Aug 15, 2011

Free eBooks for Writers

To me, reading for pleasure doesn't include a computer, eReader or any other electronic device, but when I realized that I could download the Kindle app for my PC for free, I jumped on it.  Besides the free app, I was able to download  from a list of over 1,000 free eBooks of all genres, several of them specific to the world of writing.

Here's a small sampling of free eBooks about writing that cost only a few minutes of my time this morning:

Portable MFA in Creative Writing
The benefits of an MFA in Creative Writing, without the expense and time constraints of the classroom

Robert's Rules of Writing
Toss out the writer's rule book

Essays in the Art of Writing
Public domain version of Robert Louis Stevenson's book in easy to navigate Kindle form

News Writing - The Gathering, Handling and Writing of News Stories
No reviews, but the title looks worth a read

Smashwords Book Marketing Guide - How to Market Any Book for Free
Title says it all

Smashwords Style Guide - How to Format Your eBook
Another Smashwords hit

Publish on Amazon Kindle With Kindle Direct Publishing
Free eBook on how to publish your own eBook

There were many more on the list, but for the sake of brevity I'm not going to list them all.  To do your own search, choose Kindle eBooks from the drop down menu (the default is All Departments) on the home page, then type a keyword in the search box.  When it returns the master list, click to sort by price and all free eBooks will appear first.

Before purchasing any book for your reference library, see if you can save some money on an eBook version.  Even if not free, most eBooks are much cheaper than the print version, and they're available immediately with no wait for shipping time.


  1. Useful information. I get eye-ache reading off the computer screen for long periods though.

  2. Good stuff here, I gotta get into the 20th century... ...I mean the 21st century.

  3. MA,
    Thanks for this. I finally got the time to check this out. You were right, I found tons of stuff I can use. Not just this deal, but the entire Amazon thing. This is another IOU on the ledger. God Bless

  4. Love your background. Thanks for the list. I have the kindle app downloaded on my PC, just didn't realize there were writing references for free.

  5. Nice! I'm going to pass that last link on to a friend.

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