Free ebook: Writing Fiction for Dummies

Well, yes, it is the Kindle edition and I don’t know how long this offer will last, but Amazon US is offering free copies of the Kindle edition of Peter Economy/Randy Ingermanson’s highly rated Writing Fiction for Dummies:

Keep in mind that you don’t need a Kindle. You can download and read it on Macs, PCs, iPhones and any other device for which there’s a Kindle app. But even though it is free, you’ll need an Amazon/Kindle account.

I tried to see if it’s free in the UK, but Amazon wouldn’t let me, with a US IP address, know that information. You’ll need to check that for yourself and keep that information from us across the water.

The paperback and digital list price is $19.95, so this is a good deal. Text-to-speech is enabled, so if you have a recent Kindle, you can listen to it on the go.

Don’t know how long this offer will last, so act quickly.

–Michael W. Perry, Untangling Tolkien

There is a catch: You need the Amazon Kindle reader installed on your computer, and that works only with an Intel processor.


Wouldn’t that be the shortest book ever?

Aha! That explains it! (The intel processor, I mean.) I tried to download the Kindle app for my iPhone, but could not actually read the book I bought. Could this be because I’m still primarily using an eMac and don’t have an intel processor?

(No worries - it was a different book, and I managed to get it for a different reader that did work. It’s just curious that Kindle would require Intel. I do think Mr. Ingermanson has some good ideas, and I thought of grabbing his book, but didn’t want to fight with Kindle on my iPhone again.)

The Intel bit is only applicable to Mac computers. The iPhone is completely separate, and the free Kindle app for the iPhone should work on it just fine. There might be some version constraints though. If your phone is very old, maybe it just isn’t supported any more.

It’s worth adding that this is a good book for beginners, with some sensible and detailed advice not to be found elsewhere, and not (contrary to what some might expect) purely focused on Randy Ingermanson’s snowflake system.

And UK customers (and elsewhere) get left out again, sob…