July72012
“The suburb of Saffron Park lay on the sunset side of London, as red and ragged as a cloud of sunset. It was built of a bright brick throughout; its sky-line was fantastic, and even its ground plan was wild. It had been the outburst of a speculative builder, faintly tinged with art, who called its architecture sometimes Elizabethan and sometimes Queen Anne, apparently under the impression that the two sovereigns were identical. It was described with some justice as an artistic colony, though it never in any definable way produced any art. But although its pretensions to be an intellectual centre were a little vague, its pretensions to be a pleasant place were quite indisputable.” The Man Who Was Thursday by G.K. Chesterton
Download the FREE ebook & join our online book discussion for July!
June182012
We recently kicked off Mystery Summer at the Mid-Manhattan Library! Visit bit.ly/mysterysummer to see our full schedule of Film Noir screenings, online book discussions, and more. Throughout the summer, we also be highlighting free mystery-themed ebooks.
Our first selection is G.K.Chesterton’s The Man Who Was Thursday: A Nightmare, available as a free download for the Kindle, Nook, and Sony E-reader.
This 1907 novel reveals an Edwardian era London teeming with anarchists, undercover detectives, and the philosophical musings common to the author’s more well-known Father Brown mysteries.
We will also be discussing it online as part of our Readers Den book discussion this July!

We recently kicked off Mystery Summer at the Mid-Manhattan Library! Visit bit.ly/mysterysummer to see our full schedule of Film Noir screenings, online book discussions, and more. Throughout the summer, we also be highlighting free mystery-themed ebooks.

Our first selection is G.K.Chesterton’s The Man Who Was Thursday: A Nightmare, available as a free download for the Kindle, Nook, and Sony E-reader.

This 1907 novel reveals an Edwardian era London teeming with anarchists, undercover detectives, and the philosophical musings common to the author’s more well-known Father Brown mysteries.

We will also be discussing it online as part of our Readers Den book discussion this July!

April242012
The countdown to  Free Comic Book Day (Saturday, May 5) continues! Every day, we are posting a different (free) digital comic leading up to the event.
Today, check out a free digital copy of Warren Ellis’ Planetary #1, which you can read online at comixology.com or download through the Comixology app for Android or for iOS (universal app for iPhone & iPad).
Warren Ellis (Transmetropolitan, FreakAngels) is always fantastic and I once heard a clerk at NYC’s Forbidden Planet describe this book as his “love letter to science fiction.”
Please note: new users will have to sign up for a free account and comic is rated 12+.

The countdown to  Free Comic Book Day (Saturday, May 5) continues! Every day, we are posting a different (free) digital comic leading up to the event.

Today, check out a free digital copy of Warren Ellis’ Planetary #1, which you can read online at comixology.com or download through the Comixology app for Android or for iOS (universal app for iPhone & iPad).

Warren Ellis (Transmetropolitan, FreakAngels) is always fantastic and I once heard a clerk at NYC’s Forbidden Planet describe this book as his “love letter to science fiction.”

Please note: new users will have to sign up for a free account and comic is rated 12+.

April232012
Free Comic Book Day (Saturday, May 5) is less than two weeks away! To celebrate, we will be highlighting a different FREE! digital comic each day.
Today’s free digital comic is Madman: The Oddity Oddysey #1, which you can read online at comixology.com or download through the Comixology app for Android or for iOS (universal app for iPhone / iPad).
This is an early version of Allred’s zany superhero and it definitely captures a darker side of the series, featuring the evil Mr. Monstadt and a serial killer plot.
Please note: new users will have to sign up for a free account and comic is rated 12+.

Free Comic Book Day (Saturday, May 5) is less than two weeks away! To celebrate, we will be highlighting a different FREE! digital comic each day.

Today’s free digital comic is Madman: The Oddity Oddysey #1, which you can read online at comixology.com or download through the Comixology app for Android or for iOS (universal app for iPhone / iPad).

This is an early version of Allred’s zany superhero and it definitely captures a darker side of the series, featuring the evil Mr. Monstadt and a serial killer plot.

Please note: new users will have to sign up for a free account and comic is rated 12+.

September282011
Last week’s big news: Kindle ebooks are now available from New York Public Library!
This week’s news: Amazon is launching a new line-up of Kindles, including a sub-$99 reader, streamlined versions with touch input, and the Kindle Fire (with color screen and Android-based operating system.)
What do you think? Are you tempted by any of the new Kindle models or do you prefer your iPad or Nook for reading ebooks?

Last week’s big news: Kindle ebooks are now available from New York Public Library!

This week’s news: Amazon is launching a new line-up of Kindles, including a sub-$99 reader, streamlined versions with touch input, and the Kindle Fire (with color screen and Android-based operating system.)

What do you think? Are you tempted by any of the new Kindle models or do you prefer your iPad or Nook for reading ebooks?

August82011
This week’s free ebook is Philip K. Dick’s novella The Variable Man.
It was originally published in a 1953 issue of Space Science Fiction magazine at the very beginning of the writer’s career (before he even had a literary agent) and has since fallen into the public domain.
The plot deals with two warring civilizations in the future who find themselves in stalemate since computers are able to predict the outcome of battles before they start.  Enter Thomas Cole, a time traveler from the 20th century, who just may be enough to tip the scales in one or the other’s favor.

This week’s free ebook is Philip K. Dick’s novella The Variable Man.

It was originally published in a 1953 issue of Space Science Fiction magazine at the very beginning of the writer’s career (before he even had a literary agent) and has since fallen into the public domain.

The plot deals with two warring civilizations in the future who find themselves in stalemate since computers are able to predict the outcome of battles before they start.  Enter Thomas Cole, a time traveler from the 20th century, who just may be enough to tip the scales in one or the other’s favor.

August12011
Here is another free sci-fi ebook, a young adult title that may interest adults as well: Cory Doctorow’s For The Win.
Doctorow is an outspoken critic of digital rights managment technology (DRM) and releases all of his works for free online.  This, his second young adult novel, deals with MMO’s (massively multiplayer online games) and what organized labor might look like in a virtual economy.
The book is licensed under a Creative Commons license (CC BY-NC-SA) and is available in a variety of ebook formats compatible with your Nook, Kindle, or Sony Reader.

Here is another free sci-fi ebook, a young adult title that may interest adults as well: Cory Doctorow’s For The Win.

Doctorow is an outspoken critic of digital rights managment technology (DRM) and releases all of his works for free online.  This, his second young adult novel, deals with MMO’s (massively multiplayer online games) and what organized labor might look like in a virtual economy.

The book is licensed under a Creative Commons license (CC BY-NC-SA) and is available in a variety of ebook formats compatible with your Nook, Kindle, or Sony Reader.

July262011
Today’s free download is an ebook of H.P. Lovecraft’s At the Mountains of Madness.
Lying somewhere between science fiction and horror, it is geologist William Dyer’s first-person account of an Antarctic expedition which goes horribly awry after the explorers encounter an ancient, alien civilization.
New to Lovecraft?  China Mieville provides a great introduction to the writer in the Modern Library edition of the book (warning: spoilers!)

Today’s free download is an ebook of H.P. Lovecraft’s At the Mountains of Madness.

Lying somewhere between science fiction and horror, it is geologist William Dyer’s first-person account of an Antarctic expedition which goes horribly awry after the explorers encounter an ancient, alien civilization.

New to Lovecraft?  China Mieville provides a great introduction to the writer in the Modern Library edition of the book (warning: spoilers!)

June72011
Our first free download is the classic cyberpunk Wetware Tetralogy by Rudy Rucker.
In celebration of Sci-Fi Summer Reading, we will be hosting an online discussion of the first book, Software, throughout the month of June.
To participate:1) Download the free ebook for your computer, Kindle, Nook, or Sony e-Reader.2) Join us online for the first weekly book discussion on the New York Public Library Reader’s Den. 

Our first free download is the classic cyberpunk Wetware Tetralogy by Rudy Rucker.

In celebration of Sci-Fi Summer Reading, we will be hosting an online discussion of the first book, Software, throughout the month of June.

To participate:
1) Download the free ebook for your computer, Kindle, Nook, or Sony e-Reader.
2) Join us online for the first weekly book discussion on the New York Public Library Reader’s Den

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