Have you signed up for a Smashwords Reader account?

I wrote a blogpost a couple of weeks ago about how to enjoy Kindle books without buying a Kindle. In addition to the Kindle Store at Amazon, did you know that you can get lots of free and low cost ebooks from Smashwords?

If you're unfamiliar with Smashwords click here for Smashwords founder and CEO Mark Coker's explanation.

If you want to read ebooks from Smashwords it's really easy to set up a free reader's account. Then you can sample and download hundreds of titles in a wide range of genres written by indie authors from around the globe.

It isn't actually necessary to get your downloads from Smashwords. You can read the free samples - often 20% of the book - and then download from your preferred ebook retailer. Smashwords samples and downloads come in a variety of formats and whatever ereader you use there'll be something suitable.

To get your free reader account go to https://www.smashwords.com/signup/login and complete the Sign Up form. Smashwords will send an activation email which includes some useful information about using the site. This is well worth reading as it explains how to sample and download the ebooks; how to read them on whichever device you prefer; and how to use the adult filter. You can also turn the book covers on and off with a button at the bottom of the screen if you wish.

Once you've got your free reader account follow any of these links to sample the books I've published for author Michael Murray:

You'll need your adult filter turned off for both Magnificent Britain and Julia's Room as both contain adult themes and a few scenes of a sexual nature. Smashwords insist that authors decide if their ebooks are suitable for readers younger than 18 years. If they're not they have to be published in the adult category. This means that adult literary fiction like Magnificent Britain and Julia's Room ("adult language and other adult situations") gets categorised with "erotica" and books containing "graphic violence"; I quote from the Smashwords email mentioned above.

If you need help with downloading an ebook from Smashwords to your ereader, there's helpful advice for all devices on the Smashwords FAQ page: 

If you've downloaded an ebook from Smashwords onto your P.C and you want to read it on a Kindle there are several ways to transfer your file but I find this is the easiest and most straightforward:
  • Connect your Kindle to your P.C. using the USB cable supplied at time of purchase.
  • Highlight the .mobi file of the ebook you got from Smashwords in your Downloads Folder.
  • Click >Move to.
  • Select Kindle in My Computer and highlight the Kindle downloads folder.
  • Double click the highlighted Kindle downloads folder.
  • Disconnect the Kindle USB cable from the computer.
  • Open the Kindle and check the ebook has transferred. If you've downloaded Magnificent Britain by Michael Murray start reading straight away!