[Free eBook] Past Vulnerability: Vulcanic eruptions and human vulnerability in traditional societies past and present [Earth Science & Natural Disaster Response History]

Past Vulnerability: Vulcanic eruptions and human vulnerability in traditional societies past and present edited by Felix Riede, an associate professor in the Department of Archaeology at Aarhus University, is a collection of academic essays on the link between geological and human activity, free for a limited time courtesy of the Aarhus University Press in Denmark.

This collection of essays explores past volcanic events from 10,000s of years ago to relatively recent times, and their effects on the local cultures surrounding, via a combination of geological and archaeological and literature studies approaches to examine their physical and social impacts.

There are some pretty nifty ones which do things like look through old Icelandic literature (and the Bible and Quran) for reports on tales of eruptions handed down through various means before being recorded into an official historical document, and how people coped with the after effects (and maybe an explanation for the fabled Fimbulwinter of Norse mynthology), as well as directly examining the remains of archaeological evidence from hunter-gatherers several thousands of years BCE.

Offered worldwide through May, available from the university’s website as their featured English-language Free Book of the Month selection.

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[Free eBooks] 4 Doctor Who spin-off titles from Candy Jar Books [Science Fiction Media Tie-In]

As a special Easter holiday treat for fans of the popular Doctor Who British science fiction media franchise, 4 books are offered free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Candy Jar Books.

Three novels from their new Lethbridge-Stewart series of officially licensed spin-off tie-in adventures starring side characters from the original show, introduced with forewords by actors and writers who contributed to the show, are offered to promote the line, which is expecting several more releases in upcoming months.

A fourth book, which is non-fiction, provides an unofficial companion to the creative inspirations behind the various artificial beings which appear throughout the mothership franchise.

Offered DRM-free through the Easter holiday weekend, available worldwide at Amazon.

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[Free eBook] Libraries and Enlightenment: Eighteenth-Century Norway and the Outer World by Gina Dahl [Travel Literature History]

Libraries and Enlightenment: Eighteenth-Century Norway and the Outer World by Gina Dahl is her history of the rise in popularity and availability of books about travel and discovery and their impact on society, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Aarhus University Press in Denmark.

This is an accessibly-written academic book about books, specifically the impact that the greater availability of books about things outside of early modern Norway had on the people of Norway, who were able to do “virtual travel” to other worlds by means of armchair-discovering the foreign places and cultures described in said books. While this does concentrate mainly on the availability of and impact of such books in Norway specifically, some of it also appears to cover the greater trend for such travelogue and discovery-type books in the wider world of the Enlightenment, also examining the attitudes expressed by the authors of particular well-known titles and their apparent reception by the popular audience.

Offered DRM-free worldwide through the month of February, directly from the publisher.

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[Free eBook] Stoleleg: Jørgen Leths verdener by Dan Ringgaard [Danish Filmmaker Career Retrospective]

Stoleleg: Jørgen Leths verdener (Chair Games: The Worlds of Jørgen Leth) by Dan Ringgaard, a Professor in the Communication and Culture department at Aarhus University and a recipient of the Georg Brandes Prize for literary criticism, is his Danish-language creative career retrospective about the noted filmmaker, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Aarhus University Press in Denmark.

This was published to coincide with Jørgen Leth‘s 75th birthday, according to the official announcement on Leth’s blog, and is a Danish-language retrospective appreciation cum critical examination of his life and times and works. While Leth is best known to international audiences as a filmmaker, he is apparently also a poet and has dabbled in journalism, sports, and other fields which author Ringgaard covers in a series of essays, apparently from a somewhat personal perspective, drawing from his own encounters with Leth and his resulting views of the man’s work over the decades.

Offered DRM-free worldwide through the month of February, directly from the publisher.

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[Free eBook] Romantikkens verden: Natur, menneske, samfund, kunst og kultur [Danish 18th C Romanticism World History & Culture]

Romantikkens verden: Natur, menneske, samfund, kunst og kultur (The World of Romanticism: Nature, man, society, art and culture) edited by Ole Høiris & Thomas Ledet is a volume in their Verdensboger (World Books) series of Danish-language self-contained titles which provide a comprehensive introductory overview to cultural and historical periods, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Aarhus University Press in Denmark.

This Danish-language series is fully equivalent in style and content to the Oxford University Press’ The Oxford Illustrated History of… or Routledge’s The World of… English series. This volume contains a thorough introduction to the history and culture and mindset of the world surrounding the 18th-19th century Romantic Era which followed the Age of Enlightenment, which had previously been dominant during the 18th century. Included are essays about art, literature, philosophy, etc. about both the Nordic regions and the wider world, lavishly illustrated with period paintings and photographs of documents and other artifacts.

Offered through the month of January, available worldwide DRM-free.

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[Free eBook & Audiobook] Gaven by Anders Klostergaard Petersen [Danish Academic Culture & Philosophy Essay]

Gaven (The Gift) by Anders Klostergaard Petersen, a professor in the School of Culture & Society’s Department of Religious Study at Aarhus University, is the 44th in the Tænkepauser (Reflections) series of accessibly-written Danish-language short introductory essays on various academic topics meant for a general audience, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Aarhus University Press in Denmark.

This Danish-language essay covers the topic of gift-giving and how it is culturally viewed in society, apparently with a bit of philosophical detour into reflecting upon how it’s the thought behind it that counts more than the outward value of the gift, which may be a gift in itself.

Offered as a DRM-free ebook and accompanying MP3 audiobook, available worldwide through December 12th.

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[Free eBook] Things from the Town: Artefacts and Inhabitants in Viking-age Kaupang [Viking Age Archaeology]

Things from the Town: Artefacts and Inhabitants in Viking-age Kaupang edited by Dagfinn Skre, a Professor of Archaeology at the Museum of Cultural History at the University of Oslo in Norway, is a collection of academic essays about Viking Age archaeological finds, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher the Aarhus University Press in Denmark.

This is the 3rd volume in the Kaupang Excavation Project series collecting academic essays pertaining to an extensive project from the University about the excavations carried out on the eponymous Viking Age marketplace excavation site in Norway. This volume covers assorted uncovered artifacts and their relation to the inhabitants’ daily lives and wider world. It’s very comprehensive volume , and not only showcases assorted finds of metalwork, precious jewellery, glassware, textiles, and more, but also placing them in context in the townspeoples’ lives of how they were made locally or acquired via trade, etc.

Offered through the month of December, available worldwide DRM-free.

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[Free eBook] Oplysningens verden: Idé, historie, videnskab, kunst [Danish 18th C Enlightenment World History & Culture]

Oplysningens verden (The World of the Enlightenment: Ideas, history, knowledge, art) edited by Ole Høiris & Thomas Ledet is a volume in their Verdensbøger (World Books) series of Danish-language self-contained titles which provide a comprehensive introductory overview to cultural and historical periods, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher the Aarhus University Press in Denmark.

This Danish-language series is fully equivalent in style and content to the Oxford University Press’ The Oxford Illustrated History of… or Routledge’s The World of… English series. This volume contains a comprehensive introduction to the Age of Enlightenment which followed the Renaissance in Western Europe, which was at its peak during the 18th century. Included are essays about art, literature, philosophy, etc. about both the Nordic regions and the wider world, lavishly illustrated with period paintings and photographs of documents and other artifacts.

Offered through the month of December, available worldwide DRM-free.

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[Free eBook] Outside the Box: Interviews with Contemporary Cartoonists by Hillary L. Chute [Sequential Arts]

Outside the Box: Interviews with Contemporary Cartoonists by Hillary L. Chute, an associate professor of English at the University of Chicago, is is a collection of her in-depth interviews with prominent comic book and graphic novel artists, free for a limited time courtesy of the University of Chicago Press.

This collection contains several all-new interviews which have never been printed before, and extensive samples of comics from the artists’ repertoires. Featured interviewees include Scott McCloud (Understanding Comics, an essential classic of the field), Alison Bechdel (Dykes To Watch Out For and “the Bechdel Test”), Art Spiegelman (Maus), Joe Sacco (excellent comic book format non-fiction journalism which are among some of my favourite GNs), and many more.

Offered worldwide, available through the month of December.

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[Free eBook] Danish Medieval Castles [Archaeology & Architecture History]

Danish Medieval Castles by Rikke Agnete Olsen, an historian associated with the National Museum of Denmark, translated by Joan F. Davidson with illustrations by Janne Klerk, is her accessibly-written overview of the history, archaeology, and architecture of Danish medieval castles, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Aarhus University Press in Denmark.

This is an English-language translation of the Danish original Danske middelalderborge, which was chosen as one of the 2011 Year’s Best Book Works by the Forening for Boghaandværk (a bookcrafter’s association). This is a very nicely done coffee table sort of artbook, with plenty of historical backgrounder and general how-they-lived sort of info (including a medieval pancake recipe!) in addition to the specific architectural data, as well as lots of colour photographs and black & white line diagrams, and a helpful illustrated glossary of castle construction terms.

Offered through the month of November, available worldwide DRM-free.

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