Microsoft Corp. has made 60 best-selling eBooks available for free download by users of Microsoft Reader, including the version that comes on Pocket PCs. These books represent a wide cross-section of authors and books from a variety of publishers
The 20-week promotion will feature three new titles each week. These are not public domain books available for free anywhere else. Among these will be “A Short History of Nearly Everything,” by Bill Bryson; “The Joy Luck Club,” by Amy Tan; “Fear Itself,” by Walter Mosley; and “Beach Music,” by Pat Conroy. Each will be available for only a week.
“We believe this summer promotion underscores the growing interest in reading eBooks,” said Cliff Guren, group product manager of eReading at Microsoft. “Every month, more and more best-selling books are being released simultaneously in both print and eBook formats. The growing popularity of Pocket PCs and the introduction of Tablet PCs give customers really great mobile platforms for reading books on screen. We believe this promotion will encourage more consumers to give eBooks a try; our research shows that once customers actually start reading on screen with Microsoft Reader, they find it a really satisfying experience, and they purchase eBooks on a regular basis.”
These will be available from the Microsoft Reader Web site starting today, July 4.
For both new and current users of Microsoft Reader, downloading the first one of these eBooks will include an upgraded version of the application with a simpler installation and activation process, as well as enhanced security features. The new version is required to take advantage of the new promotional eBooks as well as future additions to the Microsoft Reader catalog; consumers also will be able to use it to read previously downloaded eBooks.
An MSN Passport is required to activate Microsoft Reader.