(PRWEB) May 03, 2012
The only blog dedicated to pre-copyright works, “Free (and semi-free) Literary Books for the Kindle (US & UK),” recently recommended its 150th classic Kindle e-book. Since 2010, Marilyn Knapp Litt has been blogging on famous or forgotten works for the Kindle. All the e-books she suggests were published before 1923, but still hold a reader’s interest, and are free or inexpensive.
The 150th book reviewed was F. Scott Fitzgerald’s 1922 novel The Beautiful and the Damned.
The blog is published twice a week and is available free online; but it can also be delivered to Kindles that subscribe through Amazon. It is the No. 1 selling Amazon subscription blog on literary fiction in both the US & the UK. Each blog covers one book and includes an excerpt, links to download the book on Amazon and a short explanation as to the book’s enduring appeal.
“As books shed their bindings to become e-books, the books that sat unwanted — perhaps because they just looked old — are now on level footing with newly published books,” says Litt – “In fact, the older books have a huge advantage if they are out of copyright and available for free. Price, portability and easy availability are leading to a renaissance in the reading of literary classics as people search out pre-copyright books to download.”
Among the many older titles Litt has blogged on include The Virginian by Owen Wister, The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas, and The Indiscreet Letter by Eleanor Hallowell Abbot. Litt’s range of recommendations run from literary classics by Tolstoy, Conrad, and Proust to books by Zane Grey and Grace Livingston Hill.
The blog also highlights non-fiction. A recent “timely” blog highlighted Titanic by Filson Young, a book that was rushed into print 100 years ago shortly after the sinking. Ms. Litt is well read in military history and brings her expertise to unearthing readable first person accounts of World War I and the American Civil War. She often suggests biographies and autobiographies of famous historical figures and of not so well-known people who wrote about their pioneer experiences and travel adventures.
Litt is a retired federal worker living in San Antonio and is a lifelong lover of the classics. She ensures that the books she blogs about not only have appeal for today’s readers, but are formatted properly. Some Amazon Kindle downloads have transcription and textual errors that make them difficult to read. She guides readers away from those editions, so that they do not waste time on a corrupted text. Where applicable, she credits the proper translator, as sometimes translators have been incorrectly attributed on Amazon.
http://www.ClassicKindle.com (free online version)
http://www.KindleClassic.com (US Kindle subscription)
http://www.KindleClassicUK.com (UK Kindle subscription)
(Note to editors For more information, contact Marilyn Knapp Litt at marilyn(at)marilynlitt(dot)com)