June 6, 2020

Quarantine, You & Free e-books | How To Read Them!

Hey, it’s a bright sunny day and I hope you’re inside your little homes. I say little homes because not everybody lives in a bungalow or a 4-BHK flat. It’s time we love our homes the way they are as not everyone has a shelter to dwell in.

So, on this positive note let’s dive into today’s topic which is called – Quarantine, you and free e-books and how to go about reading them.

Though I’m not convinced on reading books for free I’ve come up with this blog that’ll talk about the free e-books you can read in the quarantine period.

Because it’s the best time for reading.

I neither vouch for free pdf downloads nor borrowing of the books because the authors to have a family to support.

A friend of mine asked me where can he find books for free. Come on guys, a book costs much less than a coffee at Starbucks or maybe even CDD.

But now that the book stores are shut (due to the lockdown) and Amazon has stopped delivering physical copies of the books, you might wonder how to read books in this quarantine period.

And I’m sure by now you’re tired of all the social media platforms as everywhere you go you see only negativity and deaths.

If you’re the one who has always wanted to read books and would complain about the lack of time, quarantine period a lifetime opportunity for you. If not now, then when?

I think this quarantine period is the time to do something and that something should be the best thing, isn’t it?

So without any further ado let me tell you how you can read e-books at the comfort of your home and without owning a Kindle device.

A step-by-step process to read an ebook

1. I know you’re tired of using your phone for that’s what you’ve been doing in this quarantine period. And how much PUBG can one play!

So, I thought of telling you that you can make the best use of your phone by reading books on it.

Yes, all you need to have is your phone and willingness to read.

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2. When Amazon can’t deliver books at your doorstep, download the Amazon Kindle app and get your books downloaded in one click.

That’s true! You’ll find all the possible books on this app shown in the below image.

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3. There’s an easy option called “Buy Now With 1-Click”. Enter your account details and simply buy the book with as low as 10 bucks for a book.

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If you are habitual of turning the book and reading the blurb, in this app you can scroll down and read everything right from the number of pages, blurb and detailed information about the author.

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4. Aren’t you excited to dive into one of the million books available on Amazon? Then get going and pick one and have a Sunday beautiful.

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My ebook Suggestions

Many of you might get confused about picking the right book as you’ll be investing your time and money in the book.

For starters, I would suggest you pick the short reads. Most of them are 20 to 30 minutes read but have the potential to stay with you and amaze you for a long time.

I love reading short stories on Amazon. They’re crisp and impactful.

Many of you ask for suggestions so I’ve my all-time favourite list of e-books for you. When I say ebook they aren’t available in print at all as they are really tiny ones.

1.The Wonderful World of Books by Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam

This one is an eleven pages book where Kalam Sir talk to us in his soothing voice. This becomes a must-read because he tells his reading journey how it flourished from his childhood days until he himself became an author.

I have a habit of buying books in bulk whenever there’s a sale on Amazon Kindle app. This one’s amongst the many.

2.The Nameless Relationship by Preeti Shenoy

Preeti Shenoy Mam writes in two genres. The one which is printed are love stories and the e-books are dark-themed based. But both are a treat to read. Her words flow naturally and have the power to cling to the book until we’ve completed reading it. (Click here to read about Preeti Shenoy).

3. 5 Best Short Stories by Rabindranath Tagore

These stories are some of the best works of Tagore. The Kabuliwallah is an award-winning short story which is compiled in this short stories collection. I read that story twice. It’s beautiful and heart touching.

4. Great Jungle Stories by Ruskin Bond

If you’re fed up of reading about humans or humans, in general, this book is for you. It’s a wonderful creation by Ruskin Bond where the animals have dialogues. Don’t miss this one.

5. 10 Must Read Animal Stories by Ruskin Bond

And some more animals that talk.

6. The Frogs by Preeti Shenoy

It’s again a Dark theme creatively written that’ll leave you dumbfounded at the end of it.

7. Sifar by Akash Rumade

Sifar is a collection of poems which gives the reader a metaphorical hangover and the book stays with you for a long time. The author is a good friend of mine and I’ve loved this compilation of his.

8. 10 Ways To Begin Your Day by Steve Chandler

Have absolutely loved this book and the examples mentioned by the author. I’ve highlighted a lot of great lines and keep going back to them every now and then.

This amazon kindle app has a good feature that replaces the marker you use for highlighting some nice lines in the book.

9. Mrs Rao by Shraddha Rane

Lastly, even I have an ebook on Amazon. It’s an old-age love story that’ll plant a new perceptive of love in you and leave you introspecting.

Read the free downloadable sample and decide for yourself.

What is Amazon unlimited subscription

Another option available in this app is you can take the one-month subscription which gives you a free first month.

With this subscription, you can read a thousand books for free and many from the above list.

Advantages of reading a book in the Quarantine period

Now that you’re all staying home 24 * 7 for we-don’t-know-for-how-long, you may fall into small quarrels with your family members.

If you’re fed up of such fights, then it’s better you bury your head into a book and get lost in its beautiful world. Because now only books can take you to different places.

So, what do you think? Would you be able to do read a book/s in this quarantine period? Are you still thinking about spending money on books?

Free e-books

Well, then I shall tell you an app (available on Playstore) which I have never used but many of my friends have.

It’s called Anybooks!

I repeat again, I do not recommend free books but now that I don’t want you’ll to waste your time grumbling and feeling negative about the entire pandemic thing, I ask you to read from this app.

If you want book recommendations do visit the below link and just get started.

https://www.shraddharane.com/book-review/

Do let me know if you found this blog helpful by commenting below. Feel free to ask your doubts if any. I’ll be happy to connect with you.

Share this blog with your friends and family who’re frustrated in the quarantine and want to indulge in something positive.

Stay home! Stay Safe!

& take care of yourself 🙂

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Shraddha Rane is a blogger from Mumbai, India. She graduated from the University of Mumbai and enjoys writing and spending time with her friends.

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