I subscribe to a few blogs covering free books for the Kindle, so The Best Free Ebooks for Kindle, updated daily by Good Reads sounded interesting as yet another source. But to date it has proven to be a disappointment. Read the title again, where as of this date it says "The Best Free Ebooks for Kindle, updated daily," and my issue is the last two words there, as it hasn't lived up to its promise.
There are some good points, and the first one has to deal with formatting, and the author/editor does an excellent job of making each page readable and interesting. These are not just random product listings, but thoughtfully crafted words and paragraphs that let the reader know what to expect. But on the downside, my issue has to with the number of postings that we've been led to expect. Right there on the Product Description, it says:
"This blog gives Kindle readers the chance to discover the best free ebooks. We review at least five new books every day. You can download the book directly from each post."
Taking a look at my Kindle 2 as of this date, I see the following, and I'm listing the timestamp with abbreviated titles:
* February 8, 10:00 pm: Suzanne Woods Fisher's book Keeper...
* February 7, 10:00 pm: Best of TOC 2012 free for Kindle for a limited time
* February 6, 10:00 pm: Kaplan's book Intro to SAT...
* February 6, 12:00 am: Jim Kraus's book Laugh-a-Day Book of Bloopers...
And that's it: there are no more.
There is nothing wrong with my Kindle 2. It's reliable and I'm receiving blog updates and books a number of times here, so that's no reason. Further, I picked this up with the customary free 14 day trial period, and there was a brief flurry of activity in late December, but very little since then. Still, I liked the formatting, so I started my paid subscription on January 8, 2012, hoping that the author/editor was having some lapse or posting issues with Amazon. Sadly, that was not to be the case. And I keep coming back to that product description where it says: "We review at least five new books every day."
If this blog had just half the contents and links of Free Kindle Books and Tips, then I would be pleased, because differences in editorial content can be helpful. But the numbers above speak for themselves. There are other "free Kindle book" blogs out there, and if anyone has a favorite or alternative they've discovered, please feel free to leave a comment.
Right now I'll leave my subscription active in hopes that things will improve. As such I'm giving it a 3-star rating (based on readable layout), and think that is generous considering the promises made by the author. But this will be a "dynamic" review, where I'll keep things updated. I hope to keep my subscription active and can up my rating to four or five stars in time. If not, then I'll just cancel and move on.
Have revised this review downward from a 3-star (It's OK) rating to 2-stars, using Amazon's scale. Note that the blog author has changed part of the product info from "We review at least five new books every day" to read "We review at many as three new books every day." See the comments here on this review for additional and more recent info.
The author of this blog never lived up to his original statement "The Best Free Ebooks for Kindle, updated daily," and even with his revision of "We review at many as three new books every day" the author has never lived up to that attempt... and he needs to check his words before posting even that claim. Maybe he thinks that his feeble attempt of posting two "reviews" of the same book, Kaplan's Intro to SAT on February 14th will placate some, but to this reader it's not worth the time to see double-postings like this. On February 15th, the author reviewed two books, but it's now a case of too little, too late. Am revising this blog to a 1-star rating, and if you take the time to read all of the above, you'll understand why.