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A third freebie: you don't need to own a Kindle to take advantage of free Kindle content. You can download a free Kindle reader from Amazon for your device. (You'll need to set up a free account at the Kindle store, tho, in order to download anything.)
To date, we've offered the Kindle versions of these books periodically as free downloads, and there have - literally - been thousands of downloads in response during those times.
Communion of Dreams is a hard science fiction book with at least 69 reviews up on Amazon, and the average rating is 4 1/2 stars out of 5.
Her Final Year is the true-life story of caregiving and recovery that Shadan7 & I co-authored with our wives - much of the story was, in fact, drawn from diaries that we'd each posted on Daily Kos as we journeyed along the well-worn path of home caregivers. HFY has had 21 customer reviews on Amazon, and holds a 5 star rating.
As for the Kindle platform, I've downloaded a bunch of free books that have come up as special offers & downloads: it's been a great app to have, on my phone, tablet, laptop & desktop.
Whether you celebrate anything during this holiday season or not, this is a great opportunity to get some quality stuff for free that can feed your mind, heal your soul and open the road toward more opportunities for reading in your life or in the lives of ones you love.
Namaste, and thank you.
Originally posted to GreyHawk on Mon Dec 23, 2013 at 08:40 AM PST.