Akashic Books is doing an ebook advent calendar this year, giving way one free ebook every business day until Christmas Eve. The books come in DRM-free mobi or epub, and you don't have to sign in or up for anything, just download them right from the page.
Looking to discover great new voices in MM fiction? Then the Big Gay Fiction Giveaway is for you! A selection of the finest gay and bisexual historical fiction, literary fiction, new adult fiction, science fiction and fantasy, as well as traditional and paranormal romance, all free for a limited time. Enjoy full novels, short stories, and chapters.

Runs November 20-27.

Go to the site, click on the book you're interested in, and then that'll take you to another page that tells you if it's a full novel, short story, or preview. Then it takes an email address and Instafreebie sends you the file in DRM-free epub, mobi, or pdf. It does probably sign you up for all sorts of newsletters, but, hey, on the other hand, free books.
Ripetide Publishing is offering four LGBTQ books for free this week, so that anyone, no matter their financial means, can read these stories of love and hope:

Roller Girl by Vanessa North (f/f contemporary with a trans lead)
Lead Me Not by Ann Gallagher (inspirational m/m) [um, I think that means Christian]
Pickup Men by LC Chase (m/m cowboys)
When to Hold Them by GB Gordon (contemporary m/m)

Offer good until November 16, 2016; available in DRM-free epub, mobi or pdf. Requires an email. The file(s) will be sent to you.

If you wanna reblog on Tumblr.
Tor's starting an ebook of the month club, and if you sign up for their newsletter before August 7th, you can download Jo Walton's The Just City for free in epub or mobi, DRM-free.*

*Offer available only to those in the US and Canada.

Nine free novels and novellas! All you need is an email address, and you can get a DRM-free epub, mobi, or pdf sent to you.

Sweet Disorder, by Rose Lerner
Talk Sweetly to Me, by Courtney Milan
Rise of a Queen, by Chanta Rand
Be Not Afraid, by Alyssa Cole
The Hidden Blade, by Sherry Thomas
The Lawyer's Luck, by Piper Huguley
How to Catch a Wild Viscount, by Tessa Dare
Star Dust, by Emma Barry and Genevieve Turner

If you don't know where to start, I can recommend Lerner and Milan. They're two of my favorite romance writers.
Heads up, m/m fans. Jordan Castillo Price is, for a limited time, giving away the first book in her Mnevermind series, The Persistence of Memory, for free!

It's available at Smashwords, which is my favorite place for ebooks because they're always DRM-free and come in a variety of formats, but also Kobo, Amazon, and iTunes.
Right now there are some Andre Norton books as free Kindle books at Amazon.

Linky Link
I've seen a couple of interesting free ebooks being linked, so I thought I'd relink here.



http://islamscifi.com/a-mosque-among-the-stars-available-for-free/

A Mosque Among The Stars was the first anthology that dealt with the subject of Muslim characters and/or Islamic themes and Science Fiction.



http://www.tor.com/blogs/2013/01/some-of-the-best-from-torcom-2012-is-out-now?et_cid=30080838&et_rid=88349520&linkid=Get+some+of+our+favorite+short+fiction+from+the+past+year+for+free.

story descriptions here )
Link - Free ebook: Photographs of Claudia by KG MacGregor (Download Formats: PDF, mobi, and epub.)

Apparently Bella Books, one of the bigger lesbian publishers out there, is giving away this book for free for a limited time.

Notes: Getting it was fairly hassle-less. You can sign in as guest and put anything you wanted in the customer form, and the "santa" code worked by making it free! :)
The first of these books was all kinds of very good (I haven't had the chance to read the second yet), so if you've heard of these and haven't had the chance to read them yet, this giveaway might be of interest to you. The files appear to be DRM-free.

"In celebration of the release of RAPTURE, the final book in the trilogy, Night Shade is giving away totally FREE ecopies of BOTH GOD’S WAR and INFIDEL.

...

Just send an email to Beldamegiveaway@nightshadebooks.com. Night Shade will shoot back an email to you with the info you need to download the files for GOD’S WAR and INFIDEL. Both Epub and Mobi files are available.

Free downloads are only available from November 1st to November 8th, 2012."

http://www.kameronhurley.com/?p=12633

Here's the blurb for God's War:

Nyx had already been to hell. One prayer more or less wouldn't make any difference...

On a ravaged, contaminated world, a centuries-old holy war rages, fought by a bloody mix of mercenaries, magicians, and conscripted soldiers. Though the origins of the war are shady and complex, there's one thing everybody agrees on--

There's not a chance in hell of ending it.

Nyx is a former government assassin who makes a living cutting off heads for cash. But when a dubious deal between her government and an alien gene pirate goes bad, Nyx's ugly past makes her the top pick for a covert recovery. The head they want her to bring home could end the war--but at what price?

The world is about to find out.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art has put PDFs of all their out-of-print works available for free online.  Bad news is, they're the kind of PDFs that you can't copy the text out of, so if you want to convert to another format you'll have to OCR them first.  Good news is, there's a lot of really cool books there for free.
Planet Baen is a planetary-management strategy game in which you win free ebooks every 5 levels and every ## allies you add. (1 ebook at the 10th alliance; another at the 25th; another... later. I don't think anyone's gotten more than that yet; they get expensive.) 20+ allies: 1st @ 20, 2nd @ 25, 3rd @ 29; 1 per 4 after that. (I got better info.)

It's in early beta. It's sometimes glitchy. Documentation is limited. There's a forum at the Baen Bar for discussion, and a thread at Mobileread where it's being discussed (and another with MR members who are playing).

Key point: Sign up with the same email address you use for Baen ebooks; the coupons aren't transferable.

Getting 1 or 2 ebooks is relatively easy; getting more takes time. Baen actively wants feedback and ideas, and is okay with people making multiple accounts to test different approaches. (Baen has never been stingy with their ebooks, so they don't mind if people wind up with a couple of extras, especially if that means the game is getting tested. However, signing up for 50 accounts, playing to level 5 on each of them, and abandoning them, would not be cool.)
edit - 12/29/2011: A commenter let me know that the promotion is over, so the price is back to regular price.

Via the author's journal, [personal profile] marthawells:

If you don't already have it, the Kindle US edition of The Cloud Roads is still currently free: here.

I haven't read the book myself, so here's a summary from Amazon :)

From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. Moon's world is populated by many different intelligent species (none of them human), and he has never known which one he belongs to. Orphaned at a young age, he's wandered from tribe to tribe, hiding a dangerous secret. Like the universally hated Fell, whose only aims are slaughter and conquest, Moon can fly—which leads to predictably violent cases of mistaken identity. When he does find his own people, the Raksura, life doesn't get any easier, since their internal politics are vicious, and they too are in imminent danger from the Fell. Cue hairsbreadth escapes and feats of derring-do, as Moon helps his new family evacuate their doomed colony and then rescues a group of kidnapped children. Wells (The Gate of Gods) merrily ignores genre conventions as she spins an exciting adventure around an alien hero who anyone can identify with.
160 het-ish and 145 gay-ish romance ebooks free at Wowio.com. They require a login & don't allow some email addresses (when I signed up, a few years ago, they required a non-free email address, but I don't know if that's changed since they started selling books in addition to having freebies.)

Het(ish) books: http://www.wowio.com/sponsorpage.asp?AdId=84 (160 books) Some of these are public-domain works.

Gay(ish) books: http://www.wowio.com/sponsorpage.asp?AdId=85 (145 books) A small number of these are nonfiction.

Some are full-length novels; some are short stories. All are locked PDFs; they may not work well on some e-readers. (I always strip the locks & crop out the margins before I put them on a portable device.) Long lists under the cuts.

160-or-so 'Romance' books )

145-or-so Gay & Lesbian books )
Archive of Our Own is an excellent source for free eBooks. Every single story posted on Archive of Our Own is free, DRM-free and is available for download in four formats: mobi, EPUB, PDF and HTML.

'But wait,' you say, 'Archive of Our Own is an archive for fanfiction. I don't read fanfiction!' Well, you are in luck, because Archive of Our Own has a very broad definition of fanfiction and thus a number of stories which may appeal to non-fanfiction readers. For example, do you like Regency romances or reinterpretations of fairy tales?

Try Lord Wolfe and the Ape-Leader (30887 words) by faviconwho_la_hoop: The sensible Flora Pilkington is delighted to be asked to accompany her cousin Emily, a wealthy heiress, on a sojourn to Bath – even if seventeen-year-old Emily is something of a ninny-hammer. However, when the dashing but mysterious Lord Wolfe rescues Emily from Terrible Peril, causing her to fall quite in love with him, Flora becomes deeply suspicious. Just who is this Lord Wolfe? Why does he persist in winking at Flora in such a deeply uncouth manner? Why does he refuse to attend all evening engagements? And what is the insufferable man's dark, awful secret? (For she is quite convinced that he has one.) Flora determines to find out, whatever the danger to her reputation...

Have you been enjoying (or enjoying panning) the recent zombie apocalypse fiction trend? Or perhaps you like your C. Wright Mills and Michel Foucault-centric sociology with a slice of humor?

Try Many Forms of Resistance (2323 words) by faviconamalnahurriyeh: No one had ever expected a critical theory conference to end so poorly. The worst you could usually expect was that someone would get wine thrown on them.

There are many short and longer stories in fandom categories at Archive of Our Own which, if they were to be published, would simply be considered fiction. You can browse the shelves of any US bookstore and find fictionalized history about real historical people, and re-interpretations of Shakespeare's plays, Jane Austen's works, or the Odyssey. You can also find all those categories at Archive of Our Own.

A list of fandom categories for non-fanfiction readers, a guide for how to browse AO3, and how to tell what's worth reading. )

Archive of Our Own is well worth everyone's time because it's chock full of great free (and DRM-free) eBooks. Take a chance and try it as non-traditional publishing source for free eBooks; you might be pleasantly surprised. Have fun browsing and happy reading!

Note: If you've found some great stories on AO3 which you feel might appeal to someone who wouldn't consider themselves a fanfiction reader, please feel free to leave it in the comments! More recommendations are good for everyone.
"The Lavender Scare: The Cold War Persecution of Gays and Lesbians in the Federal Government" by David K. Johnson (2004)
Details: Go to the University of Chicago Press Website

“David Johnson’s engrossing study of the persecution of gays and lesbians during the Cold War, complete with a comprehensive picture of the gay culture that flourished in Washington, is an important addition to a subject all too often ignored.”—Dallas Morning News

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Hi, this is my first post to this community. *wave* I just wanted to share this rare free non-fiction find. Apparently this is a free e-book for the month of June. It does require Adobe Digital Editions. (For ipad users such as myself, this means downloading the Bluefire reader app & signing up with an adobe ID. For PC users this means downloading some software.)

Update: Eek, apparently some of our community members are experiencing trouble with the PC ADE software (see comments for instructions). (DRM, you cause more trouble than you are worth. :/)
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([personal profile] cathepsut May. 19th, 2011 06:58 pm)
free ebooks this way...

http://greyhartpress.com/free-e-books/

I haven't checked it yet myself, so can't say if the offers are any good... :-)
Free ebook: Zendegi by Greg Egan until May 6; requires sending an email to zendegigiveaway@nightshadebooks.com and getting on Nightshade Books' email list (which you can stop anytime, but hey, they give away free scifi ebooks).
Cat Valente's The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making is free for download through the weekend
All Romance is offering free ebooks through April 22nd 21st. There is a different one each day. You do have to create an account with them to get the books. I don't know if there are any geographical restrictions but they do seem to have a lot of countries for the country drop-down when you sign up. They don't validate your address or phone number though.

Today's book is Cecilia Tan's 1st book in her Magic University universe. Since I am always mentioning these books, I thought it appropriate that I drop a note here about it.

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