If you carry out a search on the above you will find yourself in the Book Depository, though Amazon also promote the books under this imprint. Their collection is eclectic which is putting it mildly. Books published range from Cicero, Sophocles to Maupassant, Balzac to Annie Besant to Frances Hodgson Burnett to Dickens to Alcott to Mrs Oliphant and so on and so on.
I have purchased several of their titles, mainly Frances Hodgson Burnett and Susan Coolidge which are unavailable elsewhere. Now, oh joy be unconfined, thousands of these titles are being offered free if you have an e-reader. Click here on this link. I have spent the last few days scrolling through their list and have downloaded dozens. They are saved to your computer and then later you can link your Kindle, or whichever reader you have, to your PC and then drag and drop them into your e-book. They will appear as text numbers so it makes sense to rename them before you transfer otherwise you will have difficulty
locating a title.
As you know, I decided I would use my Kindle to track down titles that are hard to find in second hand bookshops and libraries and Dodo Press has quite a few that I have been looking for. It is also a treasure trove of all the books written by authors who we now only know by one or two titles. Jerome K Jerome being a prime example of this - we all know Three Men in a Boat and Three Men on the Bummel (which I think is even funnier than Boat), but there are dozens more listed, all of which are unknown to me. Arnold Bennett - I know a few of his titles, but there appear to be at least twenty more available. Then I have on my shelves one of my favourite childhood books, A Girl of the Limberlost by Gene Stratton Porter. So far I have found another four by this author and the list goes on.
There are over 12,000 free e-books on this website and I have yet to work out how they are listed and in what order. You can search by a particular author which is fine, but the fun is in clicking through the pages and just looking at the titles and the front cover illustrations. By doing this I have found some delightful titles which are written by Victorian ladies which were obviously the chick lit of their day and look delightful. Never heard of any of them, except Mrs Oliphant and Mrs Humphrey Ward, so it is a joy just to browse. Impossible to look through in this way in one go, it takes hours, so I have bookmarked each page as I have closed down so that when I open it up I am back where I started. Did not do that the first time and was thrown back to page one.
Do take a look. You will be amazed and delighted at the variety on offer. And all FREE!
PLEASE NOTE: as these are pdf files the typeface cannot be changed on the Kindle as it can with other books and the font sizes on these files are very tiny. I am Googling at the moment and there are various methods I have tracked down to convert these files for Kindle usage and will get back to you all. All other pdf files I have dowloaded have been fine and the right size but the Dodo Press ones will need adjusting.
Knew there would be a catch.....