC Summer of Reading [Young Adult Horror Novel, Crime & Social Issues Non-Fiction]

AudioFile’s SYNC Summer of Listening 2017 promotion for young adults continues, which 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, available until 7am Eastern Time on May 25th, are as follows:

  • Shadow House: The Gathering by Dan Potocki, the 1st novel in a tween/young adult horror adventure trilogy trapped in an eerie haunted house, trying to find a way out; from Scholastic Audiobooks, read by Dan Bittner
  • In Our Backyard: Human Trafficking in America and What We Can Do To Stop It by Nita Belles, a non-fiction book and advice guide which provides background information and true stories about human trafficking, as well as tips on how to recognize it when it occurs around you and fight back by taking action in various ways; from Oasis Audio, read by Nicol Zanzarella

Offered as DRM-free MP3s through 7am Eastern Time on May 25th, 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] Scotland Yard Casebook by Joan Lock [19th-20th C British Police History]

Scotland Yard Casebook by British author Joan Lock, a former policewoman, is her history of early policing in the UK, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1993 by Robert Hale under the title Scotland Yard Casebook: The Making of the CID, 1865-1935.

This history of British law enforcement focuses especially on the creation of Scotland Yard’s Criminal Investigation Department which replaced the previous scandal-ridden Detective Branch, and covers some of its early cases, as well as the decades following its formation during which various crime-solving technologies and innovations were adopted, and social changes such as the introduction of women detectives and the difficulties they faced.

Offered worldwide, available at Amazon.

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[Free eBook] dozens of freebies during Smashwords Read an Ebook Week sale [Fiction & Non-Fiction]

Today is the last day of the annual Smashwords Read an Ebook Week Sale, and dozens of previously-published free ebooks are being given away (alongside thousands more by indie authors). These are all DRM-free, available worldwide, and will require signing up for an account with them (no payment info needed), ending midnight tonight (March 11th), probably Eastern Time (possibly Pacific).

For free, Canadian backlist publisher BevEditions has an excellent selection of Canadian fiction and non-fiction in many genres, including history, biography, true crime, mysteries, historical and literary fiction, mostly previously published during the 1980s and 1990s by major publishers such as Doubleday and HarperCollins, including works by historian Marian Fowler, Arthur Ellis Award-winning mystery author Lyn Hamilton, Jewish-Canadian Order of Canada recipient Morley Torgov (whose works have been adapted into film), and many more. I’ve read several of these in the past, and highly recommend picking up the lot if you can get it.

I apologize for the very short notice on this. My internet has been down, and I’m posting this from the library. NB: Smashwords’ site is currently buggy, so to get the freebies (or purchase discounted books), you’ll have to add the book to your cart by choosing to ignore the expired coupon warning, then manually apply the coupon code (e.g. SFREE) from the book’s product page, to see the discount price appear before checking out. For the most efficient “shopping”, add a bunch of stuff to your cart first, and then copy-paste the coupon code into their respective boxes, and hit “Apply Coupon” at the bottom to have them all discount at once.

To browse the other freebies offered, start here at the Smashwords Read an EBook Week Sale dedicated promo page, then you can pick a genre category from the sidebar, and use the price/coupon categories to refine your results. I advise checking the SFREE 100% off category first, as the regular Free page will pull up things which are not necessarily part of the limited-time promo, but offered free as their usual price.

Also, if you are interested in reprints of 1980s/1990s science fiction, fantasy, horror, and mystery, the following imprints are offering 50% off previously-published works by authors such as Craig Shaw Gardner (humorous light fantasy formerly out from Ace Books), Elizabeth Ann Scarborough (Nebula-nominated, and one of my favourite fantasy authors), Bill Pronzini, Melissa Scott (John W. Campbell Best New Writer winner, and also a Lambda Literary Award-nominee), World Fantasy Award winner Robert Holdstock, and many more: Crossroad Press, Untreed Reads, Infinity Plus, Gypsy Shadow Publishing

If you happen to miss something, many of these publishers also participate in the Smashwords July sale, and will probably also do Read an Ebook Week next year as well.

[Free eBook] Lincoln’s Constitution by Daniel Farber [US Law & Political Issues History]

Lincoln’s Constitution by author and historian Daniel Farber, the Sho Sato Professor of Law at the University of California, Berkeley, among other honours, is his history of constitutional law issues related to the US Civil War, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher the University of Chicago Press.

This is an accessibly-written history cum analysis of how the titular president dealt with constitutional issues arising from the US Civil War, placing them into their historical context with the assorted events and political pressures surrounding Lincoln’s decisions, and extrapolating the lessons to be learned in their applicability to current interpretations of the law today (as of circa 2003, when this was originally published).

Offered worldwide throughout the month of March, available directly from the publisher.

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